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Friday – Shabbat #1

DATE: July 30, 2023

Friday’s shiur topic was conversos, keeping Judaism a secret and what it means to be Jewish. Different ages developed the topic in different ways but everyone was challenged to articulate what being Jewish means to them and to think about if they ever keep their Judaism a secret…

Kaytana is up to the sibling rivalry between Yaakov and Eisav, as they move through the drama of Sefer Bereishit.

Followig shiur, each eidah had its own hike! Always a fun and chill part to our busy week:

Kaytana went to Perry’s for their picnic lunch and then…dessert!!

Aleph – berry picking (and then we all enjoyed those berries at Seudah Shlishit)

Vav – trail near camp that surprsingly brings the kids right back to camp at the agam!

Bet – hike to Dollar General store in Sugar Grove – the chanichim were able to spend a few dollars buying snack for Shabbat

Gimmel – Hike to the Kwik Fill convenience store in Sugar Grove  – again chance to use some spending money 🙂

Daled – water hike and then a few minutes in Tops supermarket to … yes…buy some Shabbat snacks!

Machal spent their morning canoeing down the Allegheny river – practicing for Virginia 🙂

While the campers are out on hikes, the tzevet cleans arounds camp and sets up the beit knesset and chadar ochel for our shabbat tefillah and meals. They work hard and we so appreciate it! They have a chnace for special tzevet swim, as a reward!

Shabbat was fantastic and super charged with energy throughout, with tefillah, singing, dancing and learning! The Kabbalat Shabbat Tefilah felt like our third Shabbat together. The singing was loud and beautiful, with dancing in between the tehillim of Kabbalat Shabbat. Dancing and cheering in the Chadar Ochel was similarly energetic and fun! After another round of all of that the next morning (with kiddush and parsha shiur), we had special chavruta time shabbat afternoon. Two chanichim, of the same age,  are assigned a member of hadracha or tzevet for a chance to share a good time learning/shmoozing/bonding. Chavruta sheets are provided (by this blogger, actually 🙂 ), and there are so many choices – Pirkei Avot, Sefer Yonah, Sefer Shoftim stoires, a tefilah in-depth, a mitzvah in-depth, a middah, or a random topic – this week a look at some of Seudah Shlishit songs. Each sheet has questions to think about after the hebrew and english text.  It is such a beautiful moment in our week at machane. There was some menucha time after that and then eidah time, followed by seudah shlishit, where we heard a great story about a son of a converso who finds out he is actaully Jewish!

After havdalah, each eidah had a night tochnit – dodgeball, climbing wall, and swim to name a few.  The fun never stops!! Shavua Tov Sugar Grove!

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About the Chanukah Raffle

Dear Camp Stone Community,

It is an incredible feeling to reconnect with everyone once again at the beginning of our 2021 camp season.

We are writing to you today, first and foremost, to express tremendous gratitude.

Hakarat HaTov, literally “recognizing the good”, is an important and fundamental principle in our community. We, at Camp Stone, want to express our Hakarat HaTov to everyone receiving this email for your unwavering support, especially this past summer. Whether you provided financial assistance through your donated tuition dollars, participated in Indoor World, or connected with the Camp Stone community in other ways, together we had an incredibly successful, albeit different, summer experience.

There is no substitute for being in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, and this summer, B’ezrat Hashem, we will be back at Camp Stone, in person, in full force.

To achieve that goal, we must continue to ensure the financial success of our home away from home that we all know and love so deeply. The logo on top, featuring the slogan “Stone. Forever.” also features a Ner Tamid, an “eternal flame.” The year 1969, etched into the logo, is the year camp was founded. Symbolically, the overall image represents the idea that Camp Stone began many years ago and must endure forever, always burning brightly, and always an integral part of our collective conscience.

On that note, we are excited to announce that our annual Chanukah Campaign will be a raffle taking place over all 8 nights of Chanukah with prizes for both campers and parents/alumni!!

Please go back to the web page  to purchase raffle tickets and help us achieve 100% participation from our entire camp community!

Looking forward to being in touch with all of you in the near future.


Yakov & Estee, Co-Directors