Meet Micah Loveland

Last summer, when Micah Loveland was looking for an overnight camp, he jumped at the chance to spend a week at The Associated’s Pearlstone Center.

Pearlstone was offering Tiyul Adventure Overnight Camp, a weeklong experience that combined outdoor adventures with innovative Jewish experiences, like Shabbat in the Forest.

Imagine how excited Micah was when he learned that although camp ended, Pearlstone was expanding its Tiyul program to the school year.

Meeting once a month in the fall and spring, participants engaged in nature and farm-based activities, zip lines and rock climbing, which were connected to larger themes around Judaism and the Jewish year.

From picking grapes and crushing them to turning them into grape juice, they learned what it meant to make a blessing over food. They built a sukkah out of logs and in the eighth month, when there are no holidays, youngsters learned to find magic in the ordinary while tackling physical challenges and linking the experience to our forefathers who were wanderers.

They even invited the parents for a special program that included lessons of renewal and a Tu B’Shevat tree planting.

“It’s beautiful how Tiyul infuses these outdoor adventures with Jewish meaning,” says Micah’s mother Carol Berkower. “We are so lucky to have this place that offers our children enriching experiences while building spiritual beings.”

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