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First Day at Kallah!

Posted on 07/16/2010 @ 11:25 AM

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What a phenomenal first full day we had!

Before we tell you all about it, a few administrative details:

1. We sincerely apologize for the challenges you may have had trying to reach us at camp. Our phone lines were down yesterday, but they are back up and running. You can reach us here at camp – there will be someone in the office from 8a – 6p every day, except for Shabbat. On Shabbat (Friday evening  Saturday evening), we do not answer the phones at Kallah. We will contact you in case of emergency, and we will check messages when Havdallah ends, at 9:30p Saturday night.

a. Please also note that any messages left for us prior to this morning were not received, and unfortunately were erased when the phone company was completing repairs.

2. We know you want to see pictures of your teens. The internet here is pretty slow, and we’re having some major challenges getting the photos uploaded. Please know we’re doing what we can, and we hope to have pictures up for you soon.

3. For sending packages: please note – your teens MAY NOT receive food at camp. Food in the dorms leads to mice in the dorms, which leads to unhappy participants. Any food received will be donated to a local food bank. If it’s your teen’s birthday, don’t worry! We will celebrate here together with them, and we provide cake!

So, on to the good stuff. Today, our participants had their first Shacharit together, and a full orientation to the Kallah program. First, they toured camp, then they learned about creative arts, and last, they got a chance to meet all of our educators and get to know them a little. The day culminated with “Tribal Challenge!” a program by our friends with Bible Raps that focused on teaching Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers – a book of Proverbs and important teachings) by contrasting Jewish wisdom with non-Jewish philosophical thinkers. In the end, our participants recorded the raps they wrote, and we’ll be showing the videos at the end of the program, as well as posting them on the blog and YouTube for you all to be able to see. Right before bed, we were treated to our first song session by our fabulous songleaders (or song bringers, as they prefer to be called), Zach and Eric.

All in all, it was a phenomenal day, and we are really looking forward to our first Shabbat together at camp.

We will send our next update after Motzei Shabbat (end of Shabbat).

Shabbat Shalom from all of us at Kallah!

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