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Habonim Dror Camp Moshava

Office: 6101 Executive Boulevard, Ste 319| North Bethesda, MD 20852 | Campsite: 615 Cherry Hill Road| Street, MD 21154 

Phone: (301) 348-7339 (office ) or (410) 893-7006 (camp) | Email: info@campmosh.org
 

SHABBAT AT MOSH

Shabbat is a camp-wide experience that everyone shares in preparing. One week, you might set the tables and decorate the dining hall. The next week, you might make challah for the whole camp, or write your own blessings to accompany traditional ones. We walk hand-in-hand to welcome in Shabbat and then listen to a story and sing Hebrew melodies as the sun sets. After a delicious Shabbat dinner, we gather for some spirited Israeli dancing.

Welcoming Shabbat: We welcome Shabbat by gathering to sing songs together. Then the Rosh (head of camp) leads everyone in a spiral as we sing Lo Yisa Goy. The Rosh tells a story before we all head to dinner.

Camper-Run Skit (oneg Shabbat): Each week, a different kvutzah (age group) puts on a show where kids choose which project they want to work on. They have the chance to write and star in a skit, choreograph a dance, sing a song, or do a creative "Project X" of their own design.

Israeli Dancing (rikud): Everyone loves dancing late into the evening on Fridays! We learn traditional circle dances, modern line dances, and even make up our own! No previous experience or skill needed - counselors and older campers teach and escort new campers throughout dances, and make sure everyone is included.

Jewish Learning: To begin Saturday morning on a peaceful note, everyone gathers for “ReJEWvination” - it’s where we learn about relevant themes from this week’s torah portion, practice meditation, do group yoga, and lots of singing! These activities use experiential education to explore where we find social justice values within Jewish tradition.

Shabbat Chugim (Special interest groups): Counselors run special discussions and activities on Saturday mornings. They can include topics from yoga and meditation to catching up on world events to writing poetry.

Zman Madatz: To make Shabbat even more special, the CITs (madatz) plan and run special games and activities for each age group. This is a way to bond with your peers and have a fun and restful experience.

Shabbat Carnival: Our Shabbat schedule is much more relaxed than the average day. There are multiple opportunities to choose activities to match different Shabbat vibes - relaxing in the pool, playing gaga, crafting in the melechet yad (arts and crafts building) or relaxing in the shade with a good book.

Asefa Klalit: Asefa Klalit is where democracy at camp comes to life! This town hall-style meeting brings all campers together to voice their opinions and have a say in what happens at camp. Campers chance to report back to everyone on how their week was and what their favorite activities were.

 

Camp families (mishpachot): We spend time on Shabbat with our camp families, which groups campers based on where they live. Mosh meets throughout the year in local chapters (the ken) and this is a time to get to know each other and get excited for all the fun things we’ll do while we’re counting down the days until next summer!

Musicale: During Musicale, campers have a chance to perform in front of the rest of camp - they can play an instrument, sing, or read poetry. It’s a fantastic opportunity to share musical and poetic passions in a warm and supportive environment.

 

Havdallah: Havdallah marks the end of Shabbat on Saturday night. During Havdallah, the entire camp comes together to sing the Havdallah songs, reflect, and listen to music. Sitting or lying down under the clear night sky is a beautiful way to welcome in the new week.  


Bonfire (medurah): Medurah is yet another wonderful chance for campers to showcase their talents or just be goofy! Any camper or group of campers can perform in front of the camp from to magic tricks to performing their own comedy routine.