Today was Yom Tzedek and our theme for the day was education and service surrounding homelessness. The day started off with Hitkansut Boker and Ivrit Shimushit. Through a silly skit, we learned the word “ganav” which means thief, in Hebrew. Then, we meandered to the chadar ochel for a yummy breakfast of fluffy pancakes and scrambled eggs.
Then, we split into groups for avodah. After that, we cleaned the tzrifim. After nikayon tzrif, kids split into their kvutzot for sadnaot. It was exceptionally fun working with the nemerimot. We played games, decorated posters, and had a photoshoot.
Following sadnaot, we went to chug ritz-style pish alef. We explored different topics relating to homelesness. We discussed the cycle of poverty, mental illness, and homelesness. Then, we had fried rice, egg rolls, and salad bar. We sang some songs, had a little bit of rest time, and moved on to chuggim. Kiddos made pumpkin pie, played games, and had a pool party.
After Chuggim came Pish Bet. We had another set of sadnaot about homelessness, this time, delving into topics such as substance abuse and policing. Then, we had cheesesticks for kibud and headed into zman sports. The sports today were swimming, gaga, and running. The kids showered and had some free time. They played cards, made art, and played basketball.
Then, we gathered for Shirah and Hitkansut Erev. We learned a new song and played games as a machaneh. After Hitkansut, we went to dinner, which was chicken piccata. We had some chofesh following dinner and moved on to Tochnit Erev. For Tochnit Erev tonight, we assembled care packages for survivors of domestic abuse, which was meaningful for chanichimot. The care packages are being delivered to WOAR in Philadelphia.
PS – If you would like to donate to help cover the cost of supplies, you can send a donation, via PayPal, to to firstname.lastname@example.org with a note “For WOAR” or “For Yom Tzedek”. Any extra funds will be donated to WOAR.