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Sunday July 30

DATE: July 31, 2023

Shavua Tov!

Today in shiur our chanichim, in Eidot Alef-Daled,  learned about a man named Baruch Spinoza, who lived in the mid-1600’s, and the cherem that the Jewish community declared on him, i.e. they ex-communicated him due to his radical heretical writings. We discussed the questions that come up with this form of a reaction. Is it fair? What about the individual? Is it effective? The chanichim could relate to this issue when  their morim brought up the thoughts they have about the cherem-like realities/punishments they know:  time-outs at home, teachers asking kids to leave class and students being expelled from schools and camps. Each bunk has already sat and created a poster about their bunk expectations, and in this mini-community, what happens when someone is not acting responsibly and respectfully? Fascinating for kids to think about!  They watched a reenactment of the cherem during shekem – when a Rosh Eidah acted like Spinoza and started spouting hateful and disrespectful things about camp and our directors and ultimately about G-d. Some other Roshei Eidah cheered for him, but others demanded he be put in cherem.

Our special activity today for every bunk was time to prpare for Bunk Night!!! That meant the bunk needed to create a presentation about their bunk name – a song or skit – along with a shelet, a sign made out of wood and paint. Each chanich/chanicha put their talents and creativity towards the end goal. Each eidah met tonight and had the four bunks in the eidah present their bunk name and masterpieces. Yasher Koach everyone!! We look forward to seeing the signs on display in the chadar ochel.

After shekem, we all had fun walking around the Chugim Fair.  Chugim are like electives that the chanichim have in their schedule, approx 4 times during the session. All ages can join a chug, and they are run by our tzevet. There will be basketball, swim, glass blowing and high ropes, of course…and also… Kumzits & Cookies and Moshpit Slurpies and BBQ & Spike Ball. You will definitely want to check out photos of those! Each chanich was able to sign up for a chug right then and there, after reading the signs and meeting the tzevet members who will be running them.

The weather was beautiful and we had a packed day – our first really regular, normal, good ol’ day of peulot and fun!!

Kaytana learned about our four foremothers today and their special relationship (at least according to midrashim) with Shabbat. In their memory, and as a fun hands-on activity, each camper made two things for your Shabbat table at home. No spoilers in this blog. You will haveto wait and see for yourself 🙂 Some other activities today included swim (yay!!) for the banim (before lunch) and for the banot (after lunch), making homemade “lemonana”(mint lemonade), basketball, and rollerskating. Before dinner, the Kaytana chanichim were invited to a wedding, to share in the simcha of Yaakov and Rachel getting married!! Our very own Rav HaMachane, Adi Krohn, officiated and everyone toasted their bubbly grape juice and signed the guest book. Mazal Tov!!

Machal left machane early this morning for an 8-mile hike near the buckaloons campsite. After the long hike, they went on a 4 mile tubing trip down the Allegheny River and were rewarded with hot chocolate and soup 🙂 That gave them enough energy to learn how to build their tents and “set up camp”! Dinner was hot dogs over the open fire. They had a clear night for some star gazing too! Each morning, Machal has some time to learn torah in small groups. They spend the month studying stories and sections from Sefer Yehoshua where conversations about building community, communal responsibility and effective leadership all  jump right out of the text!


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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