Pronounced cha-da-shoat: Means "news" in Hebrew
Week #2
July 5, 2013
Tammuz 27 5773
כ״ז בְּתָּמוּז תשע״ג


Shavua tov (good week) -


A little rain did not stop us from having another great week at Camp.  Campers enthusiastically jumped into their schedules and no doubt came home hot, sweaty, tired, and of course happy!


Camp Hilltop visitations begin next week as do Camp Shalom late stays and Camp Aaron overnights.  


Having your children at Camp is so awesome and we invite your input to make us even better.  Thanks to parent feedback over the years, we have expanded our lunch choices for all including those with food allergies.  We have made facility improvements such as the new nurses office, inflatables in the lake and added ropes course elements and we have strived to be as customer service friendly a camp as possible. We welcome your suggestions!


Enjoy your weekend and we will see you next week!


Shabbat Shalom   

aaron deena  

Aaron Greenberg                  Deena Sherman

Director                                 Associate Director

609-654-5192 x 100             609-654-5192 x102   

agreenberg@jfedsnj.org       dsherman@jfedsnj.org



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June being the wettest June on record, many lakes in Medford including ours were required to temporarily close for swimming due to excessive rain runoff through the woods.  We are approved to be open for fishing and boating and are testing the lake regularly.  We will allow children to swim and use the inflatables use once we receive the all clear.
Mitzvah: Ma'achil Re'evim (Feeding The Hungry)  
Friday, July 12th
Bring:  Canned and non perishable food, including pasta, peanut butter, cereal bars, granola bars, canned fruit and vegetables, soup, canned tuna, juice packs, cookies, crackers, applesauce, boxed macaroni and cheese, pretzels, snacks.  All food items will be donated to the Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantry
Or see below


This summer, the JCC Camps at Medford is pleased to welcome four shlichim (emissaries from Israel) to teach our campers and staff a love and understanding of Israel. They are fantastic and we hope your children get to know them.   Click here to find out more about them.


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Week two was HOT, HOT, HOT.....as our campers got acclimated in their new swim groups and looked so cute in their swim caps.
Kosher cooking was "Cooking up Friendships" where we enjoyed mixing and baking cookie dough and creating our own community by making people cookies.  Little Science was explosive, creating groovy lava lamps by mixing oil, water, food coloring and then dropping in pieces of Alka-Seltzer for a fancy glitter effect. What better way to celebrate Independence Day by decorating foam visors in Red, White & Blue!
At Gan Yeladim, Hilltoppers made puzzle pieces and then put them together to form one giant puzzle and as they worked together, they discussed how every piece fits no matter what shape or size the piece is.  In Arts and Crafts, we decorated felt and connected them to make a "community quilt." Music was moving and shaking to the beat of the "Hello Song" and "Shake My Sillies Out."  And in Nature, we were busy creating beautiful butterfly magnets. 
Next week we will welcome our Kefli and Shoresh families for visitation on Monday, July 8th and then our Geza/Elon families on Wednesday, July 10th!
Shabbat Shalom!

Hope Segal
Camp Hilltop Director
609-654-5192 x 110
Camp Hilltop was pleased to welcome Rabbi Benjamin David from Adath Emanuel who led our Shabbat today.  Rabbi David is a former JCC camper and his daughter, Noa now attends the JCC Camps at Medford!  One of many second and third generation campers! 
Auditions have started for our Camp Shalom production of "Lights, Camera, Camp."  This show will be rockin' the house on August 12th at the JCC in Cherry Hill.   Camp activities are now in full swing - In Sports, our campers are learning teamwork and honing their athletic abilities with much enthusiasm. Beach Newcomb continues to be a favorite at camp as campers have fun wiggling their toes in the sand.  Let's not forget Gaga, which is the all-time favorite sport to play at camp.  
In Cooking, campers made blueberry muffins and really enjoyed eating them!  They were yummy!  In Ceramics the campers created community chains, painting glass and ceramic beads.  In Arts and Crafts the campers learned about artist Yaakov Agam, and created a positive/negative painting design which was this particular artist's style.     
In Games the campers learned about Israeli geography by playing games that included places in Israel.  Mad Science was all about bubbles and creating them using the tabletop. 
Just a friendly reminder - Masada and Dimona have their late stay next week, July 9th.  
Shabbat Shalom-have a great weekend!
Elyse Neumann
Camp Shalom Director


