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Thursday, August 5

DATE: August 5, 2021

Shalom from beautiful Sugar Grove, PA! The last few days have been absolutely stunning here. Yesterday, the entire Machane returned from the Chutz, and after hiking back into camp, showering, and cleaning themselves up after two nights of sleeping out under the stars, the chanichim went right back to an afternoon full of peulot in camp (including glass blowing in the village, climbing on the climbing wall, ultimate frisbee, and archery).

This morning in shiur, chanichim studied the different ways that the Amoraim of Bavel saw their relationship with the local, non-Jewish authorities. Chanichim saw that while the great sage Rav was troubled by the lack of autonomy of the Babylonian Jews in the Sassanian Empire, Shmuel took an approach that was more accepting of the role of the non-Jewish government stating “dina de-malchuta dina” (“the law of the kingdom is the law”). They also saw that the sage Shmuel even had a positive relationship with Shapur, the ruler of the Sassanian Empire.

In the past few days, many bunks have visited the Ceramics studio — for the second time — to apply colored glaze to their very own clay creation — small bowls and dishes — which had previously been fired in the kiln to make them bisque (hardened pottery). One particularly unique technique that many chanichim elected to use was to put several glass marbles at the bottom of their dish — which creates a marbleized glass bottom to the dish once it emerges from the kiln for the second time.

The great Amora Shmuel (Rosh Moshava Shalhevet) welcomed the chanichim to the Shekem shack today, and introduced his friend, the Emperor Shapur (Rosh Eidah Noa). After explaining how Shmuel had previously interpreted and predicted the emperor’s dreams, Shapur told the whole camp that he had had a dream. In this instance, however, Shapur shared a very strange dream in which people were flying around and around in circles with wheels on their feet — this dream could only mean one thing: the entire Machane was going rollerskating! After grabbing their socks, and eating dinner, the chanichim were off for a fun evening of skating!

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.

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