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Play Gives Campers Hospitality Lesson

As the lights dimmed in the auditorium, children from Camp Gan Israel began to whisper and giggle in excitement for the final performance of camp Thursday afternoon.

Parents and family members came to watch the play, "Who's in Rabbit's House," based on Verna Aadema's African folktale. Rabbi Yossi Deren, co-director of the performance, said the play displayed the message of hospitality and welcoming people into our homes.

"To get along, we will heal the world," said Chelsea Clark, who played Monkey the Narrator. The performance involved different age groups, ranging from 5 to 11 years old, participated in the singing and dancing numbers.

Camp Gan Israel of Greenwich is located at 270 Lake Ave. and is part of a  trend of Jewish day camps that are sprouting up throughout the United States. It provides stimulating and new activities for campers while incorporating Jewish culture and religion.

Krissy Dorn and Mike Limon directed the play. Campers and counselors had worked tremendously hard the past five weeks putting the performance together. Dorn said everyone helped in his or her own way. "We even researched African textiles for certain costumes."

Deren said that every year, the play incorporates creative themes and values. The campers left with huge smiles on their faces and hustled their parents outside to see the works of art they created before going home.

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