On our blog we’re writing a series of posts called “A Day In The Life” which explain different elements of our camp’s daily schedule and rituals. In our first post on the topic, we mentioned that every evening during the Evening Huddle we’ll announce that day’s Maccabi Mensch.
What is a Maccabi Mensch, you ask? Well, Mensch is a Yiddish word meaning a “person of integrity or honor”. More specifically, a Maccabi Mensch is someone who has exemplified the values of camp through their actions that day. Of course everyone at camp is expected to live by our values of sportsmanship, teamwork, kindness, and treating one another with respect, but the Maccabi Mensch is someone who goes above and beyond.
The Maccabi Mensch is an honor that does not come with a 1st place trophy; it’s not a competition that campers compete to win, but rather an honor that everyone at camp strives to earn. More importantly, it’s a way of life that our campers will carry with them outside of camp.