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Camp Mountain Chai’s
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Message from the Director
As we continue to build off the success we’ve experienced over the past six summers one specific thought has steadily been in our heads, “what can we do to keep that camp feeling alive during the school year when we’re away from CMC?” I’m excited to announce we now have an answer to that question... T.O.P.’s & CMC Family Events!
IN THIS EDITION... Page 1 •Message from the Director •Upcoming CMC Events Page 2 •Welcome New Camp Families •Welcome Chef Emily! Page 3 •Camper Corner Page 4 •Messages From CMC Staff Page 5 •T.O.P.’s (Tikkun Olam Projects) Page 6 •CMC Family Events Page 7 •Happy Birthday To You... Page 8 •News and Reminders •Recap of Reunion 2011
These programs are designed to do two things, 1) bring our camp community together during the off-‐season and 2) to provide an opportunity for us to “give back” to our community in a fun and “campy” way. Our T.O.P.’s (Tikkun Olam Projects) program is designed not only to grow and strengthen our CMC community, it will also provide our campers and families with the opportunity to engage in the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) and give back to our community! We’ve got an age appropriate program created for each age unit at camp. This is a great way to spend time with your camp friends while also participating in social action. The other programs are our new CMC Family Events. These events are for the
entire family (mom, dad, brothers, sisters, dogs, ect.) and camp community beginning this Spring! We want families (new and returning, young and old) of the CMC family to enjoy each others company, mingle, and have fun outside of camp. There is something for everyone, so be sure to check out the exciting and fun-‐filled activities for the entire Camp Mountain Chai community! MC... Here’s to C in the land! mp The best ca
Calendar of Upcoming CMC Events • Program breakdown is for CURRENT GRADES not “going into”
FEBRUARY 3-5th - 4, 5, 6th GRADE RETREAT up @ CMC 12th - FAMILY EVENT Tu B’Shevat Hike 26th - AMIRIM (7&8th Grade) T.O.P.’s Seacrest Village MARCH 18th - ATID (9&10th Grade) T.O.P.’s PCI Walk for Water
*All events take place in San Diego and on Sunday’s unless noted.
More detailed informa.on can be found on pages 5 & 6
APRIL 1st - NETZARIM (5&6th Grade) T.O.P.’s Beach Clean-Up 15th - SHORASHIM (2,3,& 4th Grade) T.O.P.’s Hand Up Food Pantry 22nd - CAMP WIDE Kickball Game MAY * Saturday Evening Event 12th - FAMILY EVENT Lag B’Omer Havdallah & Campfire
Winter: 4950 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123 • p: (858) 499-1330 • f: (858) 499-1331 • www.campmountainchai.com Summer: 42900 Jenks Lake Road, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305 • p: (909) 794-3800 • f: (909) 389-1148
- WELCOME TO CMC! (as of January 10)
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We want to send a HUGE WELCOME to all of our NEW CAMPERS (as of January 10) who will be attending CMC for the first time this upcoming summer. We can’t wait for you to arrive at camp!
Chef Emily’s Corner
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We’re excited to introduce our NEW CAMP CHEF... Welcome Chef Emily!!!
Hi, my name is Emily Hartop. I am very excited to be the new Executive Chef here at Camp Mountain Chai. My previous position was as a culinary arts instructor, so it is great to still be surrounded by so many enthusiastic young people here at camp. I am excited to bring new ideas and fresh concepts to camp while working with the great team already in place in the camp kitchen. I have a passion for fresh foods, baking, and international cuisines; I look forward to incorporating these into our camp repertoire. My desire is to continually strive to make camp food healthier, fresher, and more exciting for everyone at CMC. Camp is such a beautiful place to call home – I love the fresh air and the snow! My degree is in Entomology, so I am a naturalist at heart – the "wild" mountains felt like home right away. It is so satisfying to see our campers being nourished by a hot meal and a cup of cocoa after spending time in the great outdoors. I can't wait for summer when the camp is full of children and I get to share my love of foods with everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful new year, please stop in and say "Hi" to me and our wonderful kitchen staff if you come up to visit!
