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#CampDayNeverStops: Brawerman Celebrates Tu BiSh;vat at Annual Camp Day

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On January 23, 2019, the entire Brawerman Elementary School community came together for another exciting and joyful annual Tu BiSh’vat celebration. Traditionally held at Camp Hess Kramer, this year’s event took place at Tumbleweed camp in the Santa Monica Mountains. Determined to maintain the Camp Hess Kramer spirit despite the relocation, Brawerman East and West students proudly wore their customized WBT Camps T-shirts to “bring out the sun” and create a spirited, “campy” feel. Together, they embodied the mantra, #KramerNeverStops. 

The recent Malibu fires might have destroyed some trees, but the celebration of trees never stops.

Sponsored by the Brawerman Parent Association, the entire Brawerman Elementary School community came together in January for another exciting and joyful annual Tu BiSh’vat celebration. Forced out of  Camp Hess Kramer, which suffered from the fires, this year’s event took place at Tumbleweed camp in the Santa Monica Mountains. But the Camp Hess Kramer spirit persevered.

Brawerman East and West students proudly wore their customized WBT Camps T-shirts to “bring out the sun” and create a spirited, “campy” feel. Our community embodied the mantra, #KramerNeverStops.

Tu BiSh’vat, or the “Jewish New Year of the trees,” originated as an ancient agricultural festival and is celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Shevat. Today, many Jews celebrate the holiday by hosting a Tu BiSh’vat seder or by planting trees in Israel in honor of loved ones.

“This holiday honoring the trees has always provided the perfect opportunity for Brawerman students to enjoy the outdoors and experience the soul of WBT Camps while surrounded by natural beauty,” said Rabbi Elissa Ben-Naim, Director of Jewish Life and Learning for Brawerman West. “For years, our Brawerman kehillah has enjoyed the Jewish holiday of Tu BiSh’vat out in nature. This year’s day of experiential learning was a magnificent opportunity to strengthen our East/West connection while enjoying less structured time bonding with educators.”

The Tu BiSh’vat activities led by WBT clergy taught students about the significance of the new year for the trees. Tai Poznanski and Noam Yosefi, Brawerman’s visiting volunteers from Israel, helped students experience traditions that mark the holiday in Israel. And surrounded by trees, WBT Camps Rabbi David Eshel and Assistant Director Ari Kaplan led the community in a camp-style t’filah filled with ruach.

The camp day schedule also provided time for students to enjoy the ropes course and rock wall, play Gaga, tackle the inflatable obstacle course, try their hand at archery, and explore other camp-style activities led by faculty from both campuses.

The entire Brawerman community emerged refreshed and reenergized after a special day connecting to nature and camp traditions.

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