It is Opening Day here at CLC, and while we have been welcoming our campers to camp (it’s going great!), 57 of last year’s Olim campers departed last night for another exciting experience! Each summer, Crane Lake campers who are entering 11th grade, have the opportunity to go with NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) on a 5-week trip for a meaningful and exciting journey to Israel, filled with amazing memories and friendships which will last a lifetime. They go to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, to the Negev desert and spend a week in Europe.
“We are so excited that Talia is embarking on the ultimate teenage Jewish journey with her Crane Lake camp friends, with whom she has such deep friendship bonds. My parents, Talia’s grandparents, were both Holocaust survivors who were born and raised in Poland until their early teen years, and ultimately lived to build successful, meaningful and happy lives in Israel. It’s gratifying to know that Talia will be retracing their footsteps, understanding her roots, and going through an incredible emotional roller-coaster with her friends. Talia has visited Israel with our family every year since she was born, and has even been with us to visit a concentration camp in Germany, but I am sure that going through the Europe and Israel journey with her close friends, under the expert guidance of the NFTY In Israel staff, will be a whole new level of emotional experience for her, and will help shape her Jewish identity for the future. Thank you to Crane Lake Camp and the URJ for the deep friendships she has made at camp, and for offering her such an amazing travel opportunity.” -Dan, Talia’s Dad
We are thrilled that Crane Lake staff members Alix Skolnick and Barak Malichi will be counselors for our campers on their trip. We look forward to receiving a letter from their group each Shabbat, and we’ll be reading it to campers and posting it on our blog, so keep a look out!