VTS Day 3: A visit to Masada, a DIY wailing wall gets built and ice cream…

Our VTS kids were busy today.  First an early morning walk to the top of Masada, then off to an archaeological dig for ancient relics, then more work on the wailing wall.  An then some ice cream to cool off.  Just another fun day at VTS 2012.

The campers also learned about the Dead Sea, by putting eggs into fresh water and into salt water. They saw for themselves how things that normally sink in fresh water will float in salt water.

Shabbat Alive this Friday: See crafts from VTS and Hear the Kids Sing!

Just wanted to provide you with a few updates.  The kids are having a great week at Vacation Torah School camp.  I was there this morning and lead a tour up Masada!
We have many fun activities planned all week long.

Cantor Jennifer Rolnick is coming by camp on Friday to teach the campers a couple songs they will help lead for the Shabbat Alive service this Friday night 7:00pm August 10, oneg to follow. Jennifer leads an incredible musical service.  It is something not to be missed.

Also, you will get a chance to see some of the wonderful crafts the kids have been working on all week and see how we’ve transformed the social hall for our Journey to Israel.

Nice comment to pass along…

I came to folk dancing last night and met my fellow dancers.  We were all very taken by the transformation of the social hall into a flight to Israel. 
More than one person took photos of the HUGE map and remarked on the wall murals.  Anyway, I came home and thought what a lovely, thoughtful job someone(s) had done.  Makes you want to take that journey!

VTS Day 2: Another Day, Another Journey

After arriving in Israel yesterday, our intrepid group continued their journey.  Today, they completed working on their shirts, built a replica of the wailing wail out of paper mache, explored more of israel, made pita pizza, sang songs, played more ga ga, danced and so much more.

The younger campers have been playing mees-khah-keem (games) such as  ohr ah-dohm / ohr yah-rohk (red light/ green light) and hokie pokie with hebrew body parts as well as Ga Ga. We also built a mish-kahn (temple) out of legos and then destroyed it except for the kotel (western wall) before we built the kotel in the social hall.

The campers have also been watching and discussing Shalom Sesame which is a combination of Rachov Sumsum and Sesame Street.  Our American campers are learning hebrew while our Israeli campers (we have two) are learning English.

VTS Day 1: We’re Off to Israel!

The first day of Vacation Torah School was a great success!

The children were issued their tickets and passports. While the children waited in the “Departure Lounge” they sang songs. Once the everyone found their seats on the plane, we took off from IAH and headed to Israel where we landed at Ben Gurion Airport.

Today’s activities included learning about Israel by visiting Tel Aviv, making tie dye t-shirts, playing games, learning Hebrew, eating Pita and Chocolate (Pita im Shokolad), asking for them in Hebrew and Israeli dodge ball (Ga Ga).

Thank you to the parents for coming out to support the programming. Thanks to all our volunteers who made this event a success.

Welcome to Vacation Torah School 2012

Congregation Shaar Hashalom
invites your children to experience

Vacation Torah School

August 6th-10th, 2012 (M-F) 9:00am to 12:00pm

Join us for a week of Israeli games, crafts, cooking, dancing, songs, and more fun as we embark on a wonderful

“TRIP TO ISRAEL - Where Every Day is a Different Journey.”

Not a member of Congregation Shaar Hashalom?  No problem. All jewish children from the Houston Bay Area are welcome.

  • Ages: Pre-K to 7th grade
  • Fee: $125 for the first child, $50 for each additional child*
  • Location: Congregation Shaar Hashalom
  • Registration fees include Camp T-shirts, Snacks and Materials.

To download the registration form, click here: VTS-CSH 2012 Registration Form

Deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 31st.

For more information, contact the synagogue office during business hours at 281.488.5861.

This website is sponsored by Congregation Shaar Hashalom in Clear Lake City Texas.