SAC: Monday, July 2nd: Creating a Thick Atmosphere of Israel

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After a wonderful Ezra Bessaroth family wedding on Sunday evening at Tibbetts Creek Manor in weddingIssaquah (Mazal tov again to Esther and Julian Alhadeff, and Esther's parents, Amir and Gail Ben-Meir!....see the picture Michael Varon caught of me and posted on facebook -  as the Matador during the wedding dancing!) I drove back to camp this morning with three campers (my son Avraham Beryl, Eli Almo and Jacob Ben-Ezra). Not before stopping by the Hemmat home, where Rachely joined the group. Fully equipped with Israeli flags and other Eretz Yisrael props, Rachely set the tone for this wonderful day @ SAC.

israeliflagToday's theme was Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel.  Some of the highlights: blue and white decorations throughout camp, morning sessions on facts and stats of modern Israel followed by an afternoon Maccabia, Israeli dancing for the girls with Rachely, Tzizit-tying for the boys with Dr. Larry Adatto, a delectable felafal lunch courtesy of Eli Varon, Israeli music, a guest appearance by Chana Adatto's Hatan, Yonatan Shefa of the Maccabeats, a surprise visit by new Olim Leah, Yonit and Dalia Jacobson, an Israeli boot camp activity into the night...

All of today's activities created a real "thick atmosphere" of Eretz Yisrael, highlighting its centrality to Jewish identity. Counselor Ephraim Adatto said it best when he pointed out to me in a casual conversation that though in the past, there has been a day set aside for Israel at SAC, this year's program was more clearly defined and focused.

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