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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

I Love Jewish Overnight Camp

I love going to camp but really, what’s not to love?! Cabins with your friends, loud music in the hadar ochel, cute Israeli counselors, Shabbat song sessions, trips to Hersheypark, Yom Yisrael, boating on the lake, and I’m just getting started.

It was wonderful to spend some time catching up with our Chizuk Amuno and Krieger Schechter kids at Capital Camps this week. Its looks and feels a lot like the Jewish camps at which I summered, but with better hair.

Capital-camps-20132-449x300As they told me, they may not write to their parents, but they are happy and having a great time. I got a kick out of seeing some of our kids leading songs on the stage in the dining hall and their hugs and bubbly greetings. “Tell my Mom the food is great.” “Tell my Mom I say hi.” “How’s Chizuk Amuno?” “Where did you see my Grandma?”

Last month, Rabbi Seltzer went to visit Camp Ramah in the Poconos and spent the day with our kids there as well. I was so jealous that I’m already planning a trip to Ramah for next summer. There is lots of energy at Ramah in the Poconos this season with their terrific new director Rabbi Joel Seltzer.

Living Judaism at overnight camps is one of the best ways for our kids to internalize the Jewish learning and values which we hope to instill in them. They come home with new friends, new skills, new independence, and a lifelong commitment to Jewish community. That’s hard to beat.

Kayitz Na’im! Have a pleasant rest of the summer. It’s running by much too fast.