BY DEVORAH CHASEN, LEAH BADER AND LIANA SLOMKA / AJT //
The 8th grade at Greenfield Hebrew Academy recently spent Shabbat at the beautiful campus of Ramah Darom. It was an experience that brought our grade together through services, textual learning, activities, and games.
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We began our exciting weekend by touring the camp and getting ready for Shabbat. The women and girls welcomed in the Shabbat with candle lighting. We had services, and we learned about the Parshat, Hashavua.
Our new B’not Sherut, Sarah, Linoy, Maayan, and Sara, taught us songs and cheers to bring the spirit of Shabbat into our souls. We ate an enormous camp-cooked meal together, which filled us up both physically and spiritually, because we know that true Judaism is based on Torah, mitzvoth, and food!
The next morning, we slept in and enjoyed the beautiful North Georgia mountain views and a sweet breakfast. We davened the shacharit prayers and read from the Torah. We were divided into groups, and each group was assigned an aliyah and asked to imagine how they would “tweet” about it in 14 words or less. #fun!
We completed our tefillah and at Kiddush, we enjoyed some more . . . food!
In the afternoon, we had time to wander around the camp and enjoy the facilities, including relaxing on the giant “Spider Web” hammock. This was followed by a Shabbat walk to the beautiful waterfall inside the camp.
We returned to the center of the camp for more davening and Talmud study. Then more food, glorious food! Shabbat came to an end with a Havdallah service under the stars. We started the new week and ended the Shabbaton by watching the movie “Pay It Forward”, which related to our earlier activities about making ethical decisions.
The weekend was a blast and brought the teachers, the B’not Sherut, and our whole grade much closer.
We all had a great time!