Summer 2020

Monday June 29

This Indoor World should have been called Indoor Universe!! Have you checked out all the tabs on the website and calculated how many tzevet and hadracha members are volunteering their time to bring our children back to the fun, learning and inspiration that they experience every summer in camp?? Yasher Koach to everyone working hard on all aspects of this two-week program. There is so much happening each day, and I will use this blog to try and give you a sense of some of the activities.

Each and every day, tefilah is livestreamed over youtube, from the Outdoor Beit Knesset at 8:45 am…yes,  your children can daven with machane (the 45 staff there) and hear all their favorite songs and tunes.  But wait, before that, they can join Shiur Mishnayot (BYOHC – “bring your own hot cocoa”, of course) and learn mishnayot from Masechet Taanit. Many chanichim join this early-morning learning in camp each summer and 45 chanichim joined in from home this morning!! Amazing!! That was before tefilah! You can find Shiur Mishnayot under the “Beit Midrash” tab (under “campers”)

The chanichim who signed up to learn the shiur of the day with a chavruta will be learning about challenges to the Jewish community throughout our national history. Today, the first day of shiur, we focused on Shmitta  – a challenge the Torah itself gives us! Each 7th year, we must be ready to stop farming and yet still provide for our families and communities. How do we do that? Whose help do we need? How can we get through that challenge? Take a look at the sources and discussion questions under the “Tochnit” tab each day.

For tzevet and parents, short Torah videos will be uploaded daily, sent to us from Camp Stone family, friends and fans from all across America and from Israel. Today’s videos are from Shayna Goldberg, Yoetzet Halacha in Gush Etzion and Mashgicha Ruchanit in Migdal Oz and from Rabbi David Katz, head of MMY (a seminary in Jerusalem) Hear about their connection to Machane Stone and be inspired by their Torah – just click on the Beit Midrash tab and then on tzevet and then on “Lightening Rounds”.

Today at 9:00 pm EST, tzevet in camp, tzevet across America and parents can hear a live Zoom shiur with YU Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Jeremy Weider who spends two weeks in camp each summer, teaching our Beit Midrash as well as all of tzevet with his very engaging and relevant daily shiruim. Today’s topic: Making a Minyan and Answering to Berakhot Over Zoom. You can hear the shiur after too – enjoy!!  All material/videos will be up on the website. The full schedule of Tzevet shiruim for the week is posted there, under the Beit Midrash tab (tzevet). Great speakers and topics are coming up – each night at 9:00 pm and Sunday at 11:00 am. 

Back to the chanichim…each and every morning at 9:45 there is a very fun radio show hosted by our very own Aliza Makovsky and Josh Polster – check it out under the Amphitheater tab. It is called “Boker Tov Sugar Grove” and your kids will love it!

Today, in Indoor World, the chanichim will be able to choose from many activities known as Chugim- all sorts of games, discussions and DIY projects and they will have their bunk time and night tochnit as well!

It is the FIRST day of Indoor World and I am exhausted!! Have fun exploring the website and watching your children connect to their camp friends, to these dedicated tzevet and hadracha and to the inspiration and fun they look forward to each summer.

Yasher Koach again, everyone! We are certainly facing this challenge with positivity, “can do” spirit and lots of cooperation and creativity!

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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.

Sincerely,

Yakov & Estee, Co-Directors