The camp opened on a high note featuring popular Israeli TV programs in Hebrew (with Russian subtitles). The campers enjoyed Israeli songs and dances and used their creativity to make up their own versions.
Meet Masha. A 14 year old first time participant in the Jewish Agency summer camp. Masha studies in a Jewish school and most of her classmates came to camp with her. "Even though I have been studying at a Jewish school for six years, I have learned so many new things in my first 3 days of camp. I now want to participate in the activities of the Jewish Agency, I want to join the Youth Clubs that have weekly events and I want to return to camp every summer".
The campers spent 2 days researching and learning about their Jewish roots and family stories. Two days were devoted to the study of Israel, focusing on the land as the center of the Jewish people and understanding the ancient history as well as the modern day reality.
The last two days of camp were devoted to processing the wealth of information that they had received during the week and how to effectively take this experience back home with them.
July 9-16 2009