- CAMPER CORNER Noah Ruskin, A mirim 2011 How many years have you b een at CMC? 1 – This was my first year. What was your f avorite m oment/memory f rom s ummer 2011? E MBASSY – I T ROCKED! What three words would you u se to describe CMC? Awesome, fun, stay forever What excites you m ost about n ext s ummer? S eeing my f riends a nd p laying e mbassy What do you like m ost about Shabbat at camp, and why? O n S habbat we a ll sing together have a good t ime a nd a fter S habbat we g o a nd d o I sraeli Dancing!!! I t i s s o m uch f un!!!
Ayden Belsky, Amirim 2011 How many summers have you been at CMC? This next one will be my fifth. What was your favorite moment/memory from summer 2011? I really loved the whole Fourth of July party. What three words would you use to describe CMC? Amazing, remarkable, exciting What excites you most about next summer? I am just really excited to finally go for three weeks and see all of my old friends which I have made over past years. What do you like most about Shabbat at camp, and why? I really love Israeli dancing because everyone just hangs out and gets to know each other while being outside in the beautiful environment that CMC offers. Sadie Schlesinger, Netzarim 2011 How many summers have you been at CMC? I have been going to Camp Mountain Chai summer camp for two years. 2012 will be my third summer, plus I went to Winter Camp last year. What was your favorite moment/memory from Summer 2011? My favorite moment was when we did a Lady Gaga mix on stage during Chai’dol. If you could describe CMC in three words, what would they be? Best Camp Ever! What excites you most about next summer? I look foward to having lots of fun with all of my camp friends. What do you like most about Shabbat at camp, and why? I love dancing and singing with all my friends after Shabbat dinner. Gal Ben Kiki, ATID 2011 How many summers have you been at CMC? I have been to Camp Mountain Chai for 3 summers. What was your favorite moment/memory from Summer 2011? My most memorable memory was arriving at camp during the 2nd session and getting to be with all my friends. What was the best part about last summer’s Atid trip? The best part about the trips was seeing the amazing features on the way such as at the Zion Canyon looking at the magniWicent height and amazingness. What excites you most about next summer? Having my last summer as a camper. I am mostly looking forward to hopefully becoming an SIT. If you had to describe CMC in three words, what would they be? Amazing, Home, Leadership Noah Kalal, Amirim 2011 How many summers have you been at CMC? Three summers -‐ 2009, 2010, and 2011. What was your favorite moment/memory from Summer 2011? When I took writing as an elective, the counselor made the storytelling process really interesting. What was your favorite evening program? One evening we drove into the forest and slept out under the stars! What excites you most about next summer? I'm looking forward to the Maccabiah games in Session 3! What do you like most about Shabbat at camp, and why? Chicken and challah! Oh yeah, I loved their cooking! Did I mention how good the food is? The real thing I love about Shabbat at camp is that we get to sleep in late on Saturday morning and goof off all day.
Me s s age s f rom CMC St af f Gina DeVivo, Amirim Counselor 2011 "One of my favorite memories of camp was on a beautiful Saturday morning during Shabbat services. Just as Brandon began to tell his story it started to sprinkle, then rain, then pour all in a matter of seconds! Everyone ducked and ran under trees to try and shield themselves from getting wet. After about 5 minutes of standing under the canopies, not really being protected from the elements, we all just let go! I remember running out into the downpour dancing with everyone around me; splashing, laughing and singing -‐ everything was perfect. When we were all finally soaking wet we ran back to our cabins, put on some fresh "DRY" clothes, and heading to the Mo’adon to finish up the service. I remember that being the best service of the whole summer. Thanks to the spontaneous storm, there was an electricity of excitement flowing through the air. We all sang a little louder, smiled a little brighter, and had a beautiful Shabbat morning. I can't wait to go back to camp next summer! To be reunited with all my friends, see all my campers from last summer, and be a kid again. Last summer I was one step ahead of the game with my fanny pack. Everyone made fun of me till they realized I was brilliant. I was packing first aid supplies, itch cream, bug spray, chapstick, and extra sunblock. This time around I am bringing my SECRET WEAPON.. "friendship bracelet string" and LOTS of it. ;) When I'm not at camp I'm a pretty normal girl. I go to school, chill on my computer, and hang out with my friends. I'm saving up to go to culinary school: pastry division. One day I will be decorating cake and pies with awesomeness!
