HaboZine feature: Where Mosh Ends

By: Henry Presman

based on “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein

There is a time when Mosh ends
and before school begins
and the grass grows green
and there the sun is sad for school starting
and summer rests and school takes its place
to wait in the cool autumn wind.
We have to leave this place where happiness lives
and the road home winds and bends
past the stadium where the Ravens play.
We will walk with a walk that is sad and slow
and watch the Chadar disappear behind the trees
to the time when Mosh ends.
Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is sad and slow
and we’ll watch the Chadar disappear behind the trees
because the chanichim are fun and the chanichim all play.
The time when Mosh ends.

Tisha B’Av at Mosh

When Tisha B’Av falls during the time when Mosh is in session, the machane (camp) tries to observe the day in a different, but meaningful way.  Tisha B’Av is the commemoration of the destruction of the first and  second temples in Jerusalem.  Although Tisha B’Av is specifically meant to remember the destruction of the temples, many Jews also use it to commemorate other hardships that have befallen the Jewish people.

At Mosh, we try our hardest to make Tisha B’Av interesting, engaging, thought provoking, and educational.  One of the major aspects of Tisha B’Av that we try to rework is the notion that it a commemoration of hardships that have struck the Jews specifically.   We also remember and learn about other peoples’ struggles, like African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, and those attacked by the Klu Klux Klan.  This Tisha B’Av, we also had two different time blocks for special chugim (interest groups), where chanichim (campers) learned about a variety of situations where people are oppressed, but also how people rose above the oppression to help their fellow person.  We had chugim about homosexuality and Judaism, how the New York Times reported on the Holocaust, Ethiopian Jews in Israel, the Milgrim Experiment, and many more.

In order to balance the weighty topics we were discussing with more light activities, chanichim participated in an art and storytelling carnival, where they made their own storybooks, had stories read to them, learned Israeli dances, tried interpretative dance, and made abstract art.  The chanichim also took part in painting and building a model Western Wall (which you can see some photos of below).

Overall, the day was very meaningful and had a nice balance of serious and difficult topics as well as fun and light activities!

Welcome To Second Session!

Shalom chaverim (hello friends)!  First session has come to a close, but have no fear, because second session is about to begin!  Everyone here is very excited to have all of our new and returning chanichim [campers] arrive for the first day of machane (camp).
If you read the blog, watched the youtube videos and enjoyed the Facebook photos for the last 4 weeks, you know that the wonderful Marlena Chertock has done a fantastic job of bringing a glimpse of the activities we do here to you all at home.  However,

Marlena has completed her tenure as communications specialist for the summer, and is now a madricha (counselor) with the Amelim.  I, Ethan Bennett, will be assuming the role of communications specialist and trying my best to match the stunningly high bar that Marlena set.  If you want to know a bit more about me, feel free to check out my bio here.

As the madrichim (counselors) prepare for second session, I can safely say that it is shaping up to be a fantastic 4 weeks; full of fun programs and meaningful peulot (activities).   Again, we here are SO excited for the chanichim to arrive and to beginning running an awesome summer for them. And I am very excited to give all of you a window into the programs and activities we run a Machane Moshava!


Last Shabbat of First Session 2012

The modern dance from the Solelim Oneg. Photo by Marlena Chertock.

First Session is almost over. It’s gone by so fast, even though everyone says the days go by like weeks here.

It’s the last Shabbat of First Session 2012. We’re cherishing all the moments and traditions — Rikud (Israeli dancing) in the MLC because of the rain, the Solelim Oneg (view photos from the Solelim Oneg here, videos to come), Shabbat chugim, Shabbat Shira, Musicale, medurah, and more. Some of us are leaving tomorrow, some of us will stay for another two weeks or four weeks.

Tonight will also be a great tradition to enjoy — Final Mis, or messibah (party). The Chadar Ochel (dining hall) will be fully decorated. There will be f0od, candy, dancing, and a photo slideshow of the session. Check back later for photos of Final Mis and the rest of the session.


