In the midst of these Jewish holidays, and during the change of seasons (the hot summer has suddenly turned into a cool fall), I am reflecting on this special time.
Rosh Hashana rings in the Jewish New Year. Similarly, in many ways, as the summer of 2021 ends and we begin preparation for 2022, it is now our camp new year. Today, we are looking forward, eager to plan this upcoming season at “The Greatest Place on Earth” – concurrently facing new promise, ongoing challenge, and awesome possibility.
Yom Kippur is an opportunity to reflect. At camp, following the season, we also look back at the previous year – motivated to seek improvement, growth, and positive change. Although COVID-19 forced many organizations and summer camps to pivot, we now embrace certain “COVID keeps” – those adjustments that worked, and, going forward, may become part of a new “normal.”
During Sukkot, we appreciate the plentiful harvest that we continue to enjoy at the Farber Farm. At the same time, we are grateful for the supportive community that sustains us through every season.
Next week, when we conclude the High Holidays with Simchat Torah, we close one book and immediately begin again – rejoicing in our Jewish text. Similarly, at a Jewish camp, steeped in tradition, we celebrate in the stories, songs, and camp memories that continue year after year.
During these days, I wish you a happy and healthy new year – filled with positive change and the very best of everything!