Another great week for Leviim at the machaneh!
We started the week off with a bang, literally. Fourth of July at Machaneh Yavneh is always a success. The night before, we put on an upper camp talent show. We had a blast. Each bunk had to come up with a performance, and without fail each one was fantastic. In addition to the bunk performances, the chanichim (campers) also had an opportunity to present their own acts. Some juggled, some sang, and some created their own unique talent.
The next morning was the legendary Fourth of July. We had our normal morning, and then after rest hour, we joined the rest of camp in our big traditional parade through camp. After song and dance “America Style,” we got some delicious treats and then it was off to free swim. But the best was yet to come. After free swim we got to do bishul (cooking). The Gan (daycare at Yavneh) the day before, went out to pick berries for us to bake with. We decorated cupcakes, made Strawberry Limomana, strawberry muffins, and homemade whipped cream in honor the July 4th. After shower time, we had our classic fried chicken dinner and then it was off to “Let’s Make a Deal.” Camp wise we played the tv classic: some chanichim we “ZONKED” and some got some awesome prizes. We capped the night off with fireworks and then it was off to bed.
The next morning was a normal day at Yavneh. We had our class, chug, and instructional swim, followed by lunch. In the afternoon we had a chinuchi (educational activity) with one of our morim (teachers). We built structure out of branches and logs to then discuss what makes a community strong and lasting. They learned a lot, but also had so much fun. That night they had “Erev Sport” and then it was off to bed.
Shabbat was as beautiful as ever, finally feeling the end of the heat wave. We sat at Gilboa (our amphitheater) with the wind on our faces, singing the brachot (prayers) of Kabbalat Shabbat. It was truly magical. After Havdallah, we went to bed spiritually full, well rested, and ready to take on the next week.
The start to the week has been a little intense (in a good way). We have been preparing for Zim fiercely and we cannot wait to share our work with all of you. Tune in on the live stream, or come in person! We can’t wait!!!
Until next time…
– Jonathan Gomolka (Rosh Leviim)