Israel Experiences Arrive at Jewish Overnight Camps in Special Resource Box

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Chicago, IL –The immersive environment of Jewish overnight camp—where the day is full of diverse activities; staff members are young, accessible Jewish role models; and an increasing number of shlichim (Israeli emissaries) help shape the program—offers a unique opportunity for Israel learning and experiences. Now, 60 Jewish overnight camps across North America are infusing Israel into more of their experiences and environments with the help of the The iCenter’s Camp Resource Box.

“We want to help camps bring meaningful and dynamic Israel learning experiences into their fun-filled settings,” says Aliza Goodman of The iCenter. “Nearly every part of camp—from the kitchen, to the cabins, to the sports fields, and more—can be a platform for Israel engagement and learning. The Camp Resource Box offers creative activities and visuals to do this in thoughtful and intentional ways.”

The Camp Resource Box includes:

Golda’s Kitchen Cabinet: A Recipe for Success: For camps to “spice up their cooking program with Israeli stories and recipes” with customized Golda’s Kitchen Cabinet aprons; authentic Israeli spices and recipes; and program guides and activities for using Golda’s Kitchen Cabinet all summer long.

The Piven Workshop: With insights on Israeli culture and society from one of the country’s most creative artists – Hanoch Piven. Resources include a giant vinyl banner and individual posters ready to hang anywhere featuring brand-new portraits of David Ben-Gurion, especially commissioned for the Camp Resource Box; decks of playing cards for cabin time or rainy days; program guides and activities for using the Piven Workshop all summer long; and reinforcement activities to infuse Israel throughout camp.

The Box also includes Israel Resource Cards with a wide variety of other discussion guides and program ideas.

Eight of the camps receiving the Camp Resource Box are part of an 18-month intensive program for camp leadership to deepen and align Israel learning and engagement throughout the entire camp experience. The Intensive includes mentorship with Israel educators; support for the development and implementation of a broad vision of Israel education at camp; high quality education resources; and opportunities for staff and shlichim to train and work in partnership to enhance Israel education at camp. Applications for the next Intensive cohort open in Fall 2017. 

Known collectively as Israel @ Camp, The iCenter’s work in Jewish camp and with professionals in this field builds on its past initiatives, including the Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern Israel History and Bringing Israel to Camp. Israel @ Camp is a partnership between the iCenter and Foundation for Jewish Camp, in collaboration with Jewish Agency for Israel. It is made possible through the generous support of The AVI CHAI Foundation and the Maimonides Fund. For more information about Israel @ Camp’s intensive or targeted resources, please contact ari@theicenter.org.

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