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A 12 day experience that will change the life of a teenager, this overnight camp is based on a model developed by Jewish Agency for Israel (or Sahnut) for teen camps world-wide.  The camp model is a combination of activities and discussions; reflections and creative expression; role-playing games and facilitated group work, all focused on exploring the Jewish Identity of a teenager in a non-forceful, secular manner. The program is balanced with sports, swimming, motor and non-motor water sports, obstacle courses and zip lines, arts and music, evening activities and dance parties.

A collaborative project of Marks JCH, Shorefront YM-YWHA, this project is made possible with generous funding from UJA-Federation of New York, Genesis Philanthropy Group, and Neshamot Fund, with Foundation for Jewish Camp.

Application:
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Dates:
August 19th - August 30th, 2014

Fees:
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Contact:    
Alanna Skydell
718-331-6800 ext. 132    
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Teen philanthropy PDF Print E-mail

This year at Camp B’Yachad, our tenth graders had the pleasure of participating in a program funded by the Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) which gave campers the opportunity to choose one of six incredible organizations to donate $1,000.00. Organizations submitted requests for proposals that were reviewed by the Marks JCH Teen Philanthropy Group. Prior to the start of summer, campers joined together to learn about mission statements, be exposed to the idea of giving as a community, and begin to determine what social causes are most important to them as a philanthropy. Campers were able to visit some of these organizations during the summer where they learned about the organization’s mission and how it impacts the community it sets out to serve.

While at Camp B’Yachad, campers explored the values of tzedakah (charity), learned about Maimonides’ Eight Levels of Charity, and debated whether we should give locally or globally and whether we should donate to a Jewish or non-Jewish organization. Afterwards, the campers more thoroughly investigated the different organizations, by studying their mission statements, examining their daily operations, and reviewing their websites to examine how they market themselves.

Campers engaged in meaningful discussions where they advocated for the organizations they saw as most deserving of the donation in order to come to consensus regarding where to allocate the money. After the final vote, the campers voted to donate $1,000 to a great organization called Innovation: Africa, which uses the progressive technology from Israel to benefit impoverished villages of Africa. The act of creating a teen philanthropy group and having to decide together where to allocate $1,000 was a very rewarding and informative experience for the campers as it taught them about the importance of tzedakah and how even the smallest contributions can make a huge difference. We look forward to bringing this to camp in future summers!

 


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Marks JCH of Bensonhurst
7802 Bay Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11214
(718) 331-6800