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New Jewish Community Camp adds Israeli flavor to mix

Pinellas County’s new Jewish Community Camp plans to bring a taste of Israeli culture to campers.

Partnering with various organizations to ensure a strong Israel presence in its inaugural year, each of the camp’s three-week sessions will have a variety of Israel activities and programs.

According to Joshua Gamson, the camp’s director, the connection to Israel is a natural fit for the new camp.

“A better understanding and appreciation for Israeli culture is an important goal of our camp, and I can’t think of a better way to do this than by bringing a little bit of Israel to us,” he said.

On June 16, during the first camp session June 5-23, there will be a visit by Tzofim, the Israeli Scouts Caravan, a favorite of many Jewish camps across the country. Campers and camp staff will share lunch, song, and dance with the scouts, and learn a bit about what Israeli life is like from the group of teen performers.

There will also be an opportunity for some camp families to have members of the troupe for an overnight visit.

Established in 1919, Tzofim was the first Zionist youth movement in Israel and remains today the largest “National Youth Movement” in the country.

During the second session of camp from June 26 to July 14, the campers will have an “Israel Festival Day.” There will be Israeli food, music and dancing all led by local community members with Israeli backgrounds who will introduce the unique culture of Israel to campers.

The third session of camp, from July 17 to Aug. 4, will allow campers to experience a full week of Israeli culture as the camp welcomes five teens from the region of Hadera-Eron, Pinellas’ sister region through the Federation’s Partnership2gether program.

In addition, during this final camp session, plans are being made to attend the Junior Women’s Softball World Championships in Clearwater to root on an Israeli team. This will be the first time, an Israeli delegation will be participating in this international competition for under 19-year-old players.

The Jewish Community Camp programming strives to embrace and celebrate Jewish values through its activities and to help the broader community through a variety of service projects.

Developed in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, the camp welcomes all children in kindergarten through 8th grade, regardless of religious affiliation or ethnic background. It will be housed on the campus of Temple B’nai Israel at 1685 S. Belcher Rd. in Clearwater.

Transportation to the site in central Pinellas County will be provided from Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg for a nominal fee.

For more information, visit the camp website:, or contact Gamson directly at or call (727) 530-3223.

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