Dave Schneider, (aka, British Dave) Atid Counselor One of the best things I witnessed at CMC during the summer was the transforma[on of some of the kids in A[d. They came to camp without knowing what it meant to be in A[d, and without realizing what responsibili[es would lay upon their shoulders. The community created at CMC, especially the bond created within the A[d Unit was unbelievable. The kids stuck together no ma]er what and friendships were created that I know will last a life[me for these kids. We created memories together that were so epic and were so much fun I know I'll remember them for a very long [me, as I hope they do too. But the great thing about camp is next year there will be more people to create even more memories with and long-‐las[ng friendships. When I'm not at camp, I work as a Stock Supervisor at a clothing store in jolly ol' England! It's called Ted Baker, they have some stores over in the states! It's pre]y cool! It's in the city of Cambridge (yeah, the one with the famous University)! I also compose and play music as a hobby. It keeps me mo[vated and is just a nice hobby to have when [mes are slow! Next summer I'm excited to see a lot of people come back for another year at CMC! Some of the kids coming into A[d were Shorashim kids when I ﬁrst came to work at CMC, so it would be a special summer for me personally! It's also been a long [me since I've heard the phrase "BRITISH DAVE!!!" because I guess in England I'm known as just Dave :) What I want to bring next year at camp is gonna be more of the same I've brought the past 4 summers ... a whole lo]a BRITISHNESS!! I had fun on the A[d trips crea[ng improvised songs for the kids so that's gonna happen again for sure! They loved them! As well as the very special duck song!
Itay Silverberg, Ropes Course Director From all the amazing moments I have had at CMC this summer, my best memory has to be Maccabiah. From the drama[c opening to the exci[ng ﬁnish, those two days were a perfect ending for a great summer. During the events, I watched campers from both teams compete to the best of their ability, working together to become Maccabiah champions. I really think those two days brought out the best in both campers and staﬀ members, and showed how special the CMC community really is. When not in camp, I am studying for an undergraduate degree in Corporate Finance and Accoun[ng from Bentley University in Wa]ham, Massachuse]s. For next summer, I am excited to bring my enthusiasm and my adventurous nature for the Ropes Course, the Israeli programs, and camp as a whole. I hope to bring new Israel programs that will con[nue to strengthen the rela[onship between CMC and Israel.
We are excited to announce (as of January 10) RETURNING STAFF MEMBERS for 2012 Amanda Snow, Beth Caplan-‐Matlow, Bob Carroll, Brittany Irshay, Chris Carroll, Cameron Vaughter, Cara Hoffman, Chanti Greenwald, Claire Morgan, Dave Schneider, David Kenton, David Shyloski, Debra Marcus, Dylan Lieberman, Emily Lassman, Emily Naito, Gina DeVivo, Hana Brenner-‐Katz, Itay Silverberg, Jeff Brody, Jon-‐Henry Langerman, Jordan Tarr, Josh Traulsen, Josh Minzer, Lauren Caplan-‐Matlow, Lauren Finkel, Marisa Hoffman, Matt Wolpe, Matt Dain, Nicole Schwartz, Rachel Shyloski, Rebecca Siegal, Sarah Tagger, Sarah Kowall, Seth Biase, Tommy Bennett
Tikkun Olam Projects
ALL PROJECTS ARE ORGANIZED BY CURRENT GRADE/2011 CAMP UNITS not “going into”
We have such a fabulous time during the summer, that we thought we would find ways to spend time together throughout the year, too! T.O.P.’s, our new off-season program, will not only help grow and strengthen our CMC community, it will provide all our campers and families with the opportunity to engage in the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) and give back to the San Diego community! We’ve got a program for each age unit, so check out what we’ve got planned for T.O.P’s 2012!
Amirim (Grades 7 & 8) Seacrest Village DATE: TIME: WHERE:
Shorashim (Grades 2-4)
Hand Up Food Pantry
Sunday, February 26th, 2012 2:00pm—3:00 pm Seacrest Village 211 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
Amirim campers will come together for an ajernoon of BINGO BONANZA with the residents of Seacrest Village Re[rement Communi[es. This is an opportunity for our campers to give back and help brighten the day with some energy and excitement to Jewish seniors.
