Evening Activities

NOTE: The agenda below is dynamic. Changes will most likely be made, check back on the day of the activity in question for any last minute changes.  Evening activities will take advantage of our beautiful camp, temperate summer nights and the talents of our volunteers and vendors. If you have an activity you would like to add to the schedule below please contact us at Event@MosaicOutdoor.Org 

Campfires Every Night

Campfires are a Mosaic tradition! Each night, you'll have an opportunity to relax and unwind by the fire, sing songs (or just listen), play games, and chat with old and new friends.

During the campfire on Saturday and Sunday nights, join Gabe Goldman in making "coal-burned kiddush cups" – Start with a square piece of wood, add a hot coal and a natural straw to blow through and PRESTO -- make your own coal-burned Kiddish cup using same technique some ancient peoples used to make carved out canoes.

The campfire is FREE. If you wish to make a kiddush cup, a fee of $3 must be paid on site per cup (cash only - please bring small bills). 

Thursday Night

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Arrivals and Registration [Office]

We will have snacks and beverages available to tide you over until dinner.

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm Brief Leader Orientation [Haifa]

6:15 pm - 7:45 pm Dinner and Introductions [Dinning Hall]

7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Mincha: Please join us to make a minyan for those saying kaddish this weekend [Library]

7:45 pm - 8:15 pm Meet your leader. All leaders, co-leaders and drivers will get together for a brief orientation. Leader packets and van keys will be handed out. [Haifa]

We will break into small groups where you meet with the leader of Friday's activities. The leader will inform you of the details you need for the activities Attendance is required.

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm Registration:  Registration will be moved to back the Ulam for any late arrivals.

8:15 pm - 9:45 pm Ice Breakers & Mixers [Ulam]

9:45 pm - 11:00 pm Improv Ice Breakers [Ulam]

9:30 pm - ???    Campfire & S'mores - Bring your musical instruments [Camp Fire]

Friday Night

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Gabe Goldman will help make your own Shabbat candles -- using animal tracks as molds! [Tel Aviv]

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Volleyball. Join in a pickup game as you come back from your days activity with a game of volleyball [Volleyball court behind the pool]

5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Services will begin the evening [Beith Tefillah]

6:30 pm - 7:15 pm Registration: Last chance to get your info packet and T-shirt [Office]

7:00 pm - 7:10 pm Kiddush and HaMotzi [Dinning Hall]

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Dinner [Dinning Hall]

8:00 pm - 8:10 pm Biirkat Hamazon [Dinning Hall]

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Meet your leader

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm  Mosaic at 25 - A photographic Retrospective  [Teatron]: Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Mosaic International Labor Day event, now known as the Jewish Outdoor Escape, with a photographic retrospective of the last quarter century. This 20-minute slide show, set to music, will show many of the highlights of the past few years. Come see yourself and your friends ... and a few surprises.

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm  MosaicSlam – The First MOTHish Story Telling Contest [Teatron]

MOTH is an organization that hosts storytelling events in major cities throughout America. The rules are simple. Each participant will have 5 minutes to tell a story. The stories must be about something they personally experienced, be based in fact and connect to the theme of the night. 

We invite you to tell your story. We can have a total of 8 story tellers and will pick the final entries out of a hat if we get more than 8 people who want to tell their stories. 

The theme of our MosaicSlam will be “It couldn’t get any worse.”

11:00 pm - ??? Night Hike with Yaacov Gothard [Back of Teatron]

9:30 pm - ??? Campfire & S'mores  - Bring your musical instruments 

Saturday Night

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm  Volleyball

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm  Making Nature Your Meditation Partner with Gabe Goldman 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm  Happy hour at the pool (BYOB. No glass permitted on the pool deck, a cooler and cups will be provided so glass bottles maybe stored outside the pool area)

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Torah Study - "To Catch a Thief" [Haifa]

What does an odd tale about a newspaper thief have to do with revenge, rebuke, and forgiveness? Come and find out! Join Ellen Flax in a participatory study session that will help you ready for the upcoming High Holidays.

Ellen Flax enjoys sharing her love of Jewish texts with others, and regularly teaches at Limmud conferences both here in the United States and in the U.K. At home in NYC she directs a Jewish women's foundation that supports programs in the United States and in Israel.

6:00 pm -6:15 pm Mincha: Please join us to make a minyan for those saying kaddish this weekend [Haifa]

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm  Dinner

7:45 pm - 8:15 pm   Meet your leader

8:15 pm - 9:30 pm   Live Music by Roosevelt Dime [Teatron]

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm   Havdallah & Snacks [Teatron]

10:00 pm - ???  Campfire & S'mores  - Bring your musical instruments 

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Live Music by Roosevelt Dime  [Teatron]

10:30 pm - 11:30 pm   Coal Burned Kiddish Cups with Gabe Goldman  [Camp Fire]

11:00 pm - 11:45 pm Selichot  [Back of Dinning Hall]

Sunday Night

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Happy hour at the pool (BYOB. No glass permitted on the pool deck, a cooler and cups will be provided so glass bottles maybe stored outside the pool area)

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner

6:45 pm - 7:00 pm Mincha: Please join us to make a minyan for those saying kaddish this weekend[Library]

7:15 pm - 8:00 pm Awards Ceremony [Teatron]

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Elections, Council of Delegates Meeting [Teatron]

8:30 pm- 10:00 pm Board Games - (Bring your own or use what is supplied) [Dinning Hall]

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm Paint Party with Dorrie Rifkin! [Dinning Hall]

After adventuring and exploring Poconos’ wilds, RELAX and PAINT with Dorrie Rifkin. Create beautiful still life paintings with simple painting techniques! Dorrie will help you, step-by-step, to complete an amazing work of art that you can take home (or to your cabin) the same night. Even if you have never painted before, this experience is designed to bring out your latent talent. Mosaic will provide snacks and art supplies. BYOS (bring your own sketchbook) and BYOB if you desire.

9:30 pm - ???    Campfire & S'mores  - Bring your musical instruments

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Coal Burned Kiddish Cups with Gabe Goldman [Camp Fire]

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm The future of Mosaic [Teatron]:

As we celebrate the 25th year of Mosaic's annual Labor Day weekend international event, this is a great time to take stock of where we are as a group and what's in store for our future. What are some chapters doing to reverse the decline of our membership, and what can be done? Should the Jewish Escape weekend remain the way it is, or can we make it better as well as more appealing to attract newer and younger members? In this active seminar, there are no dumb questions. We'll hear from chapter presidents who have achieved success at growing members. And we'll hear from you, our Mosaic members, about your impressions and thoughts about the group, the event and the future. Come with ideas -- or just listen and be inspired.

10:30 pm - 11:30 pm Night Walk with Dave Liebman [Jerusalem]

Communication Access Realtime Translation

This year, we're trying something new Labor Day weekend. It was pointed out to us that there are often attendees who could benefit from having a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) reporter during some of the activities. For those who don't know, a CART reporter is a person who translates spoken language to text on a screen for the benefit of those who cannot hear the spoken word. Obviously, we will not have it available at the off-site activities such as hikes and bike rides, however, we plan to have it available during selected evening presentations.

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