Camp JCC days are full of activities designed for fun that allow everyone to participate and develop on his/her own. In all camp activities, campers are instilled with our core camp values that help reinforce the JCC’s mission.
#1 Bal Taschit: Do Not Destroy
This mitzvah is found in the Torah (Deuteronomy 20:19), which tells us that when we besiege a city we shall not destroy the trees of the city, as the trees have no way to get out of the war.
#2 G'milut Chasadim: Acts of Loving Kindness
This mitzvah from Pirke Avot 1:2 is a collection of acts which detail the way we, as Jews, are to take care of each other, caring for the needy, visiting the sick, comforting the mourner, honoring parents, doing good deeds and making peace.
#3 Hachnasat Orchim: Welcoming Guests
Literally translated as "bringing in guests." Found in the Talmud (Shabbat 127a), it is a Jewish behavior to extend hospitality even to strangers.
#4 Hoda'ah: Appreciation
The ability to look around oneself at the trees, another person's face or a kindness -such as someone holding a door open as you approach - and feel and express gratitude. We might see Hoda' ah when we see God's creations, interact with other people and even notice things about ourselves.
#5 Tzedakah: Justice and Righteousness
From Deuteronomy 16:20, although often translated as charity, it has much wider connotations in the sense of giving back or doing justice. Giving tzedakah is a mitzvah, because we as Jews are commanded to help - by giving money, clothing, food and time. Tzedakah is another way we relate to the world around us.