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Jun 13, 2023

Shlichim Bring Israel and Jewish Heritage to Campers Across North America

More than 1,500 young Israeli shlichim (emissaries) are working in Jewish overnight camps across North America this summer as part of the Summer Shlichut Project, a program of Federation overseas partner The Jewish Agency for Israel. While the program, which offers visiting Israelis the opportunity to contribute as counselors, specialists and educators, has evolved and expanded since its inception in 1966, its goal remains the same: to strengthen the connection between North American Jewry and Israel. Program participants act as ambassadors of Jewish heritage and Israeli culture in 175 summer camps. Last summer’s program saw a total of 1,550 shlichim serving as role models of Jewish tradition and Israeli ruach, or spirit, for more than 100,000 campers and almost 20,000 staff. “Camp shlichim … bring Israel and Judaism to the summer camps in an authentic way,” said 2022 program participant Shahar. “As an Israeli and former soldier, I’m able to offer these kids a fuller picture of Israel today, which can positively impact their perception of the Jewish State.”

Shabbaton in Yerucham

Shabbaton in Yerucham

“During Shabbat, we were welcomed with open arms by the amazing community of Yerucham,” offered fellow Onward Israel participant Tal Assaf. “They took extra special care of us from the moment we arrived.”

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Apply Now: Diller Teen Fellow

Apply Now: Diller Teen Fellow

Operated by the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), a Federation subsidiary, the fellowship welcomes rising 10th and 11th graders interested in growing their leadership skills and connecting with a diverse group of teens from Miami-Dade County.

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World ORT Teaches About 10/7

World ORT Teaches About 10/7

Federation overseas partner World ORT recently hosted a three-part educational series via Zoom for its students, informing them about the war and Israel’s response, as well as the connection between anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

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Register Now for Tech vs. Hate

Register Now for Tech vs. Hate

As the importance of online safety increases and the need to leverage unique technology to mitigate harmful narratives, fueled by propaganda and misinformation, Federation is proud to partner with Tel Aviv University for Tech vs. Hate: Combating Online Antisemitism, which will be held online Wednesday, June 26 at Noon EST.

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