By Lauren Chizner, Limud Director
Originally appeared on the URJ Crane Lake Camp Blog, July 25, 2017
Our Crane Lake Camp Mission Statement quotes a verse from Pirkei Avot, “You are not required to complete the work, nor are you free to ignore it.” Upper Bonim campers have taken this mission to heart, spending first session learning about the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world. By running a Tzedakah Fair for the Crane Lake community, our campers learned that they have the ability to make a positive difference in the world on issues that matter.
We began by understanding the meaning of Tzedakah, its roots in Torah and agriculture and how giving Tzedakah is both a commandment and a form of social justice. Our campers had the opportunity to meet faculty members, staff members, and camp board members who are passionate about giving. They shared their stories of giving, including how they choose where they give both their time and money. Our campers then shared with one another some of their own strongest memories about giving Tzedakah and the values that help them make decisions about what causes they like to support.