Israel @ Camp Intensive

The Israel @ Camp Intensive is a 20-month customizable process for camp leadership to deepen and align Israel learning and engagement throughout camp. Israel @ Camp builds on past initiatives, including the Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern Israel History and Bringing Israel to Camp.

Goals

  • Support the development of a broad vision for Israel education at your camp along with a strategic implementation plan
  • Provide frameworks that enable North American staff and shlichim to train and work in partnership to enhance Israel education at camp
  • Provide camps with quality Israel education resources and guidelines for their effective use

As part of this Intensive process, you will receive:

Israel @ Camp Intensive Breakdown

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Commitments:

  • Work closely with a master Israel educator to assess where Israel currently lives in your camp, identify opportunities, develop and refine a vision and action plan, and implement new ideas over the course of two summers.
  • Designate a staff member in a leadership role as Key Point Person for this Intensive (~0.25 FTE).
  • Select at least 2 areas at camp within which to experiment with new ideas and programs around Israel each summer, with the guidance and support of your faculty mentor.
  • Participate in a joint training experience in Israel in 2019 along with shlichim, camp directors, and Israel educators. This experience will be integrated with JAFI’s Shlichim Training Seminar and will include additional experience days preceding and/or following the seminar.
  • Gain access to a database of quality Israel programs and resources and receive tangible materials to support your implementation of Israel @ Camp each summer.

Timeline:

Israel @ Camp timeline

Eligibility:

  • Must be part of the FJC Network

  • Alumni camps of past iCenter/FJC Camping Initiatives are ineligible for the Intensive
  • Alumni camps are eligible to participate in individual components of the Intensive for a small fee. Visit www.theicenter.org/israelatcamp/extended for more information

Israel @ Camp is a partnership between the iCenter and FJC, in collaboration with JAFI. It is made possible through generous support from The AVI CHAI Foundation and the Maimonides Fund.

Israel @ Camp Intensive Application

Quotes

We were able to use Israel @ Camp as a motivator and push toward increasing the use of Hebrew at camp. A small example is that we were finally able to add ‘tzevet’ to the back of our staff shirts. It means a lot to our shlichim to have ‘staff’ written in both English and Hebrew.
- 2017 Intensive Participant
We aspire to include Israel in the avira of camp. This year, as a result of participation in Israel @ Camp, our chanichim shared their stories about and connections to Israel. This story sharing was a part of Yom Yisrael and included the stories of chanichim who feel connected to the land, but have never been there in person. It was beautiful to see!
- 2017 Intensive Participant