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Created: July 22, 2023 | by Camp Galil
Preparing for Shabbat

Shabbat Shalom Galil Family!

The smell in here is like Shabbas, or is it the aroma of the delicious muffins we had for breakfast? The muffins that the bogrimot cooked the previous evening were a fantastic way to start the day. My personal favorite is the sprinkle cupcake, but other camp favorites include the blueberry, cinnamon sugar, and cookie monster varieties. Yes, the name “cookie monster” pretty much tells you what’s inside. We then had an extended avodah during which we prepared the camp for the soon-to-be  Shabbat night. Next, it was cleaning the  tzrif time. There is a contest every Friday to determine which age group has the cleanest tzrif. The legendary golden broom is awarded to the winning tzrif…ooooo! To find out who won, continue reading:) 

Later, we held a madatz (cit) puela, where the madatz led activities for the age groups to which they belonged. The children appreciate spending time with their madatz and enjoy hanging out with them. We enjoyed Shabbat Shira (singing) Lalalalala after Madatz Puela. Shabbat shira is where kids learn classic camp songs. To get into the insane singing mood, they wear goofy outfits. In order to get wonderful handmade pizza, kids must sing super duper loud. Delicious pizzas like sprinkle pizza, plain pizza, barbecue pizza, and onion pizza are provided with a delectable salad every Friday for lunch. Any camper will probably say that Friday pizza days are their favorite if you ask them. To wash down the pizza we had popsicles and ice cream sandwiches. 

The children had a few alternatives for the following couple of hours, including free swim, sports, and time to prepare for Shabbat. The ultimate game of ultimate frisbee is a camp favorite.! The campers gear up for the exciting night and prepare for Shabbat by putting on their fine clothes, styling their hair, and putting on their nice shoes. Next,  we get together with our mishpachot (families) every Friday. The children form a circle and share their favorite moment from the week, someone who inspired them this week, and something they are looking forward to in the future week. This is a chance to express your emotions and truly connect with those around you.  

What we refer to as “Kabbalat Shabbat” is performed every week by a different age group. The ChoSy performed an Israeli dance this week and sang both an English song and an Israeli song. 

Then comes a lavish Shabbat supper. After saying the prayers, we eat a delicious dinner. Tonight’s supper included matzah ball soup, chicken, vegetables, rice, grape juice, and challah. One camper remarked that she was looking forward to the upcoming Shabbat dinner because the food was so delicious.

The oneg (skit) was held after dinner. An age group performs a funny play for the entire camp at the oneg. The play is typically humorous and is a good method to connect over the humorous  events of the previous week. The funny play was performed by the bonimot this week. 

The campers engaged in rikkud (dance) to round off the evening. The children dance, learn Israeli dances, and dance all night long! After an eventful day, the lovely madatz put the exhausted campers to bed. It’s been a thrilling first Shabbat, and I can’t wait to see you again next week!

Shabbat Shalom,