Glossary

At camp, we use Hebrew words to reference almost everything. We have even modified the language to accommodate for all genders! You can read more about it here. Here is a glossary of commonly used words to help you better understand what happens at Mosh:

Basic Vocabulary:

Machaneh - camp, e.g. machaneh Moshava means camp Moshava
Chanichimot (singular - chanichol/chanicha/chanich) - campers
Kvutsa - the people in a shichva
Shichva - age group, e.g. Bonimot, Chotrimot, etc.

Nitzanim - (literally, buds) - going into 3rd grade
Amelimot - (literally, workers) - going into 4th and 5th grades
Chotrimot - (literally, rowers) - going into 6th and 7th grades
Solelimot - (literally, pavers) - going into 8th grade
Bonimot - (literally, builders) - going into 8th and 9th grades
Bogrimot - (literally, graduates) - going into 10th grade
Madatz - counselors in training - going into 11th grade

Tzevet - staff
Tzevet Mitbach - kitchen staff
Madrichimot (singular - madrichol/madricha/madrich) - counselors
Mazkirut - head staff
Kupa - literally means cash box, but we use this as a catch-all for things we share

Activities:

Avodah - work
Anafim (singular - anaf) - work groups that meet every morning

MLC/Sif - sweeping/mopping the MLC (pavilion) and sifria (library)
Veggie cutting - cutting vegetables for meals
Medurah - chopping firewood
Ashpah - collecting and taking out the trash
Aruchat Boker - (literally, breakfast) breakfast cleanup
Sababa - (literally, awesome, cool) cleaning the sherutim (bathrooms)
Gan - (literally, garden) - working in the garden and taking care of animals

Chugim (singular - chug) - special interest groups that meet daily
Sadnaot - camp activities, e.g. canoeing, teva (nature walks), rikkud (Israeli dancing), etc.
Toranut - dish duty - kids from each shichva are picked every day to set up for lunch and dinner as well as do the dishes.

Places Around Mosh:

Lower Shetach - where the younger kids live
tzrifim (singular - tzrif) - cabin [Note: tzrifim are named after kibbutzim in Israel, e.g. Dafna, Grofit, Gezer, etc. Cabins are separated by age group.]

Upper Shetach - where the older kids live
ohelim (singular - ohel) — tent [Note: like tzrifim, the ohelim are named after kibbutzim in Israel, e.g. Lotan, Tel Yosef, Yotvata, etc. Tents are separated by age group.]

Sifria - library
Mirpa’ah (Marp for short) - nurse’s office
MLC (Moadon L’Chaver) - literally, clubhouse of friendship - big red pavillion
Chadar ochel - dining hall
Mitbach - kitchen
Shtifa - where dishes are washed and dried
Melechet Yad (M-Yad for short) - arts and crafts building
Brecha - pool
Sherutim - bathroom
Gan - garden
Agam - lake
Toren - flagpole, where we gather after breakfast and before dinner
Chaniah - parking lot
Kikar - road

Other places around machaneh we refer to in English, like the basketball court, softball field, gazebo, activities field, candy cane gazebo, etc.