Posted on 07/09/2014 @ 12:30 PM
Maccabiah was not only one of the best days of ILTC, but it was one of my favorite BBYO memories in general. Seeing the spirt in all of my fellow ILTC friends was an amazing experience. I have participated in my fair share of color wars, but Maccabiah without a doubt blew the others out of the water. We began the day with "The Great Escape,” an activity where we ran across camp attempting to finish many small tasks like doing 25 jumping jacks, singing the Hatikvah, or doing the Macarena four times. Afterwards, we gathered with our teams to celebrate the completion of the first part of color wars. Afterwards we had a silent lunch, a refreshing twist on the usually boisterous Heder Ochel (Dining Hall). It was crazy how determined everyone was to win—the dead silence was crazy for a group of mainly extroverted, extremely social 15-17 year olds. After lunch, we had activities relating to sports and arts. I participated in both Gaga and soccer, both of which the red team (my team) won. After these activities, we had team meetings and helped clean up different parts of Perlman, working to keep our home clean. Finally, everyone presented their songs, cheers, skits, and banners. My team’s theme was America, so our song was an awesome mashup of USA songs, "Party in the USA," "American Pie," and "Born in the USA." We then brought the house down with our skit, utilizing impressions of fellow campers and inside jokes from the session to make everyone smile. Although the Red/USA Team did not win, I had a blast throughout and was still proud of the work we did. While all of Maccabiah was fun, the stand out part of the day was the overall sportsmanship all teams showed. Everyone was there to have fun, not necessarily win. Maccabiah was also an opportunity to learn about the real Maccabiah Games in Israel, helping to further our connection to our homeland. Going into the final week, I am excited to further my connections with friends, yet, at the same time, am sad to say goodbye to my friends not staying for Kallah.
Nathaniel Bernstein Great Midwestern Region