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“I’m grateful to see the amazing world Hashem created!”

Last week, as our time with The Shefa School in Manhattan came to a close, we had the chance to collect highlights and share gratitude with the students and teachers. Some of the highlights included the campfire, the camp-wide game called Predator vs. Prey, the view from the famous Isabella Freedman Overlook, singing and dancing after meals, and exploring the forests; including finding salamanders and other living things in the ponds and streams near the trails. Thanks for coming, Shefa! See you next year 🙂

With the Teva season in full swing, we welcomed 18 more students this week from the Luria Academy of Brooklyn. Up on the overlook this week, the students shared gratitudes, and Hannah said: “I’m grateful for the opportunity to see this – to see the amazing world Hashem created.”

On Tuesday evening, the students participated in Teva’s Resource Revolution Rally, where Gabby Garbage and Rethink danced and sang on stage, and taught about resources and the ways humans misuse and overuse them, and how we can rethink and do a better job of taking care of our world. The students loved singing this week, and the classic Teva song called ‘Psolet’ (waste) is sure to be sung throughout the halls of Luria in the weeks to come.

To commemorate Yom Hazikaron (the day of remembrance), the students lit a candle during Shacharit (morning services) and after breakfast sang songs about being the positive change in the world about building the world with love. We talked about what things they want to change in the world, and students answered with things like fighting for women’s rights, for environmental justice, and for animal rights.

We had an amazing week with Luria and we can’t wait for the Spring Teva season to continue!