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Summer 2012

Last day of camp

We kicked off the Playoffs and the Toilet Bowl Playoffs on Monday.  Up until the last day of the season, all 10 teams had a chance of making the playoffs. The teams were all evenly matched as the playoffs began. Everybody had a great time as we finished off the day with Team 7 set to play Team 9 for the Championship and Team 10 to play Team 6 for the Toilet Bowl. We took a night trip to 4 Seasons once again, and everybody had  a blast playing ultimate, soccer, football, basketball and swimming.

On Tuesday we had our Championship and Toilet Bowl games at Northwest Park. Some played ultimate or soccer, some came to cheer on their friends, but everyone came and had a great time. In the end, Rabbi Fried’s team won the Championship and Shmuley Saklad’s team won the toilet bowl. We had and end of the year BBQ at the park and everybody had a great time. After the BBQ, Camp Sports set a new world record as we took 2 busses, 5 vans, and 4 cars to 7 different 7Elevens throughout Baltimore and every camper got a Slurpee. 100 Slurpees in less than a half hour, new world record.

We returned to camp the end of the year banquet and video. Many campers recieved learning awards for their extraordinary efforts throughought the month and every camper recieved a brand new 2012 NCSY Camp Sports camp T-Shirt.  It has been an awesome summer and everybody is very sad to go home.

Final Shabbos, Tisha B’Av

Shabbos began with a bang Friday night as David Block, who was visiting, davened Kaballas Shabbos and gave the speech before Maariv. After the Friday night meal, which included lots of good shtik, the Fried family hosted an Oneg filled with singing, Divrei Torah, and great snacks. After that Oneg, there was a surprise Oneg in the dorms led by Meir Preis which included even more delicious food, including deli roll and potato kugel, and there was singing late into the night.

After an inspiring davening and another fun shtik filled Shabbos day meal, we had much needed Shabbos afternoon rest. We davened Mincha and then Rabbi Fried and Rabbi Green gave important speeches about the importance of learning. We then headed to the Dining Room for shaleshudes and pre-fast meal time. We ate and ate in order to be ready for the fast of Tisha B’Av, which actually fell on Shabbos this year, but because of the importance of Shabbos was pushed off until Saturday night/Sunday. The fast began while it was still Shabbos and it was an incredibly serious atmoshphere for our final ebbing and the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, Tisha B’Av. We talked about the meaning of Shabbos and Tisha B’Av while singing inspiring songs to get us in the right mindset.

We then went to the Shul, removed our leather shoes, sat on the floor as we davened Maariv and read Megillat Eichah. Rabbi Green spoke about what the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash has to do with us and we tried to feel the pain and suffering which has been with our ancestors for generations. After we finished Kinnos and Maariv, Rabbi Cooper gave a shiur pointing out the curses in the Torah and showing us the terrible things that G-d told us would happen when we stray from Him.

The next morning, we began the Tisha B’Av service at 9AM. Rabbi Green, Rabbi Cooper, Rabbi Fried, Rabbi Wex, Rabbi Paretzky, Rabbi Wiener, Rabbi Yaemans, Meir Preis, Dovid Kimche, and David Block gave inspiring insights into the particular Kinnos which we said and there was much to be gained by all. The afternoon was reserved for taking it easy and not doing too much strenuous activity on this hot, fast day. At 6PM we watched some inspiring videos to get a better understanding of what the day of Tisha B’Av is all about and we heard an inspiring story on the power of starting something and doing small pieces of it daily. After the fast ended at 9:07, we heard Havdalah and headed to the Dining Room to eat for the first time all day. The camp got everyone Dunkin Donuts as well, and the light were turned on in the basketball courts and sports fields for some late night balling. It was a draining, inspiring weekend, and we look forward to an exciting, fun final week of camp.

Thursday 7/26

On Thursday we took our annual trip to Washington D.C. Because it was two days before Tisha B’Av, we all went to the National Holocaust Museum in order to try to get into the right mindset. It was very meaningful to take a visual tour of the horrific destruction of European Jewry, only a few days before the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. From there we were free to go with an advisor and explore any part of the United States’ Capital that we wished, including the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museums on the D.C. Mall. We all met up at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at  5:30 and then we headed back to camp.

