Camps & NFTY

Camps & NFTY

The Importance of Being Together 0

The Importance of Being Together

Posted on Jul 9, 2020 in 2020 Updates, Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Youth & Family

This week on the blog, Rabbi Erin talks about our holy community, the importance of being together, and the priority we place on communication with all of you.   One of the most surprising elements of being physically distant from our community for so long has been the virtual connections that have formed. While they can in no way take the place of our in-person gatherings and activities, it reminds me that we, as humans, need that contact. We have been shown how special this kehillah kedosha – this holy community – really is. This week has brought two different gatherings that highlight the importance of gathering with each other.   Last Friday evening, July 3, we celebrated our Alumni Shabbat. During the summer in person at camp, different units at camp lead us in Shabbat services. We did not want to miss that this summer, so we invited, over 3 consecutive Shabbatot, for Kibbutz, Avodah, and our alumni to take part in our virtual Shabbat celebration. Including our community in our Shabbat celebration has been incredibly special. We asked our camp community ahead of time to share what makes camp special to them, and I was blown away by the response. Here’s a sampling:  Camp is where I feel most like myself.     Greene Family Camp is where I...

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What Makes GFC Special? 0

What Makes GFC Special?

Posted on Jul 6, 2020 in 2020 Updates, Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Youth & Family

July 4th, 2020 was supposed to be GFC’s 45th Anniversary Reunion Celebration. Almost 1,000 people would have arrived in Bruceville, TX to reconnect with one another, reminisce on the good times spent at camp, and celebrate the magic we have all experienced. However, July 4th looked a little different than we had anticipated. We were not able to be together in person – but our alumni showed us, that just because we are apart physically, the strength in our connection is stronger than ever.  On July 3rd, we welcomed Shabbat together as a camp community. We hugged each other virtually, sang our favorite camp songs,  and shared memories about why GFC is so special to each of us. We are excited to share comments from our Alumni about what has made GFC such a special place for the last 45 years.    (Our Virtual Group Hug) What makes GFC special to YOU? The question of what makes camp special has about two million answers for me.  But when it comes down to it, there is really only one answer, and that is the people.  The people who make camp feel like home, accept you for who you are, teach you how to be Jewish in ways that matter, dance...

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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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