Each year, The Jewish Agency recruits charismatic and energetic young Israelis to travel abroad as Summer Camp Shlichim in North America, where they work in Jewish summer camps as counselors, specialists and educators.
Summer Camp Shlichim participate fully in camp life, sharing Jewish traditions, teaching Israeli and Jewish culture, and serving as role models for campers and staff. In summer 2022, a total of 1,550 Shlichim were dispatched to North America for the camp season, where they reached 100,000+ campers and nearly 20,000 staff members.
Our 1,500+ Summer Camp Shlichim (Israeli emissaries) are working hard and bringing a genuine Israeli connection to Jewish summer camps across North America.
Our 2022 summer camp Shlichim (Israeli emissaries) are serving at Jewish camps across North America, bringing Israel to life and forging powerful connections with campers and staff alike.
For Natalie, a first-year Shlichah (female Israeli emissary) who worked at Ramah Nyack this summer, coming to an American camp to serve as an Israeli ambassador was a no-brainer.
"I believe that every camp should have an Israeli emissary."
"As a Shlichah, I can help make connections between American Jews and Israel."
Dvir is serving as a Rosh Edah (unit head) for eighth graders at Camp Yavneh.
"Our job as Shlichim is to try to honestly answer every question asked about Israel and being an Israeli."
Elihay is serving as a counselor for fifth and sixth graders at Camp Havaya in the Poconos.
"I want to share the story of Israel with American Jews."