Camp Blog

Tues Aug 1st

DATE: August 2, 2023

We learned about codification of law today  -what rabbi Yosef karo did with the Shulchan Aruch. We also discussed minhag and Jews having slight differences and variations, based on where they live. The Ram”a added his “Ashkenazi notes” to the shulchan aruch to give validation and credibility and encouragement to the Ashkenazim doing things a bit differently. Some groups had different categoriztion activities, since they discussed the four parts of the Shulchan Aruch and what was placed in each one. Fascinating and important!

All of our regular peulot were in session today, and we were actually ahead of schedule a little, since all eidot woke up early at the lina site from the rays of sun  🙂 Tefillah was earlier than usual back at machane for eveyone. We have three minyanim here at machane – Kaytana, Alef and Vav minyan skips a little and sings a lot. The Bet and Gimmel minyan doesn’t skip and sings a bit less and  the Daled minyan has a full tefillah but keeps it moving quickly and has the Daled post-Bar mitzvah boys doing all the leading and laining. In each minyan they have a moment of a be’ur tefilah (explanation of a part of the siddur) and a halacha yomit  (a relevant daily law that we should know). Our tzevet Beit Midrash, the staff who teaches the shiur every day, gives the minyanim these extra fun skits and inspirational and informative Divrei Torah. We thank them for all of it, and for the parsha packets they produce for our kriat haTorah each Shabbat.

The Roshei Eidah (divison heads) will often perform a pre-lunch skit related to Tochnit, and today was a real doozie!! They acted out the discussion and tension around a huge controversy in Eretz Yisrael that was going on before the shulchan aruch was written: should we reinstate smicha – “real” ordination that would be rabbi to student, in a direct chain. We had lost the one Moshe had started with Yehoshua, but it was suggested that the Jewish community could “start it up again” Not everyone agreed, and the Roshei Eidah explained both sides with….a battle of the rappers. Hamilton-style of course 🙂

This evening, before dinner we had our first CHUGIM take place (the elctives the campers chose to join for this ession) Ask your child what chug he/she is signed up for.

Tonight for night tochnit (night activity), the campers had relay races that were related to what they learned about in shiur today – the codification of law. They had various tasks they had to complete that related to different areas of halcha – hand washing, redeeming the first word, brachot etc. It was fun, funny and educational!!

Kaytana spent the day “in Egypt” which means WORK. Plugah (our tzevet that takes care of cleaning and maintenance” had them doing some of the work with them today 😉 They will tell you all about that…picture little kids filling water igloos for the different sports fields around camp!  They worked on another surprise project for you…hint: Jews painted this with blood in Egypt. You’ll see!! They had fun at the agam too and also found time for some ultimate frisbee (boys) and beach volleyball (girls).

Machal had a 5 mile hike today – another gorge hike and then came home to machane to shower for a night out: Walmart and bowling!!! What a treat 🙂

We cannot believe everyone arrived exactly one week ago! So much fun, so much learning and so many new friednships…in only 7 days. Camp is a magical place!!!



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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