Daily Newsletter – July 3, 2019

“You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.” – Rabbi Tarfon

Good morning Friends of Capital Camps – and greetings from Houston!

The above quote by Rabbi Tarfon mirrors the intention with which we began our service trip here on Monday.  We woke up early yesterday and made our way to the SBP office, where we were briefed on the devastation this community faced following Hurricane Harvey nearly two years ago.  We also learned about the impact volunteers have had in rebuilding the city.  After the thoughtful session, we headed off to our worksites, where we spent the day helping to rebuild houses affected by the hurricane.

The CITs engaged in various parts of the rebuilding process, including installing drywall, flooring, painting, and more.  For most of us, this was our first experience with this type work, and yesterday evening, we began reflecting on this experience.  One CIT shared that even though we are taking part in small acts, and each of us are only working on one home during these next few days, they already feel like they are making a real difference in the life of the person and family they are helping.

As CITs, we constantly think about our new role within our camp community, as people who take on responsibility.  This trip helps us to extend that notion beyond the camp community.  Although Houston may not be the first place that comes to mind when we think about our communities, we are already beginning to create deep and lasting connections in this new place, and learn responsibility by serving others in what we hope will be a meaningful way.

In the coming days, we will continue to rebuild houses devastated by Hurricane Harvey, volunteer at the local JCC, help out at the Houston Food Bank, and forge our connection to this powerful community to do our small part – alongside many, many others – to try to make a difference in the lives of others.


Ilana Kornblatt
CIT Coordinator