Edition 1 2019
WELL, WELL, WELL….come back SKIFistn!
What a joy it has been to see all your freshly tanned 2019 faces back at SKIF. We missed all your smiles over the holidays and hope you are all ready and warmed up for one of the best years of your lives. We have had some awesome events already including Zumer Lager Reunion, where we reminisced on the time where parents and school didn’t dictate our lives. New Years Eve was a blast welcoming the brand new year with a visit from the Police who just wanted to have a bit of a boogie on the SKIF dance floor. As well as this, we has Olympiade where we battled it out to see who would come out victorious, and for the second time in SKIF history there was no SKIF Draw, leaving all the SKIFistn and helfer truly shookth when the believers came out on top!
We know the separation anxiety from Sunday SKIF was agonising! However, we’re back and better than ever! You guys found out who your new helfer were. With the helfer group doubled in size there are now more helfer for you all to annoy (lucky you juniors)!
Mini SKIF was a blast, making it to its first comeback for the year. We met some new eager and cute little future SKIFistn, who could not contain their excitement walking through the doors of SKIF’s Welcome Back Party!
We have some incredible events coming up in the next few months, including In One Voice on the 17th of March, where SKIF will be running the show with our annual Kid’s Zone, SKIF Choir and great vibes! Purim is right around the corner on the 23rd of March, so start getting your costumes ready. Come down to April 19th rehearsals to practice for SKIF’s most important event of the year. And for the first time ever, “Mit a Yidishn Tam (With a Taste of Yiddish)”, an epic day of fun activities, will be held on the 31st of March! Ask your helfer for more info!
We can’t wait to spend another year with all you beautiful people, let’s make this the best year SKIF has ever seen!
Sincerely, di helfer groupe
Summer Camp 2018/2019 Review
Some of us may or may not have experienced the aftermath of a SKIF Zumer Lager before. However, we can now safely say, that everyone who attended SKIF Zumer Lager 18/19 has experienced the worst PCD they will ever experience. That is because Zumer Lager 18/19 was two jam packed weeks filled with constant joy and laughter. This undoubtedly made the summer of 18/19 for both the SKIFistn and helfer one to remember.
The enjoyment began with the grand reveal of Songfest. This year’s theme was Broadway Musicals inlcuding: “The Book of Mormon,” “Hairspray,” “ Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Les Miserables”. All of the performances were thoroughly enjoyed by all, showing the theatrical side of many SKIFistn that some had never seen before.
Following songfest, was the infamous Olympiade which ran over two days and consisted of water fights against the other Manshaftn as well as sporting events to help determine which Manshaft would win Olympiade for Zumer Lager 18/19. SKIFistn were bruised, some completely drenched and physically drained from the challenge, however, spirit and excitement were never lacking. This year’s theme was "Gods," and consisted of The Hindu's, The Greeks and North Mythology.
Entering into the second week, there was a return of some ex Helfer who ran a very exciting and special Ex-Helfer Day under the theme "Space.” Seeing the Ex Helfer definitely brought back some good memories and lit up the SKIFistn’s faces (even more).
Of course, another highlight was the unforgettable New Years Eve party, which was Angels and Demons themed and had the whole dining room decked out in spectacular decorations, food and costumes.
Once again, from all the Helfer we would like to thank all the incredible SKIFistn, cooks and everyone who made this camp one to remember and we are looking forward to a very exciting and fun filled year to come!!
How to Combat Post Camp Depression (PCD)
When you first step off the bus in Melbourne after experiencing, objectively, the best two to two and a half weeks of your life, you might experience a sense of relief. There will be no more sharing rooms with your best friends, no more waiting in line for delicious food and no more cleaning up after yourself after a meal (thanks Mum and Dad). Thoughts of showering in your own shower, sleeping in your own bed, eating a home cooked meal and, finally, not having to worry about a huntsman potentially crawling up your back sound idyllic.
But soon enough, maybe the morning after camp or maybe a few days later, PCD will rear its ugly head.
