Since the beginning of 2017, the new education department has been working diligently on a new idea for a camp, which would unite the groups of chanichim and members of the movement arriving in Israel in the summer months and the obvious meet between them and teenagers and young Israelis.
The goal was to expand the encounter of non-recurring or short-term seminars of two to three days to a long camp, filled with experiences and values, and most importantly – a significant encounter which would leave its mark in the memories of the participants.
The one who took up the challenge and joined as a full partner already in the planning stage, was Eyal Mor-Yosef, youth coordinator of the Ramat Hanegev Regional Council. With his help, we built a framework and a plan that included all the elements of a movement camp – only this time for a more mature audience.
Camp “Mifgash Chadash” (the name was decided on by the participants), was held in mid-July for two weeks and took place mostly in the JNF’s Nes Harim camp. More than 20 participants came to the camp – half of them from Ramat Negev Regional Council and the other half from Habonim-Dror Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
Like every encounter, the “Mifgash Chadash” camp also started with concerns and difficulties surrounding language gaps, culture and age – but as the days passed, the walls came tumbling down and a good, mission-oriented dynamic was created.
One of the highlights of the camp was active and voluntary participation in the organization of the opening ceremony of the 20th Maccabiah and after several days additional volunteering in the Maccabiah night races held in Jerusalem.
The camp itself consisted of a variety of activities including field crafts, O.D.T., workshops, ethical activities on Jewish identity and the connection to Israel, and of course cultural evenings and games – all in the spirit of the youth movement.
Israel Camp “Mifgash Chadash” ended in a two-day trip to the Northern Rivers and left the participants, instructors and organizers wanting more.
See you in the 2018 “Mifgash Chadash”.
Written by Lee Or Shalgi,