Shabbat is a very special time here at Mosh, and each summer we strive for ways to improve it even further. With the additions of mechina (preperation) and the shabbat carnival last year the holiday is even more reflective, calming, calm than ever before. But one tradition that has been around seemingly forever has been kishutim l’shabbat (shabbat decorations).
Every shabbat for as long as we can remember an anaf has made decorations to hang up in the chadar ochel during the shabbat meal. In recent years those decorations have begun to more directly reflect our values here at camp and be more than just pretty drawings. So last week the theme for the decorations was Gay Pride and Equality in Marriage, with rainbow drawings and smiling faces plastering the walls
This week the theme is Environmental Justice. In order to make the beautiful decorations of trees and leaves, anaf shabbat reused old carboard to cut out the shapes for leaves and used paper towel rolls for the trunks. So not only are they preaching being conscious of our environmental impact, but they’re practicing it as well!
Those in the anaf hope that the decorations will not only beautify the chadar for our Friday night dining, but also make their friends think more about the environment and see how things like cardboard boxes can be recycled.
Thanks anaf shabbat! We’ll see what next week brings!