Wow – what an amazing day of sharing, learning, and fun! In between swimming, boating, sports, an egg drop team challenge and more, we expanded our knowledge about Islam and Judaism by observing Muslim Friday (Jumu’ah) prayers and some Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) prayers. We had the incredible opportunity to respectfully watch our Muslim campers and counselors during Jumu’ah prayers which was held a long side a waterfall in the woods near camp. It was an amazing setting (although the stream was quite low) in which to see our friends pray, and then have a chance to ask them questions. The Muslim campers and counselors explained all the steps as they prepared for prayer as well as what they did and said during the prayers. We also had the chance to learn more about Judaism. In the morning, we all baked challah, the bread eaten on Sabbath. We each made our own challah (with special additions of chocolate chips, raisins, cinnamon and oreos!) which we enjoyed during Shabbat dinner later that night. After showering and putting on clean clothes, we got in the spirit by listening to one of our campers play a Shabbat song on his violin! Then our Jewish campers welcomed Shabbat by doing the blessings over the candles, wine, handwashing, and challah. They answered questions from campers as we ate a delicious meal of chicken, rice, vegetables and chocolate cake, which was specially prepared for Kids4Peace and which we enjoyed together as a group, rather than in the dining hall with the rest of camp. Our day ended with the Kids4Peace Camper and Staff talent show. From card tricks, singing, dancing, motivational speaking, joke-telling and other hilarity, this was an event not to be missed! Tomorrow is our last full day of camp – which is hard to believe.
Check out some photos from the day HERE!