The Bench Carried by Three: a Limerick

The Bench Carried by Three: a Limerick

By Reuven Deray

I am made of strong wood and steel
And have quite a splintery feel
I’m older than you
And your father too
More heavy than would be ideal

All summer I am stored away
Just waiting to hear someone say
The time has arrived
Let’s hope it survived
We need the old bench for a play

There never was, never will be
A play being done without me
And all the staff know
I’m star of the show
The bench that is carried by three

And though all the years that I’ve been
Are starting to show on my skin
The boards are quite old
I’ll never be sold
What’s left of my paint is quite thin

Still I will always be there
Yes me the old long rotten chair
I’ll never be done
It’s always such fun
Although I’m in bad disrepair

Tanya’s play:

Chumash’s play:

Tehillim’s play:

More BOG War!!

cginewyorkWe had a smashing BOG War here in Gan Yisrael NY, and now that it’s all over, we’ll do a quick summary.

Breakout, Teams, Generals, Scavengers, Mishanyos Baal Peh, Theme Speeches, Skits, Songs, Plays, Winners!

What, more? Okay, okay.

After breakout (I knew it the WHOLE time!) the campers were split into 3 teams for Cholent War! The teams were Potatoes, Beans, and Meat – wait, that wasn’t it. Chitas War!! Yeah, now I remember. The teams were Chumash, Tehillim, and Tanya. No really, that’s what they were. What, I make one joke and now you don’t believe me any more? Fine, be like that! The Generals and Lt. Generals were announced as follows:

For the team of Chumash, General Levi Pekar and Lt. General Berel Kesselman
For the team of Tehillim, General Eli Loebenstein and Lt. General Sholom Brook
For the team of Tanya, General Mendel (Beso) Blesofsky and Lt. General Moshe Denburg

Then they all gave speeches. I LOVE speeches! What, you don’t? What’s wrong with you?

After that there was Mincha, Dinner, and then, scanvengers! There were some crazy scenes there, like Jewish Star and the DMV. It was all very funny and after 6 amazing scavengers we davened Maariv and went to bed.

Next day, we got up extra early to learn Mishnayos Baal Peh because there was lot’s of candy for those who did quadruple quota – just kidding! See, I got you again! The real reason is that camp was very short on Fresh AirTM.

Then we went to breakfast after which there were Theme Speeches (videos coming soon!). Then it was back to the Shul for Halacha Skits. Campers were taught the amazing and inspiring and emotional and… ok I’m getting carried awaytheme songs! After Mincha, everyone piled back into the Shul for the plays. They were a real exciting bunch, taking us from the War of 1812 to 1940’s underworld, to The Very Scary Black Magic Cult That’s Really Scary…. and Scary. With Shadows.

The next by the swimming pool, no one moved and no one stirred… as the Judges announced the WINNING TEAM OF TANYA!!! I MEAN CHUMASH!!! No really, it was Chumash. Followed immediately by Staff Swim.

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Today seemed like a regular day in camp with all the schedules showing nothing out of the norm, so why did the staff seem so busy? The mystery was revealed after the 3rd activity was switched for a KIWI all-star game. Then the head counselors made an announcement about a missing Walkie-Talkie or something, the culprit was non-other than BOG WAR!

Sophisticated security cameras caught the "thief"

The theme for this year’s Bog War is “CHITAS WAR”

After splitting up the teams and meeting our Lt. generals taught us our awesome team chants, it was time for us to meet our generals. Starting off with General Levi (Pekar) telling us about the importance of Chumash. Next the general for the team of Tehilim – General Eli (Lowbenstein) – explained the importance and the power of Tehilim. Lastly but definitely not least the general from the team of Tanya – Beso a.k.a. Mendel (Blesofsky) explained the importance of Tanya.


The three generals. From left: Beso, Eli, and Levi

We started off with a smashing Mincha and continued with immense energy Supper and then headed to the shul for the best scavengers (skits) ever! After six crazy scavengers, the campers headed up to the hill for bed, excited for another day of BOG WAR!!!


(Contrary to popular belief, BOG actually stands for Brown, Red, and Gray, not Blue, Orange, and Green.)


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