Chag Sameach!

  • Passover is one of my favorite Jewish holidays.  I love sharing the Pesach meal with family as we re-live the story of the Exodus bringing the Jews from Egypt.

    Passover also brings out, for me, the strength and values of our Camp Pembroke sisterhood. The Passover story reminds us what it is to be a Jewish woman: it recounts and celebrates the efforts of several very strong and committed women.

    We know that Pharaoh, fearing the arrival of a Jew who would overturn the Egyptian empire and bring his people to freedom, decreed death for newborn boys.  Remember that Yocheved, a Jewish woman, gave birth to a baby boy and committed to saving his life.  She had the courage of her convictions, and placed him in a basket which she floated down the Nile.  Miriam, the baby’s sister, bravely watched the basket through the reeds to be sure no harm came to her infant brother.  And Batya, the Pharaoh’s daughter, found the baby and brought him home to raise him.  She hired Yochaved, not realizing that she was Moses’ birth mother, as his caretaker.  Batya named him Moses, and Yocheved taught him about his Jewish heritage as he grew up.

    It is clear that there were some devoted and determined women involved in saving Moses and helping to prepare him for eventually leading his people out of Egypt to safety. Their commitment, nurturing and caring gave Moses strength; his fortitude, in turn, supported the bravery and wisdom with which he overcame obstacles and became a great leader.generations

    The goals that these women set for themselves, and the values that they exemplified, are the same values and goals that we try to teach and live by at Camp Pembroke.  We have helped strengthen the goals, values, and commitment of thousands of young Jewish women over the years – and we are extremely proud of who these women have become.

    As I prepare to spend time with my family at our Seder, I cannot help but think about all of the Camp Pembroke women, both campers and staff, who are teaching and learning these timeless Jewish values so that they can live their lives with pride and commitment.  I am so proud of all of them for their devotion and nurturing of the Camp Pembroke family; I know that we will continue to produce strong Jewish young women who, like the women in the Passover story, will go on to great accomplishments.

    I wish all of you a Happy and Healthy Passover, and want you to know how much I look forward to continuing to work and play together this summer and beyond.

    Ellen

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