When we returned, we had our final Mishmar of the summer with an amazing nearly 100% attendance to the optional event. The Beis Medrash was filled with campers teaming with advisors for an exciting, fun filled, learning experience. Many prizes were raffled off for our final Mishmar and Asaf Gadasi won our grand prize, an electric motor bike. We capped off the fun filled day with a late night Kugel snack to close out our final Mishmar.

Rabbi Green Letter to Parents Jul 27th, 2012

Dear NCSY Camp Sports Parents,
            I hope you are doing well and are enjoying the dog days of summer. Here at NCSY Camp Sports we are doing our best to keep the days filled with meaning and fun.  As we close in on the last week of camp, friendships have grown, sports have become more intense and we are doing our best to prepare for an intense last week of camp.
                          Last Shabbos we had an amazing and epic experience. We had two alumni come with their families and they added a lot to our experience. Ari Kahn, a member of the NCSY summer program board and a Harvard Law School graduate (which makes him an alumnus of two prestigious institutions) spoke Friday night and led our Oneg. He shared some great camp stories and a lot of inspirations about former campers and how they succeeded in life. On Shabbos and Friday Night we joined together during the meal for some shtick with another camp here on campus, Or Haner, which is a camp for about 50 boys from Central and South America I think this was a greta experience for both camps.  On Shabbos Rabbi Cooper shared some inspirational words about Nick Walenda and his famous predecessor The Great Felipe. Feel free to ask your son if he would cross Niagra Falls on a tightrope. On Saturday Night we once again went bowling and everyone had a blast.
                       Sunday Morning Jeremy Lavitt, our second alumnus who came for Shabbos gave an amazing class about comparative religion. The NCSYers asked some great questions. He also shared a few stories about camp. Both Jeremy and Ari gave the NCSYers a great feeling of what it means to be in CampSports and how we as a unit will always be there for you, if you ever need any help.
                      Sunday night we had a 3 on 3 basketball tournament which followed a day of sports. The tournament is set up in a way that all teams need to have kids of all ages on their team. Monday was another day of sports and at night we finished the 3 on 3 contest as well as the free throw contest.  Congratulations to Yehuda Spero and Kevin Rhine on winning the free throw contest and Daniel Jager, Yehuda Rosenberg and Moshe Ostriker on winning the 3 on 3 contest
                      On Tuesday we went to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for an epic scavenger hunt. After the hunt everyone met at historic Federal Hill for a siyum and Barbecue dinner. Mazel Tov to Yonah Okin and Benjy Weil, who each made a siyum on a seder of mishnayos. Benjy was lucky to have his father and younger brother join us for the siyum. After the siyum we all walked to Camden  Yards to watch the O’s take on the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to the game each NCSYer was assigned a random player from the active roster and when their player did something special (i.e. stole a base, hit a home run) they received a prize. Unfortunately it was a great pitchers duel and not many prizes were awarded, but we did see a great game.
                                    On Wednesday morning Rabbi Weil, transformed from proud father of Benjy to the Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union and gave a meaningful class to all the NCSYers in preparation of Tisha Bav. He spoke about some of the kinnos and the Holocaust, especially the effect it has on the survivors.  Everyone benefitted from his words of wisdom and I wanted to thank him for taking time out of his very busy schedule to join us. I also wanted to let you know that you can watch Rabbi Weil on Tisha B’Av as he goes through the kinnos. He is a knowledgeable and wonderful speaker and I am sure you will enjoy his elucidations. Log onto and you can see the specific times and how to watch live.
                   On Wednesday we had a great day of sports. As we get closer to playoffs in camp the games get a little more intense as playoff spots are on the line. I must tell you that all the NCSYers have displayed wonderful derech eretz and self control, and I will tell you as I told them, it should make everyone (including themselves) very proud. As of now the last 6 teams are divided by only two points in the standings, which means everyone can still make it to the championship with but one game left to play.
                On Thursday after a great morning of learning and a short speech from Rabbi Menachem Goldberger, a local rabbi and the person who wrote the tune we sing weekly to lecha dodi each week we headed to Washington, D.C. We first went to the Holocaust Museum as a reminder about one of the aspects of tragedy that is commemorated on Tisha B’Av, and then went to the Mall to visit the Smithsonian Museums. On Thursday night we had a late night mishmar and weekly raffle, we even raffled off a Razor mini electric motorcycle!
                 This Shabbos, even though it is the actual date of the ninth of Av, we are instructed not to mourn on Shabbos and will do our best to make it a ruach filled Shabbos. We will then transition to a meaningful fast day followed by playoffs in sports, a second trip to Four Seasons a closing banquet and more. I will fill you in on all that happened as soon as the NCSYers head home. I know teenage boys are not known to be great communicators, so this may help.
Thank you very much for trusting us with your son. You can look forward to his return this week, probably with a hug, some stories, a good tan and a lot of laundry.
Have wonderful shabbos and a meaningful fast,
Rabbi Jon Green

