When your kids lead your family into Jewish observance, it’s incredible!
Hanukkah comes in the winter, Passover comes in the spring, and the High Holy Days come in the fall. But honestly, summer is always the most Jewish time in our family’s life. That’s because Jacki (9) and Sam (5) both go to In the City Camp (ITCC) and all summer long they bring home the Hebrew songs, Jewish foods, games and dances they’ve learned at camp and share them with us.
I grew up in South Florida, surrounded by Jewish kids. But here in Decatur, and in our local public schools, Jewish families have to work hard to find each other. Yes, we belong to a synagogue and our kids go to Sunday school, but the Jewish stuff they get at ITCC amplifies everything. Everything clicks in the summer.
I think it’s because ITCC is a Jewish day camp with a sleepaway camp “feel.” The kids are divided into “bunks,” and they bond with their counselors, and choose their own activities just like at overnight camp. It’s a great fit for kids who aren’t ready for sleepaway, and a great try-out for Jacki, who will be at ITCC for her fourth summer and also attending Camp Barney for the first time.
ITCC has been a spark for our whole family’s identity. The kids bake challah at camp every Friday and those loaves are the centerpiece of family Shabbat dinners in the summer. When your kids lead your family into deeper Jewish observance, it’s incredible!
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