Camp Blog

Tuesday, June 20

DATE: June 21, 2023

Welcome everyone!! We could not be more excited to be showcasing our magical summer adventures and learning experiences! Check back here at the end of each day (sometimes very late, so maybe check in with your morning coffee, about the previous day) to learn about the experiential education taking place here.

This month our main campus will be learning about the years 70-500, after the Romans destroyed our Beit haMikdash. Moshevet Torah sheBe’al Peh, with all of its struggles post-Temple. The chanichim from Eidot Alef – Daled were thrown right into the drama, when they stepped off the buses. Immediately, they were led around to three skits (and a fourth station with some fun Eidah get-to-know-you games). The skits taught them about the period right before the Jews’ Temple was destroyed.

In one skit, Rav Tzadok was on a hunger strike, trying to motivate the Jews to repent. Some got into his message and supported him, while others protested and didn’t want to hear his rebuke. The chanichim made signs for each side of the protest (and then walked around camp with them!)

In the second skit, chanichim were given Italian food like sausages, pizza-flavored pringles and Italian ices as they watched the Romans try to sell off the role of the High Priest to the highest bidder.

In the third skit, the roman Ceasar tried to command the Jews to follow his instructions (in a game we like to call Ceasar Says) but the Jews all rebelled when he said to give him their food. Instead they wanted HIS food, which was granola bars and juice boxes 🙂

At the end of all the skits, all eidot came together and watched Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai (their Rosh Moshava this session, Isaac Abboudi) as he was snuck out of Jerusalem and brought to Vespasian (Rosh Moshava Aliza Berkowitz) to plead for something to be done to help the Jews. Vespasian granted Rabbi Yochanan three requests: he asked for the city Yavneh to be spared with all of her sages, for Rabbi Tzadok to receive medical treatment and for the Romans to leave Rabban Gamliel alone. Vespasian agreed – yay!! And then we all went to daven Mincha 🙂

Next, time was given for the beginnig of unpacking, followed by a delicious dinner of chicken, rice and vegetables and then every bunk settled in for some bonding and… ultimately… sleep. We are so excited for Day #1 tomorrow!! The hadracha (all counselors) are so excited to give these children a fun, safe, and meaningful four weeks!

Kaytana had their own welcome program. They were led down the road, in a wagon ride, to visit Avraham’s home. They saw Avraham and his father Terach arguing about idols. When Terach stepped away, Avraham convinced the Kaytana campers to help him smash the idols (pinatas, wink wink), and they joined in – and were rewarded with candy! They ate dinner right away, unpacked and settled in for their first night, a.k.a. sleepover party. Throughout their short two-week stay, they will learn about/from/with our Avot and Imahot, “go down” to Egypt, be taken out and be given Torah. Get ready for a quick sprint through the stories of Chumash! Thank you to Alex Fisher and Yonina Marder who will be leading these young campers through an exciting two weeks, that will have them wanting a full month next year!

Machal began their powerful month with a silent hike and their “shelet-eish.” This is a very traditional ceremony where they see their shevet name (KAVEH) in flames as the kick-off to their time together in this intense camp experience. Their Roshim are Adina Falk and Elliot Berdy, two very experienced Camp Stoners. They are getting a good night sleep, in preparation for their first hike tomorrow.

Registration for summer 2024 is now closed.
Please contact Randi Mashmoor with any questions at:

or 440-465-5486. Thank You!

All Meet the Director events have been postponed until further notice. Thank you.

Staff application opens on 11/17.

New camper application opens on 11/1. Returning campers can register now.

Available positions for Summer 2024 are very limited! Click on the button below to apply.

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Registration for summer 2023 is now closed. There are a few select spots remaining.
Please contact Randi Mashmoor at:

or 440-465-5486. Thank You!

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