Summer 2020

Shir shel Yom | Shema Yisrael by Yaakov Shwekey

Yaakov Choueka,better known by his stage nameYaakov Shwekey, is an Orthodox Jewish recording artist and musical entertainer. In his song Shema Yisrael, he tells a touching story about the connection between prayer and jewish identity.

Legend has it that Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, Zatzal (1886-1969), The Ponovizher Rov, once encountered a church which denied the existence of any Jewish children placed in their care (he knew that there were Jewish children that had been placed in the church in order to keep them safe during the Holocaust, and they were raised there as Christians, with their Jewish identity hidden for their own safety.)

He began calling out “Shema Yisroel” and instinctively the children raised their hands to cover their eyes and started calling out “Mama! Mama!” Having shown that they were Jewish, he took them from there so they could start leading Jewish lives once more.

In the song, Yaakov Shwekey tells this story and concludes that we should all know how much G-d wants to hear us call out to him: “Shema Yisrael!”

Questions:

  • Do you feel that prayer is a central part of your Jewish identity? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think we tend to turn to G-d in times of great happiness or sorrow?
  • This song shows very strongly how the shema has become in a certain sense the ultimate declaration of jewish faith. Why do you think that is?

Lyrics:

https://www.zingalyrics.com/lyrics/yaakov-shwekey-shema/

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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

Thank you so much for your interest in Camp Stone :) Please email Randi Mashmoor

with the name, age, and gender of your child AND whether you are interested in Session 1 or Session 2, and we will let you know if there is space available in that bunk.