Summer fun awaits (online!) at Machaneh Mirowitz (Camp Mirowitz)!
4 one-week sessions:
- June 8-12
- June 15-19
- June 22-26
- June 29-July 3
What are the goals of Machaneh Mirowitz (Camp Mirowitz):
• To allow your children to stay close with their classmates during the summer months.
• To give the first month of summer a bit of healthy structure and routine.
• To give our middle schoolers opportunities for leadership.
What will my elementary-age child’s day look like:
We’ll start each day as a community (just like during the school year), and then break into groups for age-appropriate fun. At 9:30, your child will enter a Zoom room with others the same age. A Mirowitz alum counselor will stay in the Zoom room, and specialists will enter the room to lead 25 minute activities with a break between each one.
9 a.m. Machaneh Mirowitz Flagpole
9:30-9:55: Activity 1
10-10:25: Activity 2
10:30-10:55: Activity 3
11 – 11:25: Activity 4
11:30-noon: Activity 5
Noon-1: Lunch Break
1-1:30: Afternoon “bunk” activity planned by Middle Schoolers
We have hired awesome Mirowitz alumni and Mirowitz-y young adults as “Moomchim” (specialists) who will rotate into your child’s Zoom room throughout the morning:
Israeli Fun: Michelle Bennett and Tamar Lerner
STEAM: Levi Dyson
Drama/Dance: Karyn Lisker
Crafts: Hannah Prass
Movement: Maya Zuckerman
What will my Middle School child’s day look like?
9 a.m. Machaneh Mirowitz Flagpole
9:30 – 10:30: Leadership Development. Middle Schoolers will explore their assets and how to tap into them for success. We will explore the characteristics of a strong leader, take leadership style assessments, learn (and play) new ice breaker games, and create programming for the younger campers and be “assistant” counselors every afternoon.
10:45-12: Chug Time led by expert teachers.
– Josh Scharff, a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College, will teach about Israeli music, cooking, and take kids on “field trips” throughout Jerusalem. Josh is also a former college baseball player, and will incorporate movement into the week.
– Kalix Jacobson, a cantorial student at HUC, will teach song writing, music video production, drama and more.
– Rebecca Bloom will lead bunk time: camp games, songs, movement, crafts and more.
12-1: Break for lunch
1-1:30: Execute activities for younger campers.
What about Fridays?
Each Friday, we’ll have a Yom ShiShi Challenge
A challenge will be posted each Friday morning at 9 a.m. and campers have 4 hours to complete it. We will gather for Kabbalat Shabbat and to share our creations at 1 p.m.
Why is the program on Zoom?
We heard from many parents that their children crave interaction. Children may step away from the computer if they need a break, and their group, counselors and activities will be waiting for them when they return.
How many campers will be in my child’s camp group?
We would like to have at least 10 campers, but no more than 15 per camp group.
We opened the camp to Mirowitz families first. Beginning tomorrow, we will open it up to the community, and you may invite your child’s non-Mirowitz friends to join!
Why the fee? Machaneh Mirowitz is not a revenue source for the school. We are offering the program at your request, and the $100 fee will cover the cost of staffing and supplies. Please let us know if the fee presents a barrier for your child.
Do I have to sign up for all 4 weeks now? Nope! You can definitely give the program a try and see how your child likes it. Know, though, that we are limiting each age group to 15 campers to ensure that the program is meaningful for everyone.
Hear more about the program from the director, Rebecca Bloom, here.
What other questions do you have? Rebecca has answers! You can reach her here.
Sounds great! Sign me up!
You can register here. You won’t be disappointed!
Meet the Director:
My name is Rebecca Bloom, and I am so excited to be directing Machaneh Mirowitz this summer! It’s great to be back at the school where I grew up…and to bring with me 14 years of Jewish summer camp experience, 6 of them as a staff member and songleader.
I recently graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Jewish Studies and Media-Advertising and was set to be a unit director at my camp (URJ’s Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute) this summer…but Covid! I know you can relate! But there are silver linings, and mine is the opportunity to create something special for your children.
I am busy putting together a meaningful program with a team of energetic Mirowitz alumni and other Mirowitz-y young adult leaders to spend their days (remotely) with your children. You will not be disappointed!
I look forward to meeting your children and hopefully you, too!