How We Motzi

At Tawonga, we practice what we like to call “joyous Judaism in nature.” All are welcome to join in, and there is no one way to be Jewish here. Some campers celebrate Shabbat every week back home, while others have never recited a Hebrew prayer. Tawonga is not affiliated with a particular Jewish movement, such as reform or conservative – so we practice freely, rooted in Jewish values, respect for nature and a deep commitment to welcoming and celebrating everyone.

One way we “do” Jewish is singing the Motzi together every day before each meal. Technically, this prayer is said before eating bread and is an expression of gratitude.

This summer, adapting to COVID protocols, all campers are eating outside in our dining pavilion next to the Dining Hall. Without the words of the Motzi written on the walls of the Dining Hall, campers who are less familiar with the prayer can now follow along with copies at each bunk’s table. Making sure all campers feel welcome and included is always a priority. 

In this blog, Tawonga’s Assistant Director of Jewish Life and Learning explains some of the different interpretations of the Motzi. This year, the prayer’s appreciation for food and community feels especially poignant. We are so grateful to get to break bread with so many incredible campers!