Each year JAFI recruits and trains over 1,300 shlichim who will work as counselors and activity specialists at Jewish overnight and day camps in North America during the summer. AVI CHAI funds a series of training programs to enable the camps, shlichim and their peers to create stronger camper and staff connections to Israel and to weave Israel education throughout the summer camp experience:
- Kadima provides enhanced training to shlichim who will return to camp for a second or more summers and to the Israeli heads of shlichim contingents, which in large camps can exceed 30 Israelis. Returning shlichim earn a $1,000 salary supplement for their participation in the program.
- B’Yachad enables American counselors who are studying for a year in Israel to join with the shlichim in bringing Israel to camp. They are trained through the year, sometimes together with returning shlichim, through formal classes, Shabbatonim and mifgashim (encounters) with other Israeli and American peers.
- Shutafim enables the Cornerstone Fellows to work together with the Israeli shlichim to plan the summer’s Israel education programs. This collaboration results in the sharing of these responsibilities, which in the past were relegated just to the shlichim.
- Chazon is an 18-month, retreat-based training program for assistant camp directors to help them develop a framework for Israel education throughout their camp’s environment. This framework includes the specification of roles for the shlichim and programs for them to conduct.
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