Hey Galil, today was our third Shabbat of the summer! We started with our normal hitkansut boker (morning flag raising) before heading to a muffin feast! Every week, the bonimot and bogrimot (post 8th and 9th graders) pitch in on Thursday night to raise a small army ready for consumption the next morning. This week’s muffins were especially tasty, with my favorite being the sprinkle-chocolate chip kind. Next was time for extended periods of avodah (daily jobs) and nickayon tzrif (cabin cleaning). Everyone made sure to clean as hard as they could in pursuit of the golden broom!
After machaneh (camp) looked beautiful and each and every tzrif was spotless, we broke up by shichva (age group) for madatz peulah, which is when the madatz (CITs) run activities for their kids! Each shichva did something slightly different: some learned about sustainability while others painted personal rocks using colors that corresponded to a personality trait. Everyone learned a little bit and had some fun as well. At this point we were getting pretty hungry, but luckily it was time for shabbat shira, our singing competition followed by a picnic pizza lunch! This week, the tzophimot (post 7th graders) had the most energy so they got called first.
After lunch was a lot of chofesh (free time) with some time for free swim included. After a few hours Everyone changed into their Shabbat outfits just in time for michpachot (family time). We had a really packed week, so everyone had lots of things to reflect on. My michpacha had a really nice conversation recapping our highlights of the week and sharing things we were looking forward to. Then, we all followed the precession, gave some blessings to each other, sang some songs, and had an amazing Shabbat dinner of Jamaican beef patties, potatoes, and of course matzah ball soup. I’m still full!
Following dinner was the oneg a weekly skit/show written by chanichimot recapping some of the funny things that happened in the week. Next was something that people look forward to all week: rikkud (Israeli dancing)! We danced the night away, and everyone went to bed excited for tomorrow’s 10:30 sleep-in. See you tomorrow night, and Shababt Shalom to all!