|Rotem, Israeli Chef during our program|
We are very fortunate to have 2 members of the Mishlachat, madrichim, counselors from Israel in Kallah this year. They are wonderful and have added so much to our eidah. This has not been an easy time for them or the rest of the mishlachat at OSRUI. We are fortunate to have over 30 Israelis at camp helping us not just in the Merkaz Ivrit, Hebrew center but in every eidah in camp, as well as being specialists in our arts program, Tiferet and helping with sailing, and other sports programs. We have given the mishlachat time to process their feelings and all the news from Israel. In 2014 when you live with live television, calling Israel whenever you want, and seeing everyone's opinions on Facebook, it is not easy to process all of this information.
Because Kallah is the youngest unit we are not dealing directly with the Matzav, situation in Israel. We have added to our Shabbat t'filah the prayer for the State of Israel found in Mishkan T'filah as well as the prayer for the soldiers in the IDF. We will continue to answer any questions our campers may have and reassure them at the same time. I am looking forward to next week and am praying with all of our campers, counselors and faculty for peace in Israel. I am glad to be at camp to have a chevre, friends and colleagues with whom I can talk, discuss and just share feelings together. I am glad to be here as always and I know this summer will remind me not just about studying Israel but living Israel.