colorwarToday, Color War broke out at Camp SAC when SAMIS trustees entered the dining hall with a "Color War" sign.  The dramatic announcement followed an evening and tension for SAC campers, as Director Leon Covitz announced at Arvit last night that the camp was being bought out by BCMH, and was heretofore being renamed "Seattle Ashkenazic Camp" though the acronym of SAC would be maintained. Some fifteen campers from the Ashkenazic community would purportedly be joining the current session - this, combined with the buy-out - would lead to the use of Artscroll siddurim, new pronunciation of key words, and a general change in the culture of the camp. The practical joke, the halachic parameters of which were dubious, was somewhat realistic, since NCSY director Ari Hoffman a member of BCMH, was here Tuesday morning, and Rabbi Owen returned to Seattle Tuesday afternoon, apparently in a flurry of negotiations "to seal the deal".....What transpired overnight was a campers' campaign to maintain the Sephardic identity of the camp.....and relief when Samis Trustees Rabbi Rob Toren, Eddie Hasson and Jerry Cohen dramatically revealed that the joke was merely a prelude to Color War! ehassonTo the right is a picture of Elana Hasson, SAC counselor, a student at NYHS and a former student of mine at SHA. She is a member of EB, and daughter of Nate and Raniel Hasson. Hazzan Yogev and Rachely Nuna came out to camp today with their son Ori, the youngest camper.  He can be seen in his stroller, below: 

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