Saturday is Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, and we spent our day today in and around our Boston residence. It was one of the hottest days yet, and lucky for us we spent a full morning in the pool! There was water basketball, swimming, jumping off the high dive boards–even an impromptu diving lesson!
Afterward, the kids participated in an activity focused on stories and perception. Each group was given a series of images and asked to figure out the story they tell, and then relay it to the group without showing the images. As it turned out, all of the images were interconnected, telling one larger story. The kids picked up on this very quickly, and the activity sparked one of the most introspective dialogues about stories–hearing one part of the story versus the whole, how it may be difficult to understand one person’s position or perspective (and easy to judge) if one does not know the whole picture of that person’s story, and if certain pieces are missing from the whole, does that mean the story the parts tell are any less “right”?
After an activity so rich with insight, we needed some time to enjoy the space and play around outside and in. One of the founding Rabbis of Kids4Peace Boston, joined us after lunch for some team challenges, and music/rhythm making with various instruments! Following a rousing jam session, the staff decided on our own set of activities similar to ones the kids would have experienced at camp–soccer, basketball, improv acting, beat-boxing, arts & crafts and yoga(!)–and allowed them to sign up for two blocks.
The day concluded with full bellies, and more large group games outside as the sun set. When the first stars appeared, our Jewish participants brought in the new week and bid the Sabbath farewell with a traditional Havdallah ceremony on the field.