A Message from Tiferet, a Maoriginal Camper

Shabbos in NCSY Camp Maor is truly magical! Shabbos begins each week with pre-Shabbos ruach where all campers meet in the dance studio and watch our weekly video followed by dancing. After dancing all campers head to the tent while singing Sha Sha Shabbat Shalom. Then everyone sings our original Kabbalat Shabbat song written about the female experience of bringing Shabbos in, followed by davening Kabbalat Shabbat together while the sun sets around us.

Counselors quickly head to the dining room before Shalom Aleichem to place their campers’ “Shabbat O’ Grams” at their seats and to greet campers as they enter during Shalom Aleichem. After Shalom Aleichem the entire camp sings our original Eishit Chayil tune and listens to Rabbi Josh make kiddush. Our Friday night dinner always begins with delicious soup and depending on the week includes chicken,
brisket, salmon, rice, vegetables and roasted potatoes. During dinner the entire dining room is silent when listening to campers’ Divrei Torah. Soon after we launch into an array of camp cheers/zmirot, and every bunk gets a chance to lead a cheer/zemer of their choice. Next we begin our Shabbos bentching inspired by the Cup Song, and campers play the beat. Friday night dessert is always an enjoyable type of cake or pastry and afterwards campers and staff sing our original Friday Night melody reflecting on our
incredible night. Our Rivka division campers then head to the theater for an oneg and to play exciting games as a bunk, using The Box by NCSY. After a fun-filled, inspiring night campers head to bed to get ready for the next amazing Maor day!!!

Starting with a 9am wakeup Shabbos day, campers head to davening and then to a delicious kiddush breakfast with pastries, cereal, fruit, and yogurt. Next the Miriam division goes to play parsha games while Esther and Rivka go to the theater shul for mussaf and to answer fun parsha-related questions in- between leining. Soon after, the entire camp meets at the dining hall for a lunch which depending on the week can incorporate deli, chicken, chili, cholent, noodle kugel and vegetables. Another round of
cheering/zmirot happens and campers listen to more inspiring divrei torah. Following lunch, we head to the theater for Big Sister Little Sister time, where the girls with corresponding parts meet up to rehearse their lines/blocking for the final performance. Next we say mincha then walk to the tent where we enjoy an amusing version of The Lion King, performed by our counselors. Afterwards, campers head to their bunks for rest time and to enjoy relaxing time chilling with their bunk.

After rest campers enjoy their bunk Shabbos parties followed by Shiur with Rabbi Josh or Bethany, fun and games with Shoshie and Maayan and improvisational or singing games with the professional staff. Then the entire camp goes to Shalosh Shudas where we enjoy a delicious dairy buffet and after bentching go to ebbing where we sing as Shabbos ebbs away. During ebbing the entire camp sings and listens to Sari tell inspirational stories. Our ebbing program ends with our staff member and camper of the week bracelet ceremonies where these members of our Camp Maor families who have gone above and beyond this week receive a special rainbow bracelet. The remainder of the camp receives the weekly bracelet based on the past week’s theme. We then sing our original Havdalah song clad with glow in the dark necklaces, followed by Havdalah where our campers of the week get to hold the Havdalah candle. The night than ends with dancing to classic Melava Malka songs, as well as Camp Maor originals.

And that is our magical Shabbos at NCSY Camp Maor. You should all come and visit us and share in the magic.