Creating a Habit of Gratitude to Repair the World
From the CEO:
As we head into the holiday season, I’ve been reflecting a lot on this year’s theme of “Repairing the World.” As we’ve explored this theme in our camps, one of the things we’ve really worked to instill in children and tweens alike is that while the problems in the world that need repairing can seem daunting and insurmountable at times, the act of repairing the world can start in our local communities. And, so as we all prepare for the meals, festivities, and quality time spent with families near and far, it’s a good time to look for opportunities for your children to make a positive impact. Even a small act can stand out to a child as a big step toward repairing the world, and it empowers them to look for more opportunities and do what they can.
I also want to take this opportunity to welcome you to our first reimagined In the City Camps newsletter! Moving forward, our goal with this space is to provide you with ideas for activities and ways to discuss the theme of our camps with your children while connecting it to your day-to-day life. In this way, our ITC community can ensure that the Jewish future is bright and the world is a better place.
This is a work in progress, so if there are things that you like or want to see more of, please feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eileen Snow Price
CEO/Founder, In the City Camps
Giving Thanks as Part of Repairing the World
At the core of our Jewish traditions is the idea that we must care of each other and leave the world a better place. Many of us use the Thanksgiving holiday as a time to take stock of the things in our lives for which we are thankful. This can look like specific acts that people do for us, the things we are lucky to have, the love that we experience regularly, the communities that we are a part of, and the heritage that gives us an identity and sense of purpose.
All of these create a great opportunity to connect with your children and help them develop a culture and spirit of gratitude, not just around Thanksgiving but throughout the year. We often forget that our kids need us to name these things and prompt them to reflect. Start by spending five minutes at some point during the day—maybe it’s during dinner or as you’re getting ready for bed—to ask them what they are thankful for from that day. What did someone do for them? What did they benefit from? What did they do to repair the world today? And also, were there any opportunities where they could have done something that they didn’t? Feel free to share your own gratitude with them. Over time, these small acts will become the building blocks for a habit of gratitude that you can carry on throughout the year.
Did someone say PUMPKIN PIE AND
Join PJ Our Way, In the City Camps, and ITC’s Chef Howard on Sunday, November 20th, for an afternoon of pre-Thanksgiving baking fun!! Event will be Kosher/Dairy.
Kids ages 9-12
Sunday November 20, 2022, from 1:30pm – 3pm
The Weber School / 6751 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30328
ITC SUMMER 2022 Staff Reunionon November 20th!
We can’t wait to reconnect and check in while we enjoy bowling, the arcade, laser tag, and food!
ITC Staff – check your emails for sign up info!
Stay Tuned for Summer 2023 Infocoming in early December!
Registration opens Sunday January 8, 2023!
The holiday months are full of opportunities to bring your child into the kitchen and keep their hands busy by letting them be a part of preparing the meals you will share with family and friends. Here is a yummy seasonal recipe for Pumpkin Challah! And, for more recipes, head over to NEW Chef’s Corner for some of our own Chef Howard’s favorites that will allow your child to experience the ways we share our love through feeding others! Happy Baking!