Atid (Grades 9 & 10)
PCI Walk for Water (Posi[ve Community Impact)
DATE: Sunday, March 18th, 2012 TIME: 10:00am—1:00pm WHERE: Tecolote Shores at Mission Bay Park COST: $15/person before January 15th, 2012; $20/person ajer January 15th, 2012 *Cost is the registra>on fee for the PCI Walk For Water. All money goes directly to PCI. Join us for a great morning together helping out a great cause. A[d campers and their families are invited to par[cipate in a 5k walk to help raise awareness of the global shortage of access to clean water.
Jewish Family Services DATE: Sunday, April 15th, 2012 TIME: 1:00pm—4:00pm WHERE: Murphy Canyon Chapel 3200 Santo Road San Diego, CA 92124 Shorashim campers and their parents are invited to join us as we help distribute food to military families in need, interact with the families, play sports and make crajs with the kids. We are incredibly excited about this opportunity to give back to local military families that give so much for our community and our country.
Netzarim (Grades 5 & 6) Beach Clean-Up
Netzarim campers and their parents are invited to join us as we gather together to beau[fy one of San Diego’s amazing beaches. Thousands of pounds
DATE: Sunday, April 1st, 2012 TIME: 2:00pm—4:00pm WHERE: Loca[on TBD
of trash are le[ on our beau\ful beaches each year. Help us take care of our amazing coastline so that we all can enjoy the beauty of San Diego’s beaches.
CMC Events In addition to our exciting new T.O.P.’s programs, we have planned THREE AWESOME PROGRAMS for the whole family and camp community happening this Spring! We have something for everyone, so check out the exciting and fun-‐filled activities for our entire Camp Mountain Chai community.
Tu B’Shevat Family Hike - Sunday, February 12th Join us for a short Tu B’Shevat program and beautiful family-‐oriented hike in scenic Mission Trails Park. Come meet other CMC families and enjoy the amazing outdoors. DATE: Sunday, February 12th, 2012 TIME: 2:00pm -‐ 4:30pm WHERE: Mission Trails Regional Park 1 Father Junipero Sierra Trail
Campwide Kickball Game - Sunday, April 22nd Join the CMC community for an exci[ng ajernoon of kickball! We will run two consecu[ve games, one for our lower division campers and one for our upper division campers. Come to play or to cheer on your friends and family! DATE: Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 TIME: 2:00pm -‐ 4:30pm WHERE: La Jolla JCC
Lag B’Omer Family Havdalah and Campfire - Saturday, May 12th Join us for Havdalah and a campfire on the beach to celebrate Lag B’Omer. We will have a campfire with all the fixin’s (and yes, that does mean S’mores!). DATE: Saturday, May 12th, 2012 TIME: 7:00pm *Shabbat ends at 8pm WHERE: La Jolla shores
We will be sending out more information regarding our T.O.P.’s and FAMILY EVENTS throughout the Spring. If you have any questions or would like more information about these programs, please contact the office at 858-499-1330 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available on our website at www.campmountainchai.com
REGISTRATION for any
event IS EASY and FREE!
YOU CAN... 1. Call us at the CMC oﬃce (858.499.1330) and let us know how many people will be joining us. (or you can) 2. Visit our website, click on “Oﬀ-‐Season Programs,” choose the event you wish to sign up for, and register online.
HAP PY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! JANUARY Aaron Knopman Adam Bilmes Alan Umansky Alexandra Valdez Alexis Howard Alexis Sachs Ben Grossman-‐Thompson Benjamin Harvey Brandon Victor Claire Wengrod Eli Tagger Elizabeth Gardner Ethan Stern-‐Ellis Ethan Subel Ethan Weissman Gabriel Rich Gal Nachshony (staﬀ) Hana Brenner-‐Katz (staﬀ) Hannah Friedman Isaac Morganstein Isabel Nerenberg Jacob Gordon Jacqueline Domi Jared Greenstein
Jerre] Keller Joshua Glassman Leah Buchsbaum Lily Selznick Macey Walker Ma] Wolpe (staﬀ) Ma]hew Dain (staﬀ) Max Kelton Maya Schuster Natalie Halpern Noah Lerner Noah Myers Olivia Downey Raz Bar Ridley Mustain Sam Clark Samantha Tabak Sarah Blank (staﬀ) Shiraz Rokach Souleyman Bangoura Spencer Pilarski
FEBRUARY Abby Bilmes Akira Hidaka-Gordon Allison Schneider Ari Goodman (STAFF) Benjamin Kahn Brandon Berson Brianna Herrmann Bryan Abrams Chloe Ratner Eden Ratner Ella Ancheta, Emily Barnhart-Ross Ethan Brumer Matthew Blumberg Gavriel Schnee Matthew Kopelowitz Jaclyn Korfin Melissa Browne Jacob Hough Rachel Greenstein Jordan Hankin Rayn Cooper Katherine Nizen Rebekkah Lasky Kianna Pitegoff Sam Peters Luke Johns Shayne Fredricks Mallory Hulsey Matthew Bennin
FACE IN CAKE!!!
