Pronounced cha-da-shoat - means news in Hebrew 
Week #3

Friday, July 13, 2012  

23 of Tammuz 5772 / כ״ג בְּתָּמוּז תשע״ב  

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Pics of the Week
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Camp Shalom
Camp Aaron
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July 17
Anaf Bayit Parent Visitation
Camp Aaron show

July 19
Carnival Day!

July 23-27
Israel Week

July 25
Camp Aaron Israel Day

July 26
Camp Shalom Israel Day

July 27
Camp Hilltop Israel Day

July 30- August 3
Ruach (SPIRIT) Week

July 30- August 3
Camp Aaron Sleep A Week at NJ Y Camps

July 31
Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Clinic

August 2
Oneg Shemesh (JCC Concert in evening)

August 3
Oneg Shemesh  
Chai Lifeline Swim-a-thon

August 6
Camp Hilltop Show

August 7
Phillies Jewish Heritage Night

August 8
Camp Aaron Show

August 13
Camp Shalom Show

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From the Directors

Happy Friday!


Week three flew by!  Lots of goings on - from parent visitations for our youngest campers to late stays and overnights for our older campers, we sure were busy!  Campers are enjoying all of our activities, making new friends, learning new skills, and making memories that will last forever. 


Week 4 starts Monday and besides more great activities, it will include Anaf/Bayit parent visitation at the campsite and the Camp Aaron production of Guys & Dolls at the Katz JCC (both on Tuesday) and our much anticipated camp wide Carnival Day on Thursday. Chaverim Travel Camp travels to Lake George for an awesome week. 


Just a reminder, if you wish to extend the number of weeks your child is attending, please email Pam Parker, Camp Registrar, at pparker@jfedsnj.org.  We have been getting a lot of requests. 


We thank you again for being a part of our camp and look forward to many more great weeks of fun! Please let us know what else we can do to make your experience even better! 


Shabbat Shalom - have a great weekend!


 aaron deena   

Camp Director                                 Associate Camp Director
agreenberg@jfedsnj.org                   dsherman@jfedsnj.org
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Hilltop Happenings

Happy in the Hilltop!

On Monday, Mama Doni rocked out Camp Hilltop, getting us off to an amazing start that carried through the week.  We also welcomed our Kefli, Shoresh, Geza and Elon families for visitation - we hope you enjoyed your time with us!

In Nature, we were quite colorful this week, and after making it "rain" the campers learned how rainbows are formed and made rainbow wall hangings; Kosher Cooking was busy whipping up chocolate chip banana bread, with the chocolate chips representing all the Jewish Heroes, and we enjoyed reading the book "A Tree Full of Mitzvahs" and discussing what mitzvahs they can do to become Heroes. In Usable Arts, our creative campers made their own tie dye t-shirts.  Gan Yeladim continued the summer Hero theme by decorating a cardboard cutout of a person, identifying who in their family is a hero and why. At Arts & Crafts, our campers took a walk around camp and made a list of what they saw and then used water color paints to describe it. Our Little Scientists created stained glass windows - they were given a template of a chameleon and attached tissue paper to cover the holes, and learned about translucence. Our dancers were moving as the campers learned Miriam's dance and song. At Gymnastics, jumping, tumbling and swinging on the parallel bars were just a few of their activities.  Sports were in full swing, with our soccer field, hockey rink, t-ball fields and basketball court all full with campers learning new skills and playing games.

Next week we welcome our Anaf/Bayit families for visitation and are also very excited about Carnival Day! We are having a fantastic time and looking forward to many more great days! 

Hope Segal

Camp Hilltop Director


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Sizzlin' in Shalom




As week three comes to a close, enthusiasm and excitement continues to flourish.  The week began with plenty of spirit by a visit from Carli Lloyd, a USA Olympic soccer player who will be participating in the Summer Games in London.  In Usable Arts, we made hero picture frames.  In Arts and Crafts campers painted their hero on mini canvases with easels.  There was a delicious smell in camp Shalom this week, as our campers made potato latkes and Israeli applesauce in Kosher Cooking with our shaliach, David.  In Mad Science, we talked about Rosalind Franklin, a Jewish scientist that was involved in the research of DNA, and wrapped up by making our own DNA necklaces.  Our Masada and Dimona divisions enjoyed camp all to themselves at their late stay and finished off the evening, bouncing and climbing at "Pump It Up."  Next week, we are looking forward to a Philadelphia Flyers Hooked on Hockey clinic and an amazing Carnival Day!  

Shabbat Shalom-have a wonderful weekend!

Elyse Neumann
Camp Shalom Director
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Action Packed Aaron

It's Amazing in Camp Aaron!   

Camp Aaron campers were buzzing with excitement as week 3 started off with US Olympic gold medal winner, World Cup soccer player and Delran native Carli Lloyd, who visited the JCC Camps before jetting off to the 2012 Olympics in London.  She shared with us her history in the sport and her motivations that keep her winning spirit.  Campers were thrilled to get autographs and pictures with the soccer star.

Gilad campers were beyond excited to have their first ever Camp Aaron overnight on Thursday.  Campers was treated to an extra free swim in the Shalom Pool followed by a special overnight  dinner in the Aaron complex.  Our evening activity featured the Spinning Bees, a Frisbee trick show that got the campers involved with Frisbee relays and teaching Frisbee tricks.  Lots of bunk games were  followed by make your own candy sushi.  A great night was had by all the campers and staff in attendance!

Everyone is invited to attend our 1st Camp Aaron theater performance on Tuesday, July 17th at 7pm. Our theater majors will be taking the stage with "Guys & Dolls Jr." and our performing dancers will be twirling the evening's performance in and dancing it out to the end.  Please come to the JCC in Cherry Hill that night and cheer on our young stars!

We can't wait to see what excitement week 4 brings!

Dina Greenblatt
Camp Aaron Director
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Sleep A Week


at NJ Y Camps


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We are on the MOVE 


Chaverim finished its last day-trip week with some amazing trips such as Great Adventure, Ocean City, Baltimore Harbor, Splashzone Wildwood, and an Independence Hall Scavenger Hunt.  Now we are ready for our 4 day trip to Lake George, with fun days to come at Million Dollar Beach, White Water Rafting, Great Escape Fun Park, a Shoreline Dinner Cruise, and a stop at Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame before we return.  We can't wait to tell you all about it!


If you have any questions please email us at chaverim@jfedsnj.org 



Corey Levin,  

Chaverim Director  

Gesher CIT's 
Gesher Going GREAT! 


Week 3 was packed full of fun for the Gesher CITs! 

We started out the week with a new "Skill of the Week" - Participation.  This skill highlights the importance of actively participating with the campers in every activity and gives specific tips on how to get involved.  
Wednesday we visited Hurricane Harbor where we had a blast on Riptide Bay, Tornado, Typhoon and Wipeout.  Chilling out on the Lazy River was a highlight!!  
We finished out the week with a workshop on "Bullying Prevention," where the CITs learned skills on how to identfy and prevent bullying.  
We are looking forward to a fun-filled Week 4, with a trip to Ocean City followed by an overnight at the JCC, plus Carnival Day and a Leadership Workshop with Beth El's Rabbi Arnow.   
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!


Shabbat Shalom - have a great weekend!


Melissa Leibowitz
Gesher CIT Director
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