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BJE’s Great Escape!

Published on 23.08.16

This year 62 kids from around NSW enjoyed BJE’s annual fun-filled, four day Year 7-12 Weekend Escape camp.
A team of five fabulous Israeli Madrichim helped run the popular event, which was, as always, a great success. Hardly surprising, given the vast array of fun and educational programmes on offer.
The activities on offer included an awesome mock Israeli Defense Force (IDF) Rescue Mission programme, while a series of discussions about Jewish topics such as antisemitism, G-d, Relationships and Respect, and What Israel What Israel Means to Me gave participants’ brains a good workout as well.
The Weekend Escape camp took place over the weekend of Tisha B’Av, which created an ideal opportunity for BJE High School Coordinator Sarah Unger and her madrichim to teach students about this meaningful time of year.
“As well as preparing the campsite for Shabbat – a first for some students – we learned the story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza and also read Eicha,” explains BJE’s Sarah Unger, 25. “It was a great opportunity to explore this time of mourning as it was actually happening in the Jewish calendar.”
The icing on the cake was a giant bonfire on the last night of camp, with students and madrichim cementing their newly formed bonds as they sang Hebrew and English songs around the fire.
Adds Sarah, “Weekend Escape provided not only an opportunity to learn and relax, but a fun and inclusive environment where students got to express themselves and explore their Judaism. We can’t wait for next year!”

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