It’s camp season and that means sending mail to your children at camp. If they’re at a Jewish camp, decorate your envelopes with rubber-stamped Jewish designs. If they’re at a non-Jewish camp, do the same thing: stamp envelopes to them with Jewish themes. It’s a subtle reminder that they’re Jewish even in a secular environment.
The designs, too, can be subtle. They don’t have to be Stars of David or “Shalom” written in Hebrew. As a matter of fact, those designs could embarrass many campers.
When my daughters were campers, I alternated between stamping envelopes and packages with a hamsa and with a Torah pointer that pointed to their names. Only my daughters and any Jews who handled the mail “got” it. It was like a secret message.
After my daughters became counselors, I did the same thing. Now that they’re post-counselor camp employees, I still use the hamsa and Torah pointer stamps when I send them mail.
Check the web for hamsa and other Jewish rubber stamps. You can get the Torah pointer at Zum Gali Gali Rubber Stamps, a small company in Newton Highlands. The Torah pointer is under “Symbols.”
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