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The Power of Jewish Camp: In Response to the Wildfires Devastating Our State

The Power of Jewish Camp: In Response to the Wildfires Devastating Our State
November 16, 2018. 8 Kislev 5779

Dear Friends,

As I write this, we are one week into the Hebrew month of Kislev, the month known for Chanukah, the festival of light. At the very moment that the calendar turned to light last week, large sections of our state became engulfed in flames of light.

These days have been filled with anxiety, fear, devastation and heartbreak for many of us. Friends and family members were evacuated, and many have lost homes and businesses in the fires. And as this November 11 Facebook message reminds us, our Jewish community suffered significant losses as well when Ilan Ramon Day School and three beloved Jewish summer camps, JCA Shalom, Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp were largely destroyed in the fires.

Camp, a home away from home for many of our own Temple Menorah members, has long been a powerful tool of Jewish engagement, and it will continue to be in the future as we come together to support the rebuilding efforts. While the extent of the damage is still being assessed and plans for relocating and rebuilding are just beginning, the power of light – in its best sense – has shone through. People want to help!

Below are a few links to communal organizations that are organizing donation drives, as well as to information about how our camps are best able to utilize the light of support. In addition, you will find information about our own Temple Menorah Winter Camp registration is now available, and a note from Zoe Helphand, one of our 7th graders, who is channeling her efforts to support her camp.

The greatest light of all during these dark days is that which shines when we come together as community. In that spirit, there is no better place to come together than at Jewish camp. As I mentioned in that Facebook post, “For the good of the youth and for the good of the Jewish people, we commit to helping however we can.” As we approach the festival of light, I encourage you to give the gift of help and support to rebuild this foundational element of our Jewish community.

#JCAStrong #KramerNeverStops #HilltopNeverStops


Rabbi Leah Lewis

The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles Wildfire Relief Fund

News about supporting the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps
(Gindling Hilltop Camp and Camp Hess Kramer)

News about supporting Camp JCA Shalom and the Shalom Institute
https://shalominstitute.com/wildfire/updates /

Mitzvah Project
My name is Zoe Helphand. As you might know the Woolsey fire burnt down several Jewish summer camps. For my Bat Mitzvah project I will be selling baked goods, hand painted ( by me) DIY flower pot kits, and art painted by Kenny Helphand to help rebuild two of those camps, Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop. I am doing this as my bat mitzvah project because these camps are very important to me and the Jewish community. I have been going to Camp Hess Kramer for 4 years in a row, my mom went there for 8 summers and my grandma went there too. Camp Hess Kramer is so special because I love all of the people there and I have made some amazing friends. I love being in the sanctuary and being in the nature for Shabbat. I would like to do my part to help the camps to rebuild so more people can continue to enjoy them. Come by on your way in or out of Hebrew school on Sunday November 18th and Sunday December 2 from 8:45 - 12:15 and support me and support camp!
-Zoe Helphand