In This Email:
Staff Scholarship Banquet
Health Update: Returning Campers, No New Cases!
Pick-up on Sunday
Dear 2nd Session Families,
Wednesday was Israel Day, planned by our Mishlachat (delegation of Israeli staff members). Campers learned about life in Modern Israel. Topics explored included water conservation issues, night life in Tel Aviv, social change and rallies. The day culminated with a celebration of Tel Aviv's 100th birthday through songs and skits prepared by each division about various aspects of life in Tel Aviv.
On Wednesday night, we held our annual Staff Scholarship Banquet, where staff members learn about and make donations to the Arthur Pinchev Alonim Scholarship Fund. This continues an annual tradition of staff dedication towards enabling as many campers as possible to enjoy the Alonim experience.
This Shabbat, our theme is Truth/Emet. Campers will explore the line found at the end of the V'ahavta, "Adonai Eloheichem emet (Adonai, our God, is true)," and what "truth" means to them. We will also be looking at this week's Torah portion, Devarim, where the Israelites prepare to enter into the Promised Land, and connect that back to how campers can prepare to "take camp home with them" as they reenter their lives at home.
We continue to welcome back healthy campers. Between Wednesday and Thursday 52 returned to us, while our numbers of new campers going home has remained minimal (1 Tuesday, 0 Wednesday, 1 Thursday). At this point, most of our campers have returned, and are being greeted by their excited bunk mates, who have been looking forward to having their friends back with them.
We remain vigilant about rest, hydration, and cleanliness, and look forward to our last Shabbat with a healthy community!
Just a reminder that pick-up time on Sunday is 9am, for all campers and CITs.
Thank you all again for your continued support and commitment to Camp Alonim. While this summer has presented a number of unique challenges, the Alonim staff and all of our community members have rallied around each other to do their best to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of all of those in the Alonim community.
We look forward to staying in touch throughout the year and seeing all of you back in the Summer of 2010.
Executive Director, Camp Alonim