Performances included singing songs, playing an instrument, doing a dance, or even just blowing one note on a recorder. The audience – kids, siblings, parents, staff, guests – all took enormous delight with each performance.
After the talent show – there was a pajama party for the kids and a wine reception for the parents. These are, for the most part, parents who are rarely, if ever, able to hire a baby-sitter; one of the great benefits of this weekend is our 1:1 staff-camper ratio gives them much needed respite. As one dad told us: “I actually took a nap today. I can’t remember the last time I was able to just take a nap.”
Our staff consists of adults and teens from a variety of backgrounds. Several Jewish LearningWorks staff (present and past) VOLUNTEER and we also rely on Sonoma State students– which means a ton of youthful energy. We had some teen volunteers and seasoned volunteers as well as some experts brought in to lead workshops for parents (e.g., speech pathology, financial planning, etc). Rabbi Rick Winer (Fresno) was our designated spiritual leader, along with his wife, educator Rabbi Laura Novak-Winer and their son Max Winer who was our Song leader. Rabbi Meredith Cahn and Reb Irwin, former Family Camp Spiritual leaders, as well as Dance Specialist Bruce Bierman also joined us. David Neufeld was there, of course; we contract the wonderful Cheryl Cohen, an East Bay educator, to direct the camp.