Other Weeks, Other Traditions

It’s easy for me to think that Silver Bay exists in limbo for 51 weeks and only really materializes during the third week in July, but I know it’s there all the time, serving all kinds of groups and families, many of whom have as strong an attachment to the place as we do.

Here, for an example, is a group you may not have considered: For five days of Chanukah, in 2006, more than fifty Jewish girls, ages 9-15, gathered for a winter retreat at Silver Bay, a joint project of YALDAH Magazine and Bat Mitzvah Camp & Club of the Capital District, both of whom serve pre-teen and teenage Jewish girls. The girls and their leaders came from New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia and Ontario.


Shown above in The Store, Rabbi Benny Rappaport, of the Jewish Discovery Center in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, taught girls how to make braided Havdalah candles, used in the ceremony that marks the end of the Shabbat (Sabbath) and ushers in the new week.

You can read the whole article here. Mazel tov!


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