Israeli emissaries visit camp, demonstrate meaningful connection to Israel

The JCC Day Camps of Greater New Haven is excited to welcome our new Emissaries in Training (EITs) to this summer camp session. The three EITs, Paz, Nitzan and Tal, are chaperoned by Nir Lustig, a veteran to the program, who came to Connecticut in 2014 and spent his year as an emissary in the greater New Haven community. The EITs spend most of their time as co-counselors, helping with activities and making sure everything runs smoothly. But they will soon be hosting Yom Yisrael (Israel Day), an activity day to teach campers all about Israel. They will teach classic Israeli songs and dances, make Israeli deserts, and even have the kids arrange themselves to create an interactive map of Israel. A delegation of EITs will also join Camp Laurelwood this summer. 

The EITs program is a capstone to these teens' year long leadership training program, provided through the Jewish Agency for Israel and our Southern New England Consortium (SNEC) partnership with the Afula-Gilboa region (also known as Partnership2Gether). Emissaries with the highest leadership potential are then selected to spend a full year in a Southern New England community. This is the third summer of this program designed to develop more candidates from Afula/Gilboa. 

The emissary program is funded through your generous conitrbutions to the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign.