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Greene Family Camp Poem

I LOVE THIS!!!!! http://greene.org/2016/02/05/why-working-at-gfc-will-transform-your-career/

Why You Should Work at GFC: A Poem

Posted on February 5th, 2016

For every college student,
Each one must decide,
What to do with their summers,
They explore options far and wide.
Some wish to spend a summer at home,
Or travel all around.
Some hope to find big internships,
Or just bum around down town.

But here at Greene we believe,
That we have the cure,
For the perfect summer opportunity,
Let us tell you more!

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Become a counselor at GFC,
And you’ll gain necessary skills,
Become a better leader,
And save money to pay the bills.
From conflict resolution,
To working with kids,
Mastering a specialty,
And learning about camp biz.
Your resume will only grow,
From all the different things you’ll do,
With counselor experience,
Every employer will want you.

All Millenials should be counselors,
Levo League has told us so,
The NY Times agrees with us,
A fact some parents even don’t know.
Buzzfeed even concurs,
And they’ve got the GIFs to prove it,
If all these news sources say “come to camp,”
It’s time for you to move it!

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At Greene you won’t be stuck at an office desk,
Instead you’ll get some sun,
And when you return back to school,
You’ll be tanner than everyone.

We’re not making this stuff up,
Our past counselors see success,
In all their future endeavors,
GFC counselor alums seem to do the best.
From doctors, lawyers, scientists,
Teachers or camp directors,
Past counselors are leaders,
Change makers and electors.

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And if you ask these people,
What helped them get to success,
We betchya they’ll say GFC,
Because we turn out the best.

Imagine a summer here at camp,
Instructing a specialty or working in bunk,
Song leading at services,
Or teaching kids how to slam dunk.

We want you here this summer,
And we want to work with your goals in mind.
We’re flexible and want to help,
We won’t let you fall behind.

We look forward to this summer,
And we hope to see you here,
Bring your Lexus to Bruceville, TX,
It will jumpstart your career.

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Cyber Bullying of Texas Teen

Cyber Bullying of Texas teen

Do We Forgive and Forget When it Comes to God? – High Holy Days Morning Sermon – 2015

Many people have asked for my sermon and I wanted to be able to give that to everyone.  It is attached here.

My dad would always read my sermons ahead of time to help edit them, but he would always tell me that there was something missing — him.

Daddy, not this time.  You are definitely in this sermon.  Love you always and forever.

Sermon – Final

Judaism for the Next Generation

An amazing teen from our community who talks about what it means to be a Jewish teen.

Modern Judaism

A wonderful congregant of mine talking about what being Jewish today is like.

 

Welcomed into the Jewish Family

A wonderful congregant of mine talking about being welcomed into the Jewish community and our synagogue community.

Conversion – Private Journey

Conversion is a private journey that is different for everyone.

This is an article written by a congregant of mine, Gina Galaviz Eisenberg, and I couldn’t be prouder.

Sept. 1, 2015, also known as 17 Elul 5775 in the Hebrew calendar, is an important date for my family.

I became a Jew.

Conversion is a private journey that is different for everyone. For me, it began in March 2014 when my husband and I decided to raise our three children, a toddler daughter and infant twin sons, as Jews. My husband is Jewish and I was very curious and wanted to learn more about the religion I had chosen for my precious babies.

I began attending Shabbat services on Friday evenings at Temple Beth-El. I experienced Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Passover Seder. I joined the Temple Beth-El Sisterhood to learn more about the mitzvot (God’s commandments) these wonderful women perform for our San Antonio community. The underlying goal of mitzvot is to “repair the world.”

On our first day of the Introduction to Judaism class, we told our classmates why we were committed to spending every Saturday morning together for the next six months. There were many reasons, but the underlying one we shared is that we wanted a relationship with God and that search had brought us to Judaism.

We all experienced some sort of rejection from our immediate families but, as we became Jewish, we came to respect their feelings, even though they did not respect our decision to convert. A funny thing happened on the way to conversion: I found tolerance of others. I realized that God gave me such wonderful gifts and I should thank God for that — not ask for things.

I learned to be proactive and not reactive in making the world a better place, not just because it’s the right thing to do but because it’s a mitzvah.

The question put to me at the first meeting with the rabbi will likely stay with me for the rest of my life: “Jews have historically been the target of persecution. How do you feel about becoming a member of such a minority group?”

I never really gave it much thought until now.

Becoming a Jew is about family and it’s why Shabbat has become an important part of family life. It became the topic of my conversion project.

I created personalized Shabbat prayer books and a Shabbat box, everything needed to create the excitement of Shabbat for our little ones. For now, it means lighting the candles, blessing the children, the wine and Challah (bread) and reading books about Shabbat and placing coins in the Tzedakah box (for charitable giving) and deciding where it will go.

As they grow up, we will discuss issues of the day and future goals. Most importantly, the Eisenberg family Shabbat will include Jews and non-Jews and hopefully, slowly, we will teach folks that we are like everyone else.

Conversion is just the beginning of my Jewish journey. Judaism requires action. We are defined by our actions more than our intentions.

I am so proud and honored to say I am a Jew.

Gina Galaviz Eisenberg is a former television journalist and owner of the Eisenberg Group, a public relations firm.

 

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