The Gesher Gazette
Hailey Raymond 7/11
Ava Katz 7/12
Benjamin Lewis 7/12
Gabriel Schaerf 7/13
New York Liberty Trip
Unit Spirit Day
Negev=Camp Shirt Galil=Red
A Message From the Directors
The summer is now in full swing and our campers are truly having a blast! It was great to have a
full 5 day week of camp so we could really get Gesher ruach (spirit) going strong!
We kicked off this week with an incredible animal show! It was the first time Gesher was visited
by a python, a kookaburra, an armadillo, a porcupine and a leopard! Everyone had a great
time watching the animals and learning interesting facts about them. Chanukah in July was a fun
day full of latkes, dreidels and Chanukah songs. On Thursday our Negev campers enjoyed
their first Undernight of the summer with an extra swim, dinner and the Hollyrock Game Show
show. The show was a blast and all of our “contestants” and audience members had a terrific
time! Our Pre K thru 2 nd grade campers enjoyed a visit from the petting zoo on Friday (no
leopards this time, just a few ducklings, sheep and goats)!
The highlight of our week, however, was on Thursday, when campers took part in our annual
Swim-a-Thon for Chai Lifeline and Camp Simcha. Pledges and donations have already
started to trickle in and we are on our way to once again raising over $10,000; however, we can
only reach our goal with everyone’s help. The money raised goes directly to providing children
with cancer and terminal illnesses the opportunity to experience for a brief moment what it’s
like to be a “regular” kid and do regular kid activities. Camp Simcha is an oasis for these
children and has proven to be very therapeutic. With all of the financial strain placed on these
families to care for their children day to day, Camp Simcha does not charge to attend this
wonderful program. All funding is donated through Galil a variety Dorney Park of Trip charity fundraisers, such as our
Swim-a-Thon. We support this mitzvah, and will be collecting money for another two weeks.
You can make your donation on-line by logging onto www.chaiathon.org. Please encourage
your children to call relatives and friends and ask for sponsorships, even though the swimming
part has already been completed.
There’s so much to look forward to coming up next week! Wild Water Day, a camp favorite, is
on Wednesday and our Unit Wide Spirit Day is on
Friday! Our oldest campers – Galil, Madrichim and
LIT’s – will be going to the Prudential Center to see a
NY Liberty Game. Please remember that camp will be
closed next Tuesday, July 16, because of Tisha B’Av.
Shabbat Shalom and have a restful weekend. We can’t
wait to see everyone next week for more good times
and happy days!
Volume 12, Issue 2
July 12 2013
Av 5, 5773
Scott Lantzman, Director
(862) - 437-8111
All Star Staff
Scott, Marla & Amy
We’re so excited for week 2
Here’s a look back at what all our campers do!
Monday we saw a special animal show
We celebrated Chanukah in July, minus the
What activities do Kinneret campers like to
Tennis, Shirah (music) and ropes just make our
That’s just the beginning, But that’s not all
Who could forget activities like pop stix and T-
Favorite Movie Character and Farm Dress up days
were great to see.
Lots of our friends dressed up so wonderfully.
During our swim-a-thon, our little guys and gals
showed lots of heart,
Swimming, raising money, and showing that we can all do our part.
Have a great weekend wherever you might be
And get ready for a fantastic week #3!
~ Michelle, Audra & Stacy
The week started off with the fantastic show, the Wild
World of Animals. It was awesome to see all of the
On Tuesday, all of Gesher celebrated Chanukah in July!
Negev campers loved eating latkes for lunch and singing
Chanuka songs during Boker Tov and Lehitraot.
Negev campers looked so great at Boker Tov, dressed up
as their favorite movie characters on Wednesday.
Thursday was a busy day for all of Negev because we had
Swim-a-Thon and the Undernight. Everyone did a great
job swimming as many laps as they could. We're so
proud of them! Having an extra swim is always
exciting. The counselors and campers played such
fun games in the water (Marco Polo being the most
enthusiastic!). The Hollyrock Game Show was a blast!