MARCH Abigail Cook Adam Fischer (STAFF) Alex Maloney Alexandra McCain Amanda Levy Arielle Katz Beatriz de Oliveira Beth Caplan-Matlow (STAFF) Brendan Anapoell Celia Glezer Cole Berson Danielle Gordon Danyela Swidler Elena Ecelbarger Eli Remba Evan Greenberger Grace Goldman Gracie Glaser Hadar Ben-Shimon Ilana Levy Isabel Katz Jacob Fine Jonas Jacobs Jonas Klipstein Jonathan Wizman Jordan Gussman Jordan Laser Jordan Taran Julia Derman Julia Tierney Juliann Weissman
Kevin Kuehler Korina Day Lauren Caplan-Matlow (STAFF) Lauren Wheeler Lindsay Benedek Luca Shahar Marisa Hoffman Marissa-Skye Goldwater Marni Kelton Max Salinger Maya Levy Megan Burland Michael Ramirez Michaela Langer Michella Day Nathan Schwedock Noah Borin Rachel Schwartz Ryan Pitesky Ryan Weissman Sage Michaels Samuel Laser Sara Lathrop Seth Biase (STAFF) Shaina Shemirani Sol Ramirez Steve Gerard (STAFF) Tommy Slesinger Tristin Greenstein Yoel Ferdman
CMC NEWS & INFORMATION • Have you made an appointment for your child to see your family physician for your child’s CAMP PHYSICAL? Please make your appointment as soon as possible. The Health Form you will need is located on your website for you to download when needed. • Early Registra\on was a huge success! We have over 325 campers registered already for camp this summer, more than we have ever had at this point of the year. We already have wai\ng lists for certain cabins/age groups while others are ﬁlling up fast. If you haven’t registered your child yet please contact us to inquire about session/bunk availability.
CAMP MOUNTAIN CHAI and FACEBOOK Photos, videos, stories... CMC’s Facebook page is a hot destination for all our camp families! www.facebook.com/campmountainchai “Like Us” on Facebook! This is a great way for you and your family to keep up with everything that’s going on at CMC, not just during the summer but all year! Camp doesn’t end when the summer ends, it’s just diﬀerent! Just look at how many ac[vi[es and events we have scheduled!
2011 CAMP REUNION WAS AMAZING! Along with the sounds of go-‐karts whizzing and music pumping, excitement was in the air at K1 Speed on Sunday, December 18th as over 230 CMC campers and staﬀ gathered for our annual Winter Camp Reunion. Friends traveled from near and far to reunite and reminisce about summer 2011 -‐ and we can certainly say that our reunion was a HUGE success! It was an amazing a[ernoon, and we were so happy to see each and every one of our campers and staﬀ who joined us in the fes\vi\es. We had a chance to race around the go-‐kart track, play some arcade games, catch up with friends, meet new people, eat some snacks, and have a ton of fun! Of course, we also unveiled the 2011 Chai’Lights video made especially by our one and only video specialist Jeﬀ Brody. Thanks Jeﬀ! Thank you to everyone who helped make the day such a success. We had a fantas\c day, and now we are even more excited than ever to see you all in just a few short months at CMC 2012!
Winter: 4950 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123 • p: (858) 499-1330 • f: (858) 499-1331 • www.campmountainchai.com Summer: 42900 Jenks Lake Road, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305 • p: (909) 794-3800 • f: (909) 389-1148