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Thursday, August 12

DATE: August 12, 2021

The Edah Daled chanichim, after leading the way in Color War earlier this week, and displaying their budding leadership skills throughout the past three weeks, were given a special trip today — whitewater rafting! They left very early this morning, and headed to Ohiopyle State Park in southwest Pennsylvania to ride the rapids of the Youghiogheny River. They had an amazing day!

In shiur today we set aside the great halachic works of the Talmud Yerushalmi and Bavli, and explored a different pillar of the Oral Torah: Midrash Aggadah. Through studying several midrashim, we got a flavor for how this type of midrash endeavors to make Tanakh and mitzvot more meaningful by making connections to other stories across Tanakh, injecting values through wordplay, and creatively filling in gaps in Tanakh narrative. We also learned that these Midrashei Aggadah often took the form of Rabbis’ divrei torah given publicly on Shabbat for the common people.

The first part of the day was a normal set of activities for edot aleph, vav, bet, and gimel, including basketball, gaga, beach volleyball, rollerskating, and water trampolines on the agam. However, in the afternoon, the Roshei Moshava and Yakov revealed that the entire Machane was heading to Erie, PA to go to an indoor waterpark, Splash Lagoon! After getting changed and ready, the chanichim loaded the buses, took their dinner to go, and headed to Splash Lagoon. Camp Stone had rented out the entire waterpark, in keeping with our COVID protocols, and the chanichim had a real blast, splashing, sliding, and chilling in the water.

Machal continued their Pennsylvania journey today; after spending time at a small amusement park near Altoona, PA yesterday, they visited Philadelphia today. In Philadelphia, Machal visited some of the most important historical sites related to the founding of the United States, and delved into this history. They also heard from Malka Fleischmann, who spent her youth at Camp Stone, discuss Jewish life in America, from the pre-revolutionary era to the modern day. With Malka, they discussed how Jewish presence in this country is a vital thread in the founding fabric of our democracy, and how our ongoing proud religious expression safeguards our — and everyone else’s — liberty. It was a very impactful conversation, after a great day!

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

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