We began our summer in Yahadut (Judaic Studies) by exploring the meaning of the word Yetzirah (creation). Writing their thoughts on post-it notes, the hanichim (campers) in Garinim and Nitzanim finished the sentence “When I hear the word yetzirah, I think of ___.” Their ideas included imagination, creativity, G-d creating the world, collaboration, building with legos or other materials, art, music, and more.
All three age groups took a deeper dive into the Briyah (Creation story). After acting out the story of Creation, Shorashim worked in small groups to illustrate what G-d created on each day.
Garinim broke into small groups to creatively represent each day of Creation. While some groups wrote poems or short stories that incorporated facts about what G-d created on each day, others chose to mime or create a skit to depict their day.
Here is one of Garinim’s creation skits:
In Nitzanim the hanichim (campers) read the text of the Briyah (Creation story) together. They then worked in hevruta (partner study) to look for textual clues that would signal when G-d finished creating one day and began the next.