By Loal C. Isaacs, Director of New Initiatives
Last week our URJ Camp Newman community felt a great loss. This week we felt a completely different loss. We are at a loss for words.
The overwhelming deluge of love, compassion and support has left us speechless.
A poem from a second grader, the proceeds from a campers lemonade stand, a letter from a Kindergartner oozing with limitless love and hope began coming in within an hour of the news breaking. Then waves of messages endlessly flooded into our phones, inboxes and front doors from all members of our local, national and international Newman Family. Messages of love from current campers, alumni, camp parents, Rabbis, educators, community partners, camp directors, vendors, and the list goes on and on. Each caring word, warm embrace, soulful song dedication, memorable post, and prolonged hand-hold, was a reminder of the power of camp and the power of our community of faith.
The barriers of distance and time faded away, and our Camp Newman Family was all in one place; all together as one. We were inspired and humbled to feel that unity. And as Shabbat arrives this week, we finally found our words, and there is only one thing we can say: Thank you.
The following is just a small sampling of ways our community has shown their support: