Dear Tavor Community,
Many of us practice the ritual of removing drops of wine from our cup during the Seder to remind of us of enduring injustice and our responsibility to center the experiences of all oppressed peoples in our observations of Pesach. I love how Pesach challenges us to complicate the joy of our liberation and freedom with acknowledging continued injustice and working toward the liberation of all people.
In many ways, Camp Tavor channels this same duality: Tavor tzevet (staff) cultivate a culture of abundant joy and liberation through our youth-led exploration, adventure, playfulness, and pool dance-parties. We also ask our campers to consider complex questions and to work together to make our camp community and the greater world a more just and peaceful place.
This summer, we look forward to integrating learning from our regional and local partners and their social justice work. Our Kadima chanichimot will travel to Detroit to learn about and support food justice efforts, and we plan to expand our “Tikkun Olam” program from a one day service-learning project to a series of workshops through which our chanichimot will learn about a social issue and contribute to a local organization’s work.
I’m proud that Camp Tavor is exploring new ways to bring the lessons of Pesach into our summer programming and, together with this summer’s amazing Mazkirut, wish you and your family an enriching and meaningful Pesach.
Amit Weitzer, Executive Director