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Shabbat ShaSnippet: DIY Family Talit 0

Shabbat ShaSnippet: DIY Family Talit

Posted on Jul 3, 2020 in 2020 Updates, Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Youth & Family

During the Friday Shabbat Blessings at Greene Family Camp, our counselors spread bunk tallitot over their campers and bless them with the Priestly Benediction. Over the summer, bunks create bunk tallitot at the beginning of the session. By creating their personalized bunk tallitot, our bunks are also creating a sacred space that covers and protects their bunk community. Our bunk tallitot are sacred because our bunks make them sacred. At the end of the summer, each camper takes a piece of the tallit with them to hold onto that sacred community and keep it with them throughout the year. As a family, YOU can create a sacred family tallit to bless your campers during our Friday Shabbat experiences. Campers can also create a virtual tallit to be used as a zoom background as seen with the Cornerstone Tallits below!  Gather your supplies Rectangle Fabric (size of your Tallit) Fabric Markers/Fabric Paint Yarn Scissors Plan out your design As you design your family Tallit, think about: What makes the Shabbat experience special for your family? Are there symbols that represent your family? Are there any Shabbat symbols that your family likes? What does your family want to get out of Shabbat? Decorate your fabric Using your fabric and art supplies,...

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Staying Connected With GFC After Session Fun!

Posted on Jun 29, 2020 in 2020 Updates, Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Youth & Family

  These last three weeks have gone by in the blink of an eye! Thank you all for your participation, your support, and your enthusiasm, as we created this brand-new summer experience. Although we cannot be together in person, we have had such a great time creating our Summer 2020 community online. Whether this was your first GFC program or your 100th, we are where we are because of YOU, and we cannot thank you enough. Even though Session Fun is over, there are still many opportunities to engage with GFC and with Jewish programming throughout the summer. Tea Time with Saba Ron! Join us on Monday, June 29th at 11:00am CDT Rob Bernstein, AKA Saba Ron, will be joining us LIVE from Kibbutz Yahel in Israel. We will be enjoying some of Saba Ron’s famous Bedouin Tea and a special tour! He is looking forward to seeing all of his friends from GFC and enjoying time together! Register here > Exploring Social Media and Social Justice Calling all 9th-12th graders! Have you been wondering how you can begin thinking about taking action to repair the world? Do you want to learn more about social media and social justice? We have an answer to your questions… and it is happening...

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Shabbat Sha-Snippet for Chopped: Challah Edition!

Posted on Jun 26, 2020 in 2020 Updates, Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Youth & Family

  “It’s a lot like making a friendship bracelet, except you get to eat it!” -Caroline Mellow   Step One: Gather Ingredients and Make Dough! Gather Ingredients 1 pack instant yeast 4 – 4 ½ cups of flour 1 tsp salt 1/3 cup sugar 1 ¼ cup warm water 1/3 cup of oil 2 eggs 1/3 cup of honey ½ tbsp vanilla Cinnamon to taste Make Dough Mix dry ingredients (only 1 ½ cups of flour). Add warm water and whisk until smooth. Add oil and eggs and whisk until smooth. Add honey and whisk until smooth. Place on mixer (or knead), and add vanilla and cinnamon. Continue to add flour until dough consistency. Continue to knead for 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl for one hour for dough to rise. Step Two: Add a twist! Gabe’s recommendation: Cinnamon Roll Challah Add cinnamon and powdered sugar Morgan’s recommendation: Cannoli Challah   Ingredients 2 cups ricotta cheese ¾ cups chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp almond extract Recipe Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Add mixture to a gallon bag and cut the corner to create a piping bag. When making the strands of dough for braids, fill strands with filling. Flatten out strand into a flat...

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How the GFC Community Can Pursue Justice and Stand Strong Together

Posted on Jun 18, 2020 in 2020 Updates, Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Social Action, Youth & Family

This week on the blog, Ethan Lane-Miller shares how GFC is taking action and pursuing justice. One of the first things Loui Dobin told me when I began my journey as an assistant director at Greene Family Camp was, “Family is our middle name.” At first this sounded like a cute saying, but as my time in this community grew I came to realize that this really is how GFC operates. We are all part of a large extended GFC family. It guides how we act and how we support one another in times of need.  The Maharal of Prague (Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel) wrote in Netivot Olam: “While a person may be individually pious, such good will pale in the face of the sin of not protesting against an emerging communal evil. Such a pious person will be accountable for having been able to prevent it and did not. A Tzadik (righteous person) who remains quiet and passive is ultimately responsible for the communal evil which [they] could have and should have prevented.” Right now, our family is hurting. People of color live with the pain that racism and discrimination are real problems in present-day America. Allies must confront the reality that “not being racist” is simply not enough to meet the challenges of this moment. It isn’t enough for our GFC family to say that we are welcoming of all and that our community is inclusive. We cannot remain passive. It is time for...

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