Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat is a very special part of Camp Pinebrook’s week, and we are so excited to introduce our campers to our traditions this week at our very first Shabbat of the summer.
Shabbat at Camp Pinebrook features music, singing, dancing, and, of course, yummy challah and grape juice.  Each Friday features a Values Olympics, and we are starting the summer with our Community Olympics.  Campers will compete in various activities and sports all designed to emphasize and build the importance of community, a central tenant and one of the core values at Camp Pinebrook.  
For any campers or families not familiar with the Jewish Sabbath, Shabbat (beginning on Friday at sunset and lasting until sundown on Saturday) is arguably one of the very most important elements of Judaism.  It is a time of rest and of celebration, of reflection and prayer.
Please see the following link for more information about Shabbat and customs within the Reform Movement: https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/shabbat

Setting the Tone for the Day

Summer Camp chalkboard

Maybe you’ve heard your kids humming or singing “Am I awake? Am I prepared?” after their fun-filled day at camp?  

We start every day at Camp Pinebrook with our whole community Boker Tov.  Children are seated with their bunks on the soft pine benches in our newly constructed amphitheater, and together we begin each morning singing Noah Aronson’s “Am I Awake” along with the guitar accompaniment from our song leaders Chloe and Janet.

Aronson’s lyrics (see below) offer an opportunity for our campers to center themselves and truly be present as they start their day.  The words themselves remind all of us to pause and take stock of where we are before setting off on a next adventure.

 

Lyrics:

Am I awake?

Am I prepared?

Are you listening to my prayer?

Can you hear my voice?

Can you understand?

Am I awake?

Am I prepared?

 

*by Noah Aronson, www.noaharonson.com NoahAronsonMusic ©2006

 

Listen online:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4evjPk_LoT0