Dear Parents of Kerem ’15,
It has been my privilege to learn with your children over the past few weeks. We have had a wonderful time exploring various topics and expanding our own thinking about how we identify and practice our Judaism.
We have explored such subjects as the nature of the Jewish people’s covenant with God, conversion into Judaism, observance of Shabbat and the idea of sacred time and space, sacredness of human life, emunah (pure faith) and where it fits into our lives, Kashrut, and why we study Torah. Most importantly however, your children were asked to be open and respectful to one another’s ideas and opinions and to support each other in what were often difficult and personal conversations. Through the investigation of both modern and ancient texts, each conversation led to a deeper analysis and understanding of how we relate to God, each other, and our broader world.
Thank you for sharing your children with us this summer so that we could help them reach new heights in their spiritual and emotional development and grow into even greater leaders of our camp and Am Yisrael.
All the best,
Rabbi Yehudah Potok, Kerem Teacher