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Evaluation Report: ICHEIC-Sponsored Summer Camp, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2005

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Publication Date: April 2006

Publisher(s): Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life; Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Author(s): Masha Sud Lokshin; Leonard Saxe; Daniel Bar-Tal; Aviva Androphy

Topic: Education (Study abroad)
Social conditions (History)

Keywords: FSU; Holocaust; Program Evaluation; Camp

Coverage: Russia (Federation)


The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), with support from the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC), has developed a summer camp program in St. Petersburg, Russia. An evaluation team from the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University conducted this systematic assessment whose objective was to assess the impact of the camps’ educational programs on campers and their families, specifically focusing on the degree to which the camping experience strengthened knowledge of the Holocaust and enhanced participants’ Jewish identity. The evaluation extends a previous process evaluation study conducted by the Cohen Center and focused on the degree to which camps met the long-term objectives of the ICHEIC program to enhance understanding of the Holocaust and to build Jewish identity. The study included two components: an observational study of the camp environment and a follow-up study (3-4 months later) of campers and parents.


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