We loved the last game of boys vs. girls. It was so
great to see and hear the cheering, laughing and
great spirit of our unit!
Today was Farm Day here at camp. Ask your children
which of the farm animals were their favorite.
Looking forward to next week. Have a great
~ Sharon, & Lyndsey
Week 2 in Galil was fun, fun, fun! Especially swimming laps for the Swim-a-thon.
The campers enjoyed Chocolate-Making and Brain Candy just to name a few.
There are so many chugim to do! do! do!
Week 2 was hot and sunny and the wild animal show on Monday was so, so funny!
We celebrated Chanukah in July by eating latkes and playing lots of activities.
We are looking forward to Week 3, "Wild Water Day". It will be great you will see!
~ Karen and Shai
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Of The Day
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Dreidel=Sevivon Movie=Seret Swimming Pool=Brecha
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Scott Lantzman (Director)
What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? The NFL (football)
What is your favorite team? Cincinnati Bengals
Who are your favorite players? Ickey Woods, T.J.
Houshmandzadeh, David Fulcher, Ken Anderson, AJ Green
What is your favorite camp activity? Welcoming the buses in
This year’s musical is Willy Wonka which will be performed on
August 21 with one performance during the day for the campers and one in the
evening for cast families.
This is truly a special day where campers stay for dinner with a pizza party and
cake. The Galil children, who have selected drama as their chug for the entire
summer started on Day One of camp for a true theatrical experience. The
children had a very realistic audition where they sang and read lines from the
script in order to help me determine the best role for them in the play.
Rehearsals are underway as everyone is learning the
songs, dances, and their lines in the show.
Please remember to send your child’s script in their
backpack each day. Also-it’s very helpful to
highlight your child’s lines at home and review
difficult vocabulary with them. You will receive
letters home regarding costumes in a few weeks.
We will be asking for basic pieces of clothing that
you can find in your closet.
We look forward to a great show!
Tennis is off to a great start!
Jill Green (Cooking Specialist)
How long have you worked at Gesher? This is my fourth
Why did you want to work here? I thought it would be fun
to have a summer job at camp because I love camp
What is your favorite food to make? Challa
Why did you want to work at cooking? Because I like to
cook and I wanted to teach children how to cook.
Popcorn tennis has been a big hit with Kinneret. Popcorn Tennis is a
game where the campers line up and race to the center of the court
where they need to pick up a ball and run back. The only catch is that
each time they play there is one less ball. This helps campers build
speed and endurance on the tennis court.
Negev and Galil campers have been learning proper grips, strokes, and
terminology through games of Simon Says, King of the Court, and relay
races. We are excited to help the campers expand their tennis skills throughout the summer.
~ Cindy & Jenna
*Niar is Paper in Hebrew
This week in PAPERCRAFT has been super exciting
The Kinneret campers made streamers and special dinosaurs
using *Niar plates.
Negev started off the week by making stained glass using tissue
*Niar. We then moved to using *Niar plates to make dinosaurs
and paper chains.
Galil chug made baskets using *Niar bags.
Now for a PAPERCRAFT haiku:
Papercraft is fun.
We make cool things from paper.
What will we do next?
Jokes of the Day
From Deep Down in the
Archives of Jokedom!
What kind of key
opens a banana?
Why did the donut go to the
He needed a jelly filling
What do you get when you cross
the man of steel with chicken
Why don't traffic lights ever go
Because they take too long to change
What do you call a crate full of
A box of quackers
Lots of beautiful music is being made in
The campers love to sing along with Oren
as he plays his guitar and teaches them
new Hebrew songs.
Whether we are indoors or outdoors,
Oren's music fills the air!
Singing in Shirah is awesome at Gesher!!
Candle Lighting: 8:11 pm
Torah Portion: Devorim
“Why is Gesher closed on Tisha B'av?"
Many people may be wondering why the camp is closed this coming Tuesday. In order to answer this
question, one needs to understand the significance and importance of this day.
