Just Another Day in Paradise

Beautiful weather here at SLC today!  Journey’s Way & Idyllwood campers were treated to a day at Splashdown Waterpark while our remaining campers were out and about here at camp enjoying themselves in a variety of activities.  Some played on Lakeside with our Israeli Culture specialist learning to cheer each other on in Hebrew, while other campers tie-dyed in arts and crafts.  Anna and Ilsa, our Teva goats, were taken for a walk by those enjoying Teva (Hebrew for nature), and other children practiced their skills on the archery range.  The Drama campers are preparing for the big night next week as Mainside Hobby presents “Frozen” and Teenside Specialty stages “Annie.”  Additionally, on a day like today, everyone enjoyed Lake Surprise, either swimming, row boating, windsurfing, or stand-up paddle boarding on the lake.

Tonight we began the observance of Tisha B’Av, an annual fast day which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the subsequent exile of the Jews from the Land of Israel.  Here at SLC, we began this day of remembrance with a candlelit service at our Eddie Cantor Theater, as the sun set, overlooking the pristine lake. Campers and staff were led by Rabbi Claire, Shlomit, and Paul in reflection, prayer and song.  Our voices rose together as we sang “Eli, Eli”, one of the more poignant songs included in many Jewish memorial ceremonies.  Eli Eli is a short poem set to music and was written by Hannah Szenes, a Jewish Heroine of World War II.

Eli, Eli

Shelo yigamer le’olam:
Hachol vehayam

Rishrush shel hamayim
Berak hashamayim

Tefilat ha’adam.

Oh Lord, My God

I pray that these things never end:
The sand and the sea

The rush of the water
The crash of the heavens

The prayer of man.

 

 

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