An Israeli Teen Reflects on Camp Tamarack
June 28, 2013 | Roz Blanck
Follow your gift from Detroit to Israel and back. This week, with your assistance, 45 Israeli teens arrived in Detroit to attend Camp Tamarack. Here’s an abbreviated letter from an Israeli teen, Roi Zaid, who had the experience of attending Tamarack a few years ago:
The first time I heard of Camp Tamarack and the Israeli Camper Program was about three years ago, when my mom told me that one of her friend’s children went there and had so much fun. I waited for 7th grade so I could have a chance. There it was. My teacher asked the whole class “who wants to try and go to selection interviews for Camp Tamarack?” I asked her if I can and she agreed.
After the interview workshops, I checked my e-mail every day and it said in Hebrew, “congratulations you’ve been accepted to the Israeli Camper Program and you’ll be flying this summer to Camp Tamarack.” I was so excited, I couldn’t wait for the summer. We had many preparation sessions; most of them were bonding and preparing us for the flight. Then the time passed so fast! It was Sunday, June 22, the day we left home.
There were more than 700 campers and staff when we got off the bus and it looked like they were all cheering for us as we arrived. Every day I gained more self-confidence and connection to the place. I really liked Shabbat for many reasons, but mainly, I never participated in services with songs and being in the outdoors. Also the Havdalah service was really nice and I love the songs.
Two kids from my village are visiting Israel soon, and I am going to meet up with them. I made friends in the village who I feel closer to now than my friends in Israel.
I think I never saw a camp that big, that pretty and with SO MUCH TO DO!!!!! When I saw camp for the first time I got so excited, it’s breathtaking. The last day was so sad. I didn’t talk that day. I was almost crying, but I was holding back the tears. Then we met up with the host families. I stayed with Risa and Jay Levinson. They took us to so many places and treated us so well. They are the nicest family ever. They were so generous. They actually spent a full weekend just with us. They let us feel like their house is our home and we all bonded really well.
I play tennis and my dream is to play tennis on clay courts so they took me to clay courts! I think I experienced with them the best weekend ever!
I didn’t want the summer experience to end and I even thought about throwing away my passport so I can stay (just kidding not really); but everything good has an end.
So, this was the greatest experience of my life.
Thank you to everyone who made this opportunity possible.
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