In the Book of Numbers, the spies were sent to Israel and returned with an evil report. Instead of rejecting the
report, the Israelites reacted with much complaining and lack of gratitude. G-d decreed that because of their
complaining, they would wander the desert for forty years, and those living at that time would not enter the
Holy Land. The people cried and lamented all night. This decree was given on Tisha B'av. Yet most notable
was the desecration of both Temples on the Ninth of Av. Some of the laws that day include: prohibition from
eating/drinking, bathing, wearing of leather etc.
Gesher is a camp filled with many acts of chessed (kindness) on a daily basis. So many campers share with
me the amazing mitzvoth they perform! During those dark periods of Jewish history, it was the interpersonal
relations between people which were lacking. There was a breakdown in unity...People were
judgmental.... This coming Tuesday is the saddest day of the year. We not only mourn about events that
occurred 2000 years ago, but also reflect on what's going on in the world today. We realize that history
repeats itself and that the way to counter the negative forces is by doing good. Gesher is a place where our
campers rise to this challenge and make the world a better place to live in.
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and a meaningful Tisha B'av!
~ Rabbi Rich
July 12 2013
Av 5, 5773
Week 2 Mitzvah Award Winners: PK2, G1C, G4
Shabbat Ends: 9:11 pm
Gesher Mitzvah of the Week: Chessed (Kindness)
Tisha B’av ( Fast begins Monday night 8:26 P.M. and concludes Tuesday night 8:56 P.M.)
Makoto is new and improved for fun
Racing the lights until your time is done.
Cheering for each other and showing support
Count this Game as another awesome sport!
From Low Ropes to High & the Zip Line too
The campers are scaling the walls with our
The Sports specialists are having a blast
Playing with our campers
The summer's flying by fast.
Chugim with Ultimate Frisbee & Basketball
Only join the ropes Chug
If you want to climb the Hard Wall
The days may be HOT
But the Sports sessions are so cool
Thankfully our days involve
Lots of time in the pool!
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Who can believe that 2 full weeks of Swimming Instruction have come to a close? We are very proud of so many of our campers who
have changed levels over the past two weeks!
Coming home with your child this week are the first of our bi-weekly swimming progress reports for your children. Please note their
progress and accomplishments this session. We have many campers getting over their fears and many more working hard on perfecting
their swimming skills.
This week we completed our “9 Days of Instruction” programming at the pool. Jewish law prohibits recreational swimming during the 9
Days of Av because of the predisposition of the Jewish people towards danger during this period. Our Kinneret campers, in lieu of free
swim got into the spirit of the 9 Days by “practicing what they learned.” Negev and Galil campers learned important rescue skills, life
jacket skills, and boating skills in lieu of their free swim.
We are continuing toward our $16,000 fundraising goal for the children of Chai Lifeline / Camp
Simcha. Please turn in your pledge money as soon as possible as we need to get the prizes
ordered. Every little bit counts – we would like to have full participation from the camp!
Until next week…
The countdown is over and the summer is
officially underway!! The Madrichim have
been having a blast on our two local trips
during the first two weeks. Last week we
ventured into the jungle at Safari Golf, and
this week we bowled to our hearts content at
Plaza Lanes in Madison. We also began
some fun teambuilding during our daily
Hadracha period and read stories to
Kinneret campers during our annual Chanukah in
July. Next week we will begin our babysitting course
and get ready to cheer on the NY Liberty!! We would
like to remind parents to dress the Madrichim in the
WHITE Gesher shirt and pack a pair of closed toe
shoes for days with trips. We can't wait for another
great week at GESHER!!!
~ Mike and Dani
Beat together with a mixer:
1 3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of oil
Stir in dry ingredients by hand.
2 teaspoons of vanilla
4 apples pared and sliced as for pie
Jeff Reiss, Aquatics Director and Amy Ventura, Asst. Aquatics Director
Rosh Hashana Apple Squares
Bake in an ungreased pan at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Cool
and cut into squares. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Help this camper swim through the pool.
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