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Debbie Chessin
Director of Education

August, 2017

"The Magic of Jewish Summer Camp"

For many of our BI-TWT children, the end of the school year means the delight of Jewish summer camps. Enjoy below a few of this summer’s pictures of our happy campers attending GUCI (the Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana) and Camp Wise (in Chardon, Ohio).

Jewish summer camps have a special place in the hearts of our youngsters. Amid all the activities that make any summer camp a joy, Jewish camps provide a connection to Judaism that is almost magical. Children "live Jewishly" at camp, and find that Jewish identify can be both meaningful and fun. Children continue to talk about their summer camp experiences for years, and make friendships that often last a lifetime.

Camp is also another pathway to Jewish learning. Considerable time is spent on learning about Jewish values and how to integrate them into our lives. Topics may range from the foods we eat to how the youngsters treat others to caring for the environment and animals.

Jewish summer camps are said to be one of the best ways for encouraging and enhancing Jewish identity for our youth. It is my hope that every child from BI-TWT will consider attending a Jewish summer camp next summer. There are scholarships from both our congregation and the greater Cleveland Jewish community to make sure that camp fees will not be an obstacle to attending.

Please touch base with me during the year to discuss your options for Jewish summer camps.

August Schedule

Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4 - “Camp Kee Tov” BI-TWT’s Summer Day Camp For Preschool-4th Grade 9:15-1pm at the Bain Park Cabin in Fairview Park, Ohio
Monday: “Teva”- Nature Walks and a visit by Amazon Eric
Tuesday: Mayim, Mayim Mayim - Creek Walk and learning about the importance of water in Israel
Wednesday: Visit to the Cleveland Zoo-Israeli animal scavenger hunt
Thursday: Maccabiah sports day
Friday: Israeli dancing, music and cooking

Saturday, August 19-Sunday 20 – High School Retreat at Camp Asbury in Hiram, Ohio. The theme for the retreat is "Jew… or Jew-ish." We will explore ways we think of our own Jewish identity. The bus will leave BI-TWT at noon on 8/19 and return by 12:30pm on 8/20. More information to follow.

Sunday, September 10 – Religious School starts. For a different kind of first day, we’ll meet at 10:30am by the Gazebo in Lakewood Park for a special opening celebration for our students and families. We will have a short program, music, and an opportunity to meet teachers followed by a potluck lunch in the park. Pizza will be provided. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a parve or dairy side dish or salad; N-Z bring a dessert. Call the temple at 216-941-8882 for School Registration Forms.

Debbie Chessin, Director Of Education*

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*This position is partially funded through the Fund for the Jewish Future of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland.