July 20, 2007 / 5 Av 5767
Today Scott Brockman, Campaign Outreach Director of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Florida, toured three day camps and the Negev environs.
The first camp on our tour was one for children with learning disabilities. The camp is run by the Nizan nonprofit organization. They put a lot of energy into creating a fun and stimulating environment for the campers. Today's adventure was a a plane ride in the Negev skies. Scott had the pleasure of joining the campers for this thrilling flight.
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At the Eshel Hanassi camp, of the Society for the Protection of Nature, everyone was getting ready for Matan's birthday party. Members of the Montreal Young Leadership are volunteering in the camp as part of Partnership 2000 linking Montreal with Beersheba. They have the responsibility for today's "Kefiyada" (fun land)!
Campers at the Migdal Or day camp enjoyed a jewelry workshop today, designing their own
necklaces and bracelets.
Scott and his guide Ofer Baram, the southern district director of public relations, passed through Kfar Aza to see how children live in a fortified kindergarten. Then it was on to Sderot, where they visited the police station and its collection of fallen missiles and the old community center that had sustained a rocket hit, followed by a meeting with the youth coordinator.
"As if on cue, when we entered the police station, a 'Red Alert' was sounded and was followed immediately by the tremendous boom of an exploding missile. The police radio reported that the rocket had fallen on Natan Elbaz Street. I looked at Scott and informed him that we had passed through the location a minute ago," Ofer said.
Lunch at Ibim, with the youth village social worker, wound up the visit.