(609) 654-5192 x 111

Camp Aaron kept the excitement going throughout our 2nd week of camp.  Our performing dance and theater majors are busy practicing for their Week 4 performance at the JCC on Wednesday, July 17th, 7 pm.  It's great to hear the campers singing songs from Once Upon a Mattress, Jr. in our amphitheater.  Our young stars are sure to impress their friends and families that night! 
Competitive sports teams have been chosen and the campers are excited to show their skills on the fields.  With all the heat generated around camp, everyone loves taking a dip in the Aaron pool and making a huge splash off our diving board and water slide!
Gilad campers are eagerly making plans for their overnight on Thursday, July 11th.  Lots of great activities will fill their evening with a special fun activity and s'more making.  It's a great opportunity for our youngest Camp Aaron campers to take part in this special Camp Aaron tradition.  Parents, please click here to download and print out the permission form and send it in to camp with your camper next week.
We can't wait to see everyone on Monday for another great week of Camp Aaron excitement!


Shabbat Shalom


Dina Greenblatt

Camp Aaron Director


609-654-5192 x112

We changed things up a bit in Chaverim this week. This week began with movies on Monday and a trip to Dave & Busters on Tuesday.  We were back on schedule seeing Grease at the Walnut Street Theater and we ended the week with a day at Sahara Sam's Water Park!

Things heat up next week with trips to Combat Sports Laser Tag, Great Adventure, Ocean City, Franklin Institute, and Baltimore Harbor!  We are even starting to think about our extended trip, week 4 to New England and Club Getaway - wow!
Shabbat Shalom
Corey Levin
Chaverim Director


Week two was packed with fun for the Gesher CITs.  We learned our "Skill of the Week" - Time Management and Organization. This skill highlights the importance of knowing your schedule and always keeping track of your campers. The CIT Staff have started to meet with each CIT individually to set goals for the summer, which they will refer to throughout the summer and use in our performance discussions. 


The rain  may have changed our plans but didn't ruin our fun! On Tuesday, we spent the day at Dave & Buster's, where we had a blast playing games and billiards.  


On Wednesday, the CIT staff held a workshop on Decision Making Skills, where we reviewed the seven key questions to ask yourself before making a decision.  We ended the week with a Shabbat program where Tal shared more about herself and her life in Israel.   


Next week brings our first Days of Caring and Sharing trip when some of our CITs will visit Lions Gate in Voorhees.  We will also spend Wednesday in Hurricane Harbor and are planning an exciting Shabbat program hosted by our Camp Shlichim.  


Reminder:  Food Drive Next Friday!


Shabbat Shalom - have a great weekend!


Melissa Leibowitz
Gesher CIT Director
609-654-5192 X109


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Week 3
Monday July 8
Kefli Visitation -11:40 am
Shoresh Visitation -1:05 pm

Tuesday July 9
Masada Dimona Late Stay

Wednesday July 10
Geza Elon Parent Visitation-1:05 pm

Thursday July 11
Gilad Overnight

Week 4
Tuesday July 16
Tisha B'Av

Wednesday July 17
Anaf/Bayit Parent Visitation-1:05 pm
Wednesday July 17
Camp Aaron Show - 7pm, Katz JCC Cherry Hill
Friday July 19
Carnival Day - All Camps

Week 5 
Israel Week

Tuesday July 23
Geza / Elon Divisional Party - 6:30-8pm
Wednesday July 24
Camp Aaron Israel Day

Wednesday July 24
Haifa & Eilat Latestay at Camp
Thursday July 25
Arad Overnight
Friday July 26 
Camp Hilltop and Camp Shalom Israel Day

Week 6 - Ruach (Spirit) Week
Tuesday July 30 
Anaf / Bayit Divisional Party - 6:30 - 8pm
Thursday Aug. 1
Jerusalem & Tel Aviv Latestay at Camp
Week 7
Tuesday Aug. 6
Camp Aaron Show - 7pm Katz JCC
Wednesday Aug. 7
Camp Hilltop Show - 7pm Katz JCC
Thursday Aug. 8
Tavor Overnight
Week 8
Monday Aug. 12
Camp Shalom Show - 7pm Katz JCC
Friday, Aug. 16
Last Dayof Camp - Camp ends 2 hours early

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