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7/25 Update

We started the week off on Sunday and Monday with four more league games as the regular season nears the end. Every team still has a shot at the playoffs and are all within a few games of each other. The Chai Lifeline free throw and frisbee competition came to a close this week and we were able to raise $700+. David Spero won the free throw competition and David Kornbluth and Eric Sturm tied in the frisbee competition as they were able to throw the frisbee through a camp van an impressive 4/10. The 3 on 3 basketball tournament also finished up this week with the team of Daniel Jager, Yehuda Rosenberg,and Moshe Ostriker champions.

On Tuesday we took a trip to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for an exciting scavenger hunt throughout the city of Baltimore. At 5:30 we met on top of Federal Hill where Yoni Okin made a Siyum on Mishnayos Seder Nezikin and Benjy Weil made a Siyum on Mishnayos Seder Moed. Because we are in the 9 Days of Mourning leading up to Tisha B’Av, we are forbidden to eat meat, but because of these incredible accomplishments of finishing a portion of Torah, we are permitted to eat meat and the camp treated us to a delicious BBQ. After the BBQ we made our way to Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles- Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. In a very well pitched game, the Orioles lost 3-1. When we got back to Camp, everyone brought in their items, pictures, and videos they acquired throughout the scavenger hunt and later in the week there will be a vote on the winners of the hunt.

Rabbi Green Letter to Parents

Dear NCSY Camp Sports Parents,

I hope you are doing well. Here at camp we are pretty exhausted from another great week and I would love to share some high lights with you.

Last Shabbos was the first that we had together with the whole camp and it was a spiritual Shabbos and a bonding experience for all the campers. It was filled with dancing, an oneg, great meals and an opportunity for everyone to catch up on some sleep. As Shabbos was ending we all came together to sing and hear words of encouragement about helping each other out in all we do. Not only does this help the other person but it helps you as well. After Havdala we went bowling and had pizza. After that late night, wake up was an hour later on Sunday.

During the week we had intense sports, but I am very proud of all the NCSYers for keeping their cool on some very hot days. Each team plays hard, but as I told them at the beginning of the summer, if you take out the ties, for all the games, it  is guaranteed that one team will lose. We made sure to remind them often to drink and to wear sunscreen.

On Monday we went on a trip to a 3 level laser tag, as well as batting cages and bumper cars with a basketball net. Once we had finished with laser tag, we left Hanover PA (home of UTZ and Snyders chips and pretzels) and headed to York PA, to watch the York Revolution minor league baseball team take on the team from Bridgeport. Before the game,  40 NCSYers got to play wiffle ball on the outfield grass, and had a blast doing that. I hope we did not do anything to the field when we played, because by the third inning the Revolution were losing 7-0, and lost the game 13-3. Even though the home team lost, everyone had fun and enjoyed a very scrumptious mid game barbecue.

On Wednesday most of the NCSYers went on a 3 mile water tubing trip near Gunpowder Falls in Monkton, Maryland. It was a very hot day and everyone enjoyed the cool water and hanging out with their friends. A smaller group of NCSYers went biking on the path next to the water but went almost 30 miles instead of the  three miles that the tubers trail took them. The bikers made it all the way to New Freedom, Pennsylvania and stopped off at a Rutters convenience store to refuel for the trip back. What was amazing, is that a thunder storm hit the NCSYers while they were biking but did not get the tubers, it missed them by a mere 5 miles.  Both groups came back very wet.

