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Shabbat Shalom from Kallah!

Posted on 07/23/2010 @ 11:19 AM

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Kallah

Dear Parents,

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We’ve had an eventful couple of days here at camp. Today, it’s raining cats and dogs, so there’s a lot of running from one sheltered space to another. We’ve just about come to the end of our Shabbat planning, and our second week here at camp! Yesterday, participants began their elective sessions, where they selected which educator they wanted to learn with, and we’ve also immersed ourselves deep into the creative arts experience. Some participants will be working on a video yearbook for the program, some are creating art projects, others are singing in our “Kallahcapella” group, and more. All will present at Café Kallah, our end of program ceremony and show.

On an administrative note, we are still missing departure information for 48 participants. We’d really appreciate getting the information from all of you; please input it on b-linked, or send it to our office manager here at camp, Christine (ctran@bbyo.org). We know that we have the teens here for another week or so, but we’d prefer not to be calling all of you at the last minute – we’re trying to stay organized – so please send this information along as soon as you can.

Last night, participants went to visit Camp Morasha, an Orthodox overnight camp just down the road from us. We were joined by Camp Moshava as well, another Orthodox camp in the area. Overall, about 250 teens gathered together. We began the evening with a bunch of icebreaking questions about experience and observance and led into a general dialogue about religion and how we all experience it differently. Teens from different backgrounds shared their opinions and learned about one another’s choices. Then, we all convened together for some dancing, with the help of the Morasha band! Overall, the participants from all of our groups had a great time and everyone had a chance to make some new friends. We all said, “L’hitraot” (See you soon) because Morasha will be coming over to Perlman Camp to visit us next week!

And now, we move into our second Shabbat together as a community. All rain aside, there’s a new vibe here at Kallah – it’s obvious that these teens are becoming a community, and we are all looking forward to spending Shabbat together. We’re excited to see what all of our planning groups have come up with and seeing how the teens choose to share in the day with one another.

We’ll be in touch again once Shabbat is over.

Shabbat Shalom from all of us at Kallah!

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