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Summer-2007 Retreat at the KJJC

“It was so interesting and joyful. I spent a wonderful week at Campus”, said 12-year old Alla.
For the 2nd year already Jewish Family Service organized a Summer Retreat for 80 needy children 5-16 years old. Kids were divided in four groups. Intensive everyday program included “Boker Tov” (‘Good Morning’) sport exercises. Then together with “madrichim” (group guides) children worked in clubs by interest – singing, drawing, dancing, actors’ skills, got acquainted with each other.
Quizzes and walking in the park, learning history, geography and culture of Israel made the time at the KJJC a special holiday.
“I liked “Handmade Israel” program most of all”, told Igor. “We modeled, painted and made special articles of cities and homes, deserts and fields of our historical Motherland”.

In the frames of the Retreat program on June 28 for the first time a puppet play for children took place in the Theater Hall of the KJJC. As KJJC got the license on rendering fee services, tickets were sold by a symbolic price of 40 cents. About 200 kids with the parents and grandparents overcrowded the Hall. 20 places were given for free for needy non-Jewish kids from Municipal Center of Kids’ Rights Protection.
July 1 became the climax of the Retreat crowning the program with a final concert prepared by participants themselves. “Festivals of Israel”, being the name of the concert, reflected art, cinema, theatre and music directions. It was a charming, vivid and sincere acting and the audience was happy to encourage young actors with warm applauses.

“We tried to make the Retreat a little bit uncommon this time”, told 20-year Nickolay Railean, Retreat coordinator. “We made accent on joint programs where all the participants could work, rest and have fun together trying to unite them. And I think we succeeded. I will never forget kids’ faces and eyes on Shabbat and of course during our bright and merry final concert. I wish them all nice summer and be healthy.”