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Israeli Staff in American Jewish Summer Camps- The view of the camp director

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Publication Date: January 2003

Publisher(s): Jewish Agency for Israel. Department of Jewish-Zionist Education

Author(s): Minna F. Wolf; Ezra Kopelowitz

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: American Jews; Informal Jewish education; Camp

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This research report describes three strategies that directors of American Jewish summer camps adopt vis-à-vis the Israeli staff who work in their camps. Each strategy comes with a distinct set of practices with both practical and ideological implications. Practically speaking, each strategy involves basic issues such as where a person eats, sleeps, socializes and works. Ideologically speaking each strategy represents a distinct understanding of the relationship between Israeli and American Jews, as it comes to expression in the life of the summer camp.