Camp Chef!

Posted by on April 22, 2015

You've probably heard that we have a new chef this summer, and we couldn't be more excited. Chef Jessica comes to us with years of camp cooking experience and a degree from Le Cordon Bleu. To mark our new chef's arrival we have launched a youtube cooking series, in which Chef Jessica prepares a number of camp classics, like grilled cheese and tomato soup, and special dietary meals, like gluten free and vegan dishes, which are served along side of every meal at camp! Check out these three videos of Chef Jessica working her magic in the Schechter kitchen!


Introducing Sports Supervisor: Molly Rubens!

Posted by on April 21, 2015

11160551_10155470358085525_1067861973_n.jpgHey Schechter Peeps, I'm so excited to be your Sports Supervisor this year. Camp has been my favorite place to be since I attended the very first echad session ever in 2002. If you know you me well you know that I am FULL of ruach (spirit) and I cannot wait to spread that ruach all around camp with maccabia, daily sports and other great sports tournaments and activities!

I'm a sophomore at the University of Washington majoring in Medical Anthropology and Global Health with the hopes of one day being a Naturopathic Doctor. I was a cheerleader all through high school and now I'm the education vice president of my sorority Gamma Phi Beta, cheering on all the women in a different way! I'm so looking forward to a whole summer at CSS and I can't wait to see you all there <3

Molly Rubens 


The Schechter CD is now online!!

Posted by on April 8, 2015

Enjoy the Schechter CD on Soundcloud! You can click on any song to hear it and download it for free by pressing the down arrow in the top right corner. Happy listening! 


Hi my name is Joel Jacobs and I am from Sammamish, Washington. Last year I took classes in Israel and now I am a student at the University of Oregon. (Go Ducks!!) I am currently undeclared but I am interested in doing something with animals or marketing. At the University of Oregon I am involved with AEPI and QuakePac.

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This will be my 11th year at camp!! Camp is one of my favorite places and I love coming back each year. My favorite things about camp are playing sports and just being apart of a great team. Another thing I love about camp is Shabbat and the great songs we sing, as well as the amazing food that is served.

I am really looking forward to showing all of the campers a great camping experience as the River Trips Specialist this year, as well as all of the cool places outside of the main area of camp. There is so much to see at in the woods at Schechter! I can't wait for camp to start and meet all the returning campers as well as the new campers!!! See everyone soon!!!

Joel Jacobs

River Trips Specialist, 2015 


Passover: Matzo Pizza Recipe

Posted by on March 30, 2015


matzapizza.jpgWhile we know you all love matzo and the significance it holds for us over the 10-days of Pesach, we also realize it's easy to run out of creative ways of incorporating these unleavened crackers into our daily meal routines. As a kid, we all remember groaning at having to eat yet another boring matzo peanut butter and jelly sandwhich by the middle of Pesach.

Here’s a recipe that is not only easy, it’s delicious and fun for the whole mishpacha! Get creative with your favorite sauce, cheese and all the toppings you love to throw on a pizza.

A note about keeping your matzo pizza from getting soggy: Layer the matzo with cheese, bake it for a couple of minutes, and then add your sauce and toppings. This ensures a crispy, delicious matzo pizza every time!

 

Matzo Pizza

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients

  • 2 whole matzos (whole wheat or regular)
  • 3/4 cup grated part skim mozzarella cheese (or non-dairy vegan cheese)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil, oregano, and/or red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce (or 1.5 cups whole canned tomatoes, drained completely and chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese (or non-dairy grated vegan cheese)
  • Toppings of your choice

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Spread matzo on a large piece of foil. Spread half of the mozzarella cheese on the matzo. Season with salt, pepper, and any spices you are using.
  3. Place in the oven, directly on the rack, and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Take out and add the sauce, remaining mozzarella cheese, and the Parmesan cheese. Add any toppings you may be using.
  5. Return to oven and cook for between 8-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

 

Adapted slightly from Slender Kitchen.


At camp we don't need a morning shot of espresso because we have something more invigorating and energizing to help us start our day; we have the Tzofim (Israeli Scouts). From morning flag, to Tzofim chug (scouts activity) and everything in between, our scouts help cover every inch of camp with ruach (spirit) and a love of Israel. So meet our 2015 scouts Alon and Shay! 

Hi, my name is Alon Diesendruc and I am 16 years old. I live in a city called Raanana, which is located in the center Israel. I have two smaller sisters, Talia and Noa. My mom and dad both made aliyah (moved to Israel) from South America .

_.JPGI joined the scouts when I was 12 years old, mostly because I had (and still have) a good friend that convinced me to join with him. Since then, both of my sisters have also joined, making us a "scout family". Last year I was a counselor for 6th grade girls and this year I am a Rashgad, which is responsible for both the counselors and the children of the 7th grade group. My counselors are also very good friends of mine, which makes us a great team. This year there are 25 children in our group, both boys and girls. I enjoy being with the counselors and the kids, and I love the fact that I can make a difference in their lives, even if it is a small one.

Until last year I used to play basketball on my city's team, we used to have three practices a week and a match once every two weeks against teams from my region. Unfortunately, I had to quit so that I could have time to both study the professions I wanted to study in school, and be a "full time" counselor in the scouts. Nowadays, I run and train alone twice a week to stay in shape and I play soccer every Friday with my friends.

I love to travel and get to know new places and cultures, and fortunately I have been given many opportunities to travel around the world, and Israel of course! Last summer my dad and I both went to see the world cup in Brazil, it was an awesome experience since we were constantly on the move from one place to another, and we got to see many parts of Brazil (which is where my father grew up) and see some awesome matches!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Alon

Hi, my name is Shay Elbaz and I am 17 years old. I live in Beit Hashmonay, a small town in the center of Israel. I am an 11th grade student and I major in Physics and Computer Science.

_.JPGI was born in Tel Aviv in 1998 to my mother and my Father, Iris and Michael. I have three sisters, Lihi, Shirel, and Nitzan. As a family we really enjoy camping and traveling together. Last summer we visited the United States. We travelled coast to coast and it was an amazing experience that taught me about Americans and America. In addition, Friday dinners are very important to our family. Those dinners enable us to spend quality time as a family and share our experiences, feelings and thoughts.

I have been a member of the Tzofim, the Israeli Scouts, for eight incredible years. Last year I was a counselor for fifth graders, and this year I am a counselor for seventh graders. I love being in the Tzofim because I enjoy the feeling of being a part of something greater than me and contributing to society. I strongly believe that by guiding young children I am able to develop their skills and knowledge, as well as mine.

Furthermore, being a scout provides me the opportunity to develop my creativity. For example, this year I have taken upon myself to be in charge of the "Scouts Purim festival" in my town. In this festival we built four amusement rides using only logs and ropes.

I am a big fan of music, especially Israeli music. I have played the piano for seven years but last year I decided to stop because my studying took a large amount of my time. I love playing soccer with friends. I enjoy watching movies, and going to the theater and concerts, and I would love to be exposed to these in America.

I am an active person, who fills his day in many activities such as meeting friends or exercising. I enjoy sports, and I try to devote at least one day of the week for it. I consider myself a people person and I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know them. My dream is to travel all over the world, meet new people and absorb different cultures.

I am looking forward to meeting you this summer! 

Shay

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