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Summer Camp Lightening Victim Celebrates Bar Mitzvah in Hospital

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Ethan Kadish, one of three campers struck by lightning at a Jewish camp in Indiana, marked his 13th birthday in a Cincinnati hospital.

Kadish has been in the hospital since June 29, when lightning struck without warning at the Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Ind., near Indianapolis.

“This is never how we would have imagined celebrating your 13th birthday … it is with bittersweet feelings that we welcome you into our Jewish tradition as a Bar Mitzvah, a son of the commandments,” Ethan’s parents, Alexia and Scott, wrote in a message to him posted on their website, which provides updates on his condition.

Ethan was moved last week to the rehabilitation floor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital about a week after he began breathing on his own and was released from the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

“We have so many hopes and dreams for your future, and right now we are focused on helping you heal to the best of your abilities,” his parents wrote in wishing him a Happy Birthday on Friday.

They added: “We know you are a hard worker and a team player. These qualities will take you far in life and in your healing.  We will support you along this new path of life and will stand by you as we journey down this road together.”

The two other campers struck by the lightning during an Ultimate Frisbee game on the Reform movement camp’s athletic field were released from the hospital shortly after the incident.

Lightning Strikes Jewish Camp in Midwest, 3 Children Injured UPDATED

Monday, July 1st, 2013

SEE UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF ARTICLE

Lightning struck at a Reform Jewish Camp in Zionsville, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis, on Saturday. Three children were hit by the lightening, all were seriously enough injured to warrant being taken to a hospital, one of the three was in critical condition.

The lightning struck a playing field sometime around 1:30 p.m.

According to some reports, there was no storm and not even any rain at the time the lightning struck, while other reports claimed storm clouds had already begun gathering at the time of the incident.

The three campers who were injured included a  a 9-year-old girl from Missouri, a 9-year-old boy from Kentucky, and a 12-year-old boy from Loveland, Ohio.  The Ohio boy is the one who was in critical condition, but his health had stabilized by Sunday evening.

The camp, Goldman Union Camp Institute, is one of 13 camps run by the Union for Reform Judaism.  It has been in operation for 55 years.

The camp’s Facebook page had a message posted from the head of camp, Rabbi Mark Covitz.

“This Shabbat afternoon, lightning struck URJ Goldman Union Camp. Three campers were injured. Camp personnel and emergency professionals responded quickly. The children were taken to local hospitals and we have spoken with each child’s parents. We are resuming our normal camp schedule, which will include dinner and evening program.  Please know, the safety of your children is our highest priority.”

As of Sunday evening, many dozens of refuah shleimah wishes were left on the camp’s Facebook page.

UPDATE: The Rabbi of the Goldman Union camp sent out an email on Monday, July, 1.  In it he shared the good news that one of the three children who had been struck by lightning on Shabbat has been released from the hospital.

He also shared the video, below, taken at the camp after lunch on Monday.  It shows the campers singing “Kehilla kedosha,” which means holy or sacred community.

Kehilah Kedoshah from URJ GUCI on Vimeo.

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