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Sunday July 25

DATE: June 26, 2023

Shavua Tov!

Sunday is Funday here in machane stone. We began with a shiur about  about Rabban Gamliel and his relationship with Rabbi Yehoshua. They sometimes disagreed and Rabban Gamliel was tough and made Rabbi Yehoshua follow his ruling, so the nation would have uniformity in practice. We talked about the role of the nassi in those days and went through the pros and cons of centralized leadership. The chanichim saw this all acted out after Mincha, when some of their Roshei Eidah played the roles of Rabban Gamliel and Rabbi Yehoshua about Rosh Chodesh and when Yom Kippur would be. Our Roshei Eidah have soooo many costumes and can bring to life any character from Jewish history!

Each bunk, among their regular sports, art and water peulot,  had a peulah (activity) today for “Bunk Night” preparation. They made a sign and a presentation (skit, song etc) about their bunk name. Each of the bunk names, this session, comes from the period of jewish History that we are learning about – from 70 to 500 CE, so we have personalities like Rav Ashi and Abaye and we have some cities like Sura and Nehardea. We also have some Roman emporers thrown in, like Vespasian and Theodosius. Looking forward to seeing those presentations tomorrow night! Eidah Daled boys and Eidah Bet girls had “high ropes and zipline” today, a favorite here at camp. The chanichim are challenged to push themselves out of their comfort zone and try new (high) things!

After the afternoon snack time (“canteen” in some camps, “shekem” here in Machane Stone), Rabban Gamliel and Rabbi Yehoshua had it out again and this time Rabban Gamliel yelled at Rabbi Yehoshua to “take a walk” carrying his staff on the day he wanted to declare Yom Kippur, in order NOT to be different than everyone else. The command to take a walk led to the machane all being told they were going to take a walk!! … to their respective cook-out sites for a BBQ dinner over a campfire and a sleep-out!! The rain came, however, and the chanichim returned to camp to eat their food and will have to sleep out another night. (As you can imagine, some were happy and some were disappointed).

Kaytana learned about Yaakov running away from Eisav and making his favorite son a special colored coat. They all had a chance to make their own special colored garments during a tie-dying activity. They each received a white t-shirt and were given the freedom to design their colored shirt however they want. Boys had baseball and swim today and girls had slip n’ slide and music. These young campers look VERY comfortable, happy and proud these days. They are navigating the camp experience like pros by now.

Machal did a long water hike today which brought them to Lake Erie at the end.  They own some cozy waterproof tents and slept out comfortably.


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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