One of the reasons camp works so well and t'filot at camp work well because we pray together as a community for 3 weeks (at least in Kallah Gimmel, in other units it is 2, 4 or 7 weeks). These kids and madrichim, counselors really know how to pray. I am including in this blog a sample of one cabins readings before a typical evening t'filah.
Opening: Tzrif James A Garfield
R: Welcome to tonight’s first Tzrif T’filah. We are Tzrif James A. Garfield, and tonight we will be leading Kallah’s T’filah.
A: Our Tzrif will be giving modern explanations of our prayers. Please enjoy our t’filah lead by James A Garfield Tzrif
C and A:
We begin with the Barechu. This is the call to worship. Please rise for the Barechu on page 4, amud arbeh
Hi I am M and I am J Our Tzrif is writing about the different prayers in our T’filah. The Shema means to me that we believe in one God
People in different religions and different beliefs think differently. Some people say there is more than one God as we have learned from Greek stories. You don’t have to be Greek to believe in more than one God. We should respect all religions.
M: The Michamochah is the song sang by the Israelites after the Red Sea parted. It is talking about the miracle of the Red Sea, and how we wouldn’t be here today if the sea did not part. This was a miracle from the past.
L: And a miracle in the present that is happening right now is that we Jews are all at camp together and getting along as community, Kehillah Kedosha.
R and S
We believe that silent prayer is your change to connect with God. Your time to thank God for all the miracles in the world and at camp.. To pray for peace in Israel. And now we’ll pray silently as a community.
D and J
The Oseh Shalom prayer is about peace . Making peace at camp can be described as being nice to one another.
This post is part of #BlogElul, a series of social media posts created during Elul, the month preceding the High Holidays. During Elul, it is customary for Jews to prepare spiritually for the upcoming new year. An annual project, #Blog Elul is the brainchild of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer.