The Jewish Agency and the Genesis Philanthropy Group held an international summer camp, the Rimon Project, for Russian-speaking youth at the Nordiya Youth Hostel near Netanya from August 1-13.
The camp, supported by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, is organized specially for young people ages 13-16 from different parts of the Former Soviet Union and from Israel.
At the initiative of Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and the Genesis Philanthropy Group, this is the first summer that an international camp for youth Russian speaking is taking place in Israel. The goal is to strengthen the Jewish identity of the youth and their sense of belonging to the State of Israel and the Jewish People.
The Rimon Project is one of the Jewish Agency’s activities aimed at strengthening the Jewish identity of the young generation in Israel and the Diaspora. The camp provides youth from abroad the chance to get to know Israel and Israeli society and also allows Israeli youth to broaden their familiarity with Jewish communities abroad.
The two-week camp includes trips around the country, cultural activities and meetings with leading figures in the arts and well-known public figures as well as workshops in theatre, communication, film and photography. The counselors of the camp, from Israel and abroad, are professionals and experienced in leading Russian-speaking groups.