Jewish camp is a place of immersive learning. Campers learn by living together, playing together, eating together and from the cultural values that can be unique to each camping environment. However, most of all, Jewish kids at summer camp learn from the counselors and staff who organize programs, teach classes and serve as role models.
In 2018, CIE, in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, launched a new program aimed at enhancing the Israel knowledge of summer camp staff consisting of a three day enrichment seminar. Cohorts included staff from Camp Judaea, Camp JORI, Camp Young Judaea-Texas, Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake, URJ Camp Coleman, In the City Camp, MJCCA Day Camps, National Ramah Commission. In addition to enhancing participants’ knowledge of Israel and Zionism, special sessions were included that explored the application of content in the context of summer camp.
CIE is planning future seminars for camp staff in 2019 and 2020. For more information about this project or to connect us with summer camps to participate in the program, contact Steve Kerbel.
2018 Program Testimonials
“I wish I could have stayed longer. Kol HaKavod to CIE for an incredible seminar!” Carly R., In the City Camp
“I am really glad that we covered current events in Israel and not just camp-related Israel programs!” Samantha S., Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake
“The 20 sided dice programming activity was extremely beneficial and is something not only helpful to ourselves but to bring back to our camps. The program where we learned about democracy in Israel was really enlightening and extremely interesting. I also enjoyed the mini programs led by Rich where we split into groups to perform the Israel activities ourselves.” Sydney D., Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake
“I especially liked, the activity where we looked at primary sources to learn about issues in Israeli society throughout history.” Iris T., Camp Young Judaea Texas
“The best part of the program were the examples of peulot/activities we participated in so that we had ideas to bring back to our campers.” Elana Pollack, Camp Judaea
“I think any time we got to brainstorm as a camp group it was amazing. It’s rare that you allow yourself that kind of time during camp to really plan things together, especially allowing the American staff to get involved and voice their opinions.” Tslil R., Camp JORI
“Thank you so much for allowing Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake to participate in the seminar. The team came home so enthusiastic and energized to go. They were eager to tell me all their news ideas they had gained. They couldn’t stop talking about all the inspiring sessions they had attended. Thank you so much, clearly this was a very valuable experience for our entire team.” Helene D., Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake
2018 Evaluation Results