At this time in June of 2017, I was pushing through my 10th grade finals, anxiously awaiting and dreaming of the day I would get to go to camp for my Kerem summer.
I vividly remember putting off studying to FaceTime my camp friends to talk about our plans for Kerem summer; a summer we had been looking forward to for what felt like our entire lives. We were so excited to experience each of the special traditions that we had seen Kerems enjoy for years prior, from wearing white on the first shabbat to leading Friday night zmirot, and to make new memories and bond as an aydah.
The funny thing is, a few weeks ago as I was in the midst of finals, this time at NYU, I found myself doing the exact same thing. Once again, I pushed off studying and spent hours on the phone talking about big Kerem plans– this time with hanhallah members and an awesome group of madrichim. I knew I had ample time to do this once finals were over, however, I couldn’t wait to begin prepping to make this coming summer an unforgettable one. There is nothing that excites me more than the idea of helping my chanichim have as much fun as I did, and the idea of getting to watch it all unfold.
I have absolutely loved watching this aydah grow and mature over the past few years into such a special group of people with unbelievable ruach and kavanah, that will make this summer memorable and impactful as it is about to be.