A Day of Rest in Our Place of Peace
Well-rested and rejuvenated after a sleep-in breakfast of bagels and cereal, all of Camp congregated at Makom Shalom, meaning “place of peace,” for a traditional Tawonga style Torah service, led by Camp Director Becca Meyer and our spirited song leaders.
Many campers stepped up to the bimah today as each Unit was praised for their various contributions to our communal Shabbat programs, such as homemade challah and challah covers, setting tables and greeting all guests.
Keeping with the Jewish theme of the summer — L’dor V’dor, meaning “From generation to generation” — Jewish programmer Vicki Maler led a Shabbat program that invited campers and counselors alike to explore their connection to their ancestors from a geographical perspective. Vicki and Meg Adler, Tawonga’s year-round Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program Coordinator, worked diligently to prepare a large map for all of Camp. As Units, campers place themselves, their families and their homes on the map, illustrating their connections to their Jewish ancestry across the world.
The fourth rung of the Tawonga Mission emphasizes the importance of fostering a positive Jewish identity, which was reflected in the spirit of campers at the bimah and also during Shabbat floats through all the positive and refreshed energy that campers poured into their favorite activities.
At Floats, campers crafted watercolor postcards, spent time weaving friendship bracelets and baked shrinky-dinks into different shapes. They pedal-boated around the Lake and caught frogs with their friends.
Camp Tawonga is full of ruach today as we have reached the halfway point of Session II. We can’t wait to showcase such a talented session tonight during the Camper Talent Show.
Enjoy photos from Saturday morning services and Shabbat Floats.
Who’s on deck?
Stay posted for some pics from the Camper Talent Show and more, this evening.