Here are some things you might experience as a result of PCD, accompanied by the official helfer recommendations on how to deal with said things:
1. The scalding feeling of warm toast on your tongue
It takes time to adjust to what used to seem like a reasonably heated piece of toast. Helfer recommend waiting 10-15 minutes after toasting your toast, so the toast hits that ideal temperature of ‘too cold’, reminiscent of happier days at Charnwood.
2. The aching silence of night
After two and a half weeks, the chattering of SKIFistn at night is not dissimilar to a lullaby, and you might find it hard to fall asleep without the sounds of your khaveyrim staying up and talking. Helfer recommend playing cicada sounds/calling your kraize and falling asleep to the sounds of each other’s voices.
3. Missing your kraize
This is the big one. No longer can you just walk down the hall to your friend’s room, hang out and secretly eat kraize bag. BUT you CAN come down to Sunday SKIFs every week and see your friends and the helfer! Coming to SKIF is the ultimate cure for your PCD!
What's Happening in Politics
Scott Morrison. Last year, this guy was PM remember? But he got kicked out and left politics. So, there was an election to replace him in his home seat of Wentworth. For the first time in, well ever, Wentworth chose someone who wasn't a member of the Liberal Party. Her name is Kerryn Phelps and, while she agrees with the government on some things, there was an issue she wanted to change. The issue was the way people are treated in Australia's offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
That's where people are sent if they try to get to Australia by boat without permission. The government says it's a way of discouraging Asylum Seekers from risking their lives trying to get to Australia by sea and it says it's worked. However, it's been controversial. Some reckon people in offshore detention don't have access to proper medical facilities and some Asylum Seekers have died.
Last week, Kerryn Phelps put forward a new law which would make it easier for people who are already on Nauru and Manus Island to be taken to Australia for medical treatment if they needed it. However, the Government didn't support the new law. It said the law would put Australia's security at risk and encourage more Asylum Seekers to come to Australia. So, the Government voted against it. But the Government lost the vote. Now that might not sound like such a big deal, but it is!
You see, in theory, governments should always win votes like this one. That's because, to form government you need more than half of the seats in the Lower House of Parliament. Or you need enough support from Independents and Minor Parties to pass your laws. Except, last week, for the first time in a really long time, that didn't happen. Aussie governments have only lost votes like this twice in the past 90 years. Once in 1941 and once in 1929 when Stanley Bruce was prime minister! When it happened to Bruce's Government they called an election, which he lost. However, this Prime Minister says that won't happen this time around. He's not calling an early election. But Scott Morrison is also not happy about the new ‘foolish law,’ and has made it clear that ‘it’s not one that [he] supports.
The Government reckons it'll lead to heaps of people arriving in Australia by boat.
But others say that won't happen. The leader of the opposition party, Bill Shorten refused to ‘accept that the [Government has] strong borders…or humane treatment’.
It's already become a big debate in Australia and many reckon that as we get closer to the election it'll only get bigger.
Where Are They Now? Sarah Leber
How long were you a SKIFist and helfer at SKIF?
I was a SKIFist for about 10 years and a Helfer for 3 years
What are some of your favourite memories from your time at SKIF?
So many good times! Just hanging out with my friends, it’s hard to choose! I can’t go past a good Olympiade and it was great being part of the Olympiade committee once as a helfer and once as an ex-helfer.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a vet.
How has your connection to SKIF shaped your life since leaving SKIF?
I am so grateful for the friends I made at SKIF and they are still my friends to this day. The whole community is so warm and welcoming. I am grateful that SKIF taught me to have a social conscience and to care about the issues surrounding us in Australia and also the world. SKIF is a major part of my Jewish identity.
What is your message to SKIFistn reading this article?
Make sure you go to all the Sunday SKIFs and camps!! Time will fly and you won’t realise until you are finished but it will be the best time of your life! Give your helfers a big hug for all the work they put in to making SKIF awesome too! And don’t forget to ask if you can go shvimen/have kraize bag at least 3 times daily on Summer Camp!!!
Yiddish Crossword Puzzle
6. Keeping the campsite clean
7. First meal of the day
8. Moment of silence
9. Dining room, Bananarama etc.
10. Wake up
What should return to breakfast
Body part to symbolise silence
Song we sing during Olympiade
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