Shabbat Shalom, Machaneh Moshava!

‘Twas the Friday before Mosh, when all through the camp

The Tzevet (staff) were busy, even fixing the lamp

The ohels (tents) were built by hand with great care

With the hope that chanichimot (campers) would sleep restfully there!

While the chanichimot (campers) all quarantine at home

All of Tzevet (staff) can’t wait to say Shalom (hello)! 

I hope you enjoy my poem. My name is Ruth and I am the communication specialist for this upcoming summer. I have been going to Mosh since I was 10 years old in 2008. I am so excited to be the one that will be updating you all on all of Mosh’s activities. 

Me (Ruth) at Mosh in 2011

You can expect to hear from me on the blog about every other day. We would love your feedback about what you would like to see more of!

Shabbat Decorations!

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).

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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

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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!DSC_0769

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!