This past summer, Eisner Camp was blessed to have two counselors join us from Uganda: Yonatan and Samuel. Throughout their time with us, they shared many facets of life in their home community of Namatumba, from everyday activities to traditional dances. In getting to know them, our camp community wanted to find ways to demonstrate its support for these special young men and their Jewish community back home.
Campers and staff had the opportunity to participate in a 5K/10K around camp to celebrate this community. Campers were also able to donate their leftover Trip Day money to a fund that will now be used to conduct some maintenance and repairs to the synagogue in Namatumba. Finally, during Maccabiah, each team created mezzuzot and enough Shabbat candlesticks for nearly every Jewish home in Yonatan and Samuel’s community.
They just sent us these pictures, and now we’d like to share them with you! To learn more about Yonatan and Samuel’s community, you can check out our video from the summer.
When we light Shabbat candles this evening, we are reminded not only of the special moments we shared at camp but also how we are connected to Jews around the world. From Uganda to Great Barrington to your home, Shabbat Shalom!