Bnei Akiva — stronger together

Over 160 Capetonians attended Bnei Akiva’s Machaneh Aloh Na’aleh (Photo: Uriya Kurtz)

Machaneh Aloh Na’aleh was a camp experience no one will ever forget. Of the 900 channichim on site, just over 160 were from Cape Town. The energy was electric. We sang, danced, learnt, and grew within ourselves as well as in our relationships with those around us. After two long years, Bnei Akiva was ready to have a comeback camp like no other. Everything was amplified — the quality of education, the activities, the connections, and the vibe 

One of the highlights of camp for a madrich/a is the last night, where they sit with their channichim and reflect on the three weeks prior, sharing and reliving their favourite moments — and cherishing them together for one last time as a family. As madrichim we saw a common thread in the majority of answers from channichim — all of their answers had to do with moments of hyper-togetherness and connection. Whether it was post-Shabbat havdallah, or our unbelievable ruach sessions, outings, or Shabbat meals, altogether it is evident that this camp experience, of being surrounded by like-minded contemporaries is essential for the growth and connectivity of the future leaders of the Jewish community. 

From this, we take something crucial into the new year. Whilst camp is a priceless and fantastic experience, it’s just not enough to keep our channichim emotionally and spiritually sustained throughout the year. Each member of the Bnei Akiva Cape Town team has a personal mission to ensure that camp is not the height of our community’s Bnei Akiva experience, but that high-quality engaging, fun and consistent activities, Shabbatonim, and trips are on offer throughout the year. Bnei CT is coming in full force, ready to take this year on with all the opportunities it brings. I, Leah Hepple as the recently appointed Chairperson, plan on utilising my passion, ideas, and creativity to make this mission a reality. I look forward to connecting further with our old and new channichim and madrichim as well as the larger South African community! Kadimah Bnei Akiva!Leah Hepple

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