HaboZine feature: Moshington Post News Section

By: Solly Maya

Hi Mom! I’m in this Mosh news thing. The news for me is that I am having a really good time (I hope this counts as a letter). We just had Bozmon. Bozmon is basically when the Bogrim take over machaneh for a few hours. I think everyone can agree that Bozmon was a lot of fun. It was iPhone themed. In conclusion, we are all having a great time and first session is coming to a close.

HaboZine feature: Moshington Post News Section

Mosh just had an amazing Bozmon (the Bogrim kick the madrichim and Madatz out and take over for three hours)! The theme was lost in an iPhone. All of the chanichim got trapped inside an iPhone, where they were then shown around iPhone world by various general apps such as mail, calendar, contacts, and calculator. They got to meet some of their favorite apps such as Temple Run, Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, Timer, and Settings. They then had a sponge throwing battle against the evil app Siri.

To celebrate their victory, they headed over to Cooking Mama where they decorated their own pieces of cake for their nighttime snack. To end the night of fun, there was a big party in the MLC, which had been completely decorated with lights, streamers, garlands, paper iPhones, and an incredible oversized iPhone that covered the entire side of the MLC.

Overall, it was an extremely successful Bozmon, full of fun and spirit! Job well done to the now very tired Bogrimers.


HaboZine feature: A Mosh Wrap-up

By: Noam Elfassi

At Mosh we do so many fun things. Our schedule is full of fun things everyday. First we wake up, get ready, and go to breakfast. Breakfast is normally cereal with a hot meal like oatmeal and milk. On Fridays we have sugar cereal and chocolate milk. And on Saturdays we get bagels.

Then we have avodah where we do something to help keep machaneh looking/being the best we can make it. My avodah is Sababa, which means awesome in Hebrew. Sababa is where we clean the bathrooms. It is very fun, especially on Fridays because Friday begins the Sabbath so we have double avodah because everything needs to be super clean. The fun part is that we flood the sinks and mop the floors so everything is super clean.

After avodah we have our first break of the day. During breaks we normally hang out in our cabins with our friends. After the break we have pish, which is our age group activity. We have something different everyday that we do.

After that we have Shira where we learn the words to the songs we sing at Mosh. Then we have lunch. The food at machaneh is really good and after lunch and dinner we cheer. After lunch we have another break and Sa’adnaot. Sa’adnaot is where we do fun things with our kvutzah (I’m in Chotrim).

HaboZine feature: Mosh Slam poetry

Naomi Weintraub performs an original slam in the HaboZine sa’adnah (workshop).

By Naomi Weintraub, Bogrim 2012

We are a family
joined together by pebbles and canvas tents
woven together with love and care.
It’s not a coincidence that we all ended up here.
It wasn’t by accident that we are all fed by the summer dew.
We are a family
moving together like the strands of a paintbrush,
leaving bold colored lines in our dust.
Summers are saved, salvaged, and glorified.
Summers are too far away, not soon enough, not here yet.
Summers are where we expect too much,
leave with no disappointments.
We are a family.
Support — I’ve never had a lack of here.
Brave souls becoming braver as we open our frail young lips.
Being in this environment we seem to forget
that we are making a difference every time we discuss our ideas.
We are Habonim Dror, we don’t stress competition,
we just lead with two open hands and a heart ready to listen.
We are a family.
The semel is a misrepresentation
because if I was told to make something to symbolize this
I would create a collage.
A collage of a million Shabbat hugs, of never-ending support,
and thousands of pillars for the world to see,
of stolen kupa treats, of bean crap toranut groans,
of sideways eights, sideways eights, sideways eights.
We are a family.
Love at first sight of the Chadar.
Mosh you look so good to me never was so true.
New kids’ eyes at those crazy people.
New kids who will never understand why we love it so much,
until they do too.
And then it becomes natural.
Loving you is natural.
It’s not voluntary or gradual.
It’s not a coincidence that we all ended up here.
It wasn’t by accident that we are all fed by the summer dew.
We are a family.
Move together like the strands of a paintbrush,
leaving bold colored lines in our dust.