Every session, we set aside a day from our busy camp lives to turn our focus to outside communities. Much of our chinuch (education) at Mosh emphasizes the importance of social justice and action. Doing tikkun olam (repairing the world) as a machaneh (camp) allows us to turn our words and thoughts into actions and aid the communities around us.
Yesterday, we split in two groups and headed out after breakfast to begin our projects. The Amelim, Chotrim, and Bonim (rising 4th-9th graders) headed to First Fruits Farm to help with the corn harvest. First Fruits is a non-profit farm that provides over six million pounds of produce to shelters and food banks throughout the area. We helped pick ripe corn and load it onto a tractor for distribution. It was amazing to see just how much we were able to get done by working together.
While we were picking corn, the Bogrim (rising 10th graders) were working with Harford Family House, an organization that provides transition housing for homeless families looking for stable housing. The Bogrim helped repair and prepare a home that a family will be moving into shortly. Later in the day, after returning from our tikkun olam projects, we had a peulat shichkva (age-group activity) focused on tikkun olam. Each shichkva learned and discussed how their work today connected to larger issues of hunger, poverty, and homelessness.