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.

HaboZine feature: Ode to My Chultzah

Look at you, my fine blue Chultzah, with your blue pressed fabric, your perfect red laces, made from real shoelaces, your cuffs buttoned and perfect, your front Semel (symbol — the Habonim Dror symbol) on a shirt pocket like a metal of merit, your back Semel saying just Habonim Dror.

That should be changed.

Your fabric should be changed to softness and your ocean blue to sky blue.

Your string should be some scrap of fabric or some discarded piece of string with just barely enough to tie the two ends together.

Your sleeves rolled up, if not just cut off entirely.

There should be no Semel on your breast pocket, just some quirky inside joke.

And your back Semel should be tailored to your kvutzah like some biker gang.

Now you are a chultzah.

Now you are a movement shirt.

And all along your sides and graphics should be patches and embroidery making you a shirt all your own.



Saturday and Sunday were quiet days on the blog. That was because madrichim (counselors) were kicked out of machaneh (camp) by the Madatz (counselors-in-training) for a full day of what we call Revolution, or Revo.

The Madatz call Revo with a skit and then the chanichim (kids) throw water balloons at the madrichim to kick them out. We run away as fast as we can. They run just as fast, with ammo.

Then Revo ensues. Madatz plan a theme for the day, activities, a song, food, and more. This session’s theme was Marvel versus DC comics. The chanichim were split between the two comic companies and prided themselves on their team.

Revo always ends with a party, this time a pool party. The madrichim sneak into the party, dance, and have fun. The chanichim share a song they learned for Revo and the madrichim share a song from their Revo chofesh (free time).


HaboZine feature: Singing about Mosh

Today HaboZine wrote and performed songs about Mosh to showcase our creativity and love of machaneh.

This song was written by Eliya Gelb, Ruth Secular, and Joe Agger.

To the tune of “Love on Top” by Beyonce:

Chanichim, I can see your bites all the way from here.
And they itch without all the cortisone.
I think it’s scabies whenever you’re near, every time you touch me I just run away.
Every time you ask me why I’m smiling from ear to ear.
Doo doo doo.
Nothing’s perfect but Mosh is worth it.
Even when the water’s out.
‘Cause it finally came back on.
Mosh — you’re the one I want,
you’re the one I need,
trees are all I see,
Moshava, baby, it’s you.
The sight just makes me fall,
Mosh I can always call.
Finally Mosh is on top!