Written by Shirah Kraus
Juice: Stefanie, our camper-care intern is new to GUCI and just arrived at camp. She says “This past week has been a wonderful whirlwind of new places, people, and traditions! While this was my first week at GUCI, the camper interactions that I love so much luckily remain the same. Earlier today I was helping pack up our Taste campers who only stay for two weeks. One camper finished packing early but refused to help his cabin mates clean. He told me he was upset he missed the nail painting mini chug so we made a deal: if he helped clean I would paint his nails. For the next hour the camper was sweeping, organizing, and helping his friends pack. He kept up his end of the bargain beautifully, so I kept mine. We had a wonderful time painting each other’s nails and a smile never left his face!”
Spice: After an incredible second week of camp, we take a moment to appreciate the amazing relationships we are building here. Last night, Rabbi Rapport (The Temple in Louisville,KY), told a campfire story about two feuding siblings who wanted to build a wall. Instead, a mysterious traveler built for them a bridge, leading them to reconnect and embrace each other. May we all strive to be bridge-builders—to welcome new community members, reach out to outsiders, and make peace where there is fighting. May the one who creates peace on high bring peace to us, to all Israel, and to all who inhabit the earth. Amen.
Fire: Jimmy, our veteran tractor-driving maintenance chief, is looking forward to a new crew of Avodahniks who will work with him the next two weeks.