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YU’s “Summer Camp” For Israeli Communities

Jerusalem—The Yeshiva University Cent­er for the Jewish Future (www.yu.edu/cjf) re­cently announced that its “Counterpoint Israel Program,” an immersive service-learning initia­tive that aims to empower the next generation of Israeli youth via an exciting, Jewish values-driven summer camp experience, has been re­tooled to maximize manpower efficiency and its impact on the Israeli communities it serves.

Over the last several years, undergraduate students from Yeshiva University ran four sep­arate summer camps in the cities of Arad, Di­mona, Kiryat Gat, and Kiryat Malachi concur­rently. Basing itself on the North American Jewish Camping system, this year’s program will offer two separate camp sessions, making it possible for YU students to focus their un­divided attention and complete creativity on two cities at a time.

The YU students—natives of North Amer­ica, Colombia, and Chile—will run camps in Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi from June 29- July 10 before relocating to Dimona and Arad for the second session, scheduled for July 13- 24.

The municipalities of cities where Coun­terpoint operates see it as indispensable to their educational systems and are commit­ted to contributing their own resources to en­sure the program’s success. Each city makes a financial investment in the program.

“Counterpoint Israel has become such an integral part of the lives and Jewish identities of the teens in the towns in which we engage, so it is no wonder that the municipalities want to invest in their own futures,” said Rabbi Ken­neth Brander, YU’s Vice President for Universi­ty and Community Life and the David Mitzner Dean of the YU Center for the Jewish Future.

“As in years past, we’ve seen that the Coun­terpoint Israel Program, through its English classes and workshops in arts, fashion, music, dance, and sports, continuously improves the skills of the Israeli teens and promotes a posi­tive self-image and traditional Jewish values,” said Sharon Blumenthal, who with her hus­band Avram has supported Counterpoint for seven years.

Counterpoint Israel is run with support from Ron Fischer and Lisa Rosenbaum/the Fis­cher Family Foundation, Repair the World, and the VIP Passover Yizkor Appeal.

The Kiryat Gat program is run with addi­tional support from Jennifer and Saul Buri­an and Doreen and Beryl Eckstein; the Kiryat Malachi Program is dedicated in the mem­ory of Dr. Bernard W. Gamson; the Dimona program is run with additional support from Sharon and Avram Blumenthal, and the Arad program is run with additional support from the Jewish Federations of Central New Jersey and Delaware and Neals Fund in memory of Neal Dublinsky.

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