By COLlive reporter
Campers and staff members of Camp Emunah B’nos Yaakov Yehudah, the first and longest running overnight Chabad summer camp for girls, marked a special occasion today, 15 Tammuz.
Under sunny skies, they marked the day that the Rebbe made one of his rarest trips out of the Brooklyn borough 57 years ago to visit the campsite in Greenfield Park in the New York Catskill Mountains.
Rebbetzin Chave Hecht, who has been serving as the camp’s director since it was established some 63 years ago and vividly remembers the Rebbe’s visit, decided to inaugurate 4 new bunk houses on this day.
“The Rebbe spoke at that time about the fact that the Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh, whose yartzeit is today, only had daughters and wrote a special sefer Torah for them,” she said, referring to Rabbi Chaim ibn Attar OBM, the great kabbalist and talmudist.
Leading up to this event, campers have been learning about the importance and uniqueness of a mezuzah, taught by Rabbi Zalmen and Chaya Seema Friedman, the camp’s Ruchnius Directors.
The girls were also told about the special zchus they have to be spending the summer on camp grounds with such a rich history and accomplishments of inspiring generations of Jewish girls.
As she was honored with hammering in the Mezuzahs on the bunk houses, Rebbitzen Hecht said: “I feel proud and privileged to be the co-founder of the very first Chabad overnight girls camp – which today just as then is pioneering true chassidishe camping through the guidance of our Rebbe.”