On Wednesday night we had a special class that dealt with the transmission of Oral Law in Judaism. It culminated with a reading of a list of rabbis and who taught them and who they taught from Moshe until today. This was a very graphic showing of how the oral law has been transmitted all the way down to us.  This afforded us an opportunity to discuss the death of Rav Elyashiv, one of the leading rabbis of our generation, and how that loss makes a difference to us as he was a link in that chain.

On Thursday after a great day of sports we had a fundraiser for Chai Lifeline and raised over $5oo with a free throw shooting and Frisbee skills contest. A big thanks to our advisors Eli Weinstein and Eric Sturm for organizing these fundraisers. Chai Lifeline is a wonderful organization that helps children with illnesses and their families. The NCSYers went all out to give what they could for this worthy organization.

At Thursday Mishmar  we served kugel after a great night or extra learning and our weekly raffle. This week’s raffle featured a lot of food, York Revolution apparel, a device that turns anything into a speaker and much more. After the raffle we served kugel to help kick off a program that Rabbi Wexler introduced before mishmar. We called it the “No Google, just Koogle” campaign, to have as many members of the Camp Sports family, campers and all staff turn off their cell phones Friday at Shacharis and to keep them off until bowling after shabbos. They will be able to get their phones back from 5-6 to call you before Shabbos. Many NCSYers took up the challenge and I hope they can learn many lessons from this experience. You can find the videos we showed to introduce the concept in these two places. The first features many alumni as dancers in this video,

This second video is about turning of the phone for the day for a program called “day to disconnect” that was organized last year. I hope you enjoy them

On Friday we had Zaq Harrison come into camp to discuss the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympics killing. He spoke to all the NCSYers  and ran a program with NCSYers breaking up into groups with the advisors to facilitate discussions on wat we can learn from this tragedy.

I look forward to another great shabbos  here in camp and I will fill you in next Friday, about all that happens this coming week.

Thank you for trusting us with your son,

Rabbi Jon Green

Shabbos- Adam Jampel

This past Shabbos was an extremely fun Shabbos. We had many Camp Sports alumni visit including Ari Kahn, Jeremy Lavitt, and Jason Weinblatt. During Friday night dinner, Ohr HaNer, the camp from Central America also living on campus for the month, joined us for some fun Shtick. After dinner, we had a legendary Oneg led by Ari Kahn. Lunch the next day was also memorable, as many funny things happened including Rabbi Green’s weekly birthday cake giveout. A relaxing free time followed, and after Mincha Rabbi Green gave a shiur about boy and girl relationships. After Shaleshudes, the third Shabbos meal, we had an inspirational “ebbing” filled with singing and words of  inspiration as Shabbos ebbed away. After Shabbos was over, we we went bowling and returned to camp to a pizza dinner as we look forward to another great week.

– Adam Jampel

Thursday- Shaun Regenbaum

Today was the last day before the nine days. We played leagues on another 100 degree day, and made sure to do our laundry. Of the campers who have been showing up to davening on time, a few lucky winners were chosen to go to Rabbi Cooper’s friend’s pool for a final pre-nine days pool party. Between Mincha and Maariv, we kicked off our annual free throw shooting contest for charity, and this year we introduced a new frisbee throwing competition. It was $5 to enter the frisbee contest and $10 to enter the free throw shooting contest with all proceeds going to Chai Lifeline. Rabbi Wexler gave a short night shiur/video explaining the value of disconnecting from our  cell phones in order to have more meaningful lives, and tomorrow morning many of us are going to turn in our cell phones for a day. We had another exciting thursday night Mishmar, with many prizes, and I won a kosherlamp (even though I already have one.) Afterward, we had a tasty kugel buffet as we get ready to head into Shabbos.

-Shaun Regenbaum

Tuesday, Wednesday

On Tuesday we played another exciting day of leagues. It was extremely hot and everyone fatigued very quickly. We went swimming between mincha and maariv and afterwards Rabbi Cooper gave an interesting interactive night shiur.

Today, because of the heat, the camp decided to take us tubing/biking. Only 7 campers were brave enough to choose the 32 mile bike trail and the rain made for a memorable experience. The rest of the camp went on a relaxing and refreshing tubing trip to help us recharge for more leagues.