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Being Part of International Jewry

Recently about 30 teenagers from Moldova returned from one of the most famous Jewish summer camps Szarvas, Hungary. Every summer, over 2,000 Jewish campers from over 25 countries attend this Ronald S. Lauder Foundation AJJDC International Jewish Summer Camp. Szarvas means Deer in Hungarian and is situated in the southern part of the country and camping for 450 persons is in a very picturesque place. It was founded in 1990 by Ronald Lauder, USA Ambassador in Austria, and AJJDC to assist teenagers from the Eastern Europe to learn their roots, get acquainted with each other and their peers from Israel and USA.

The group from Moldova took part in Szarvas for the third time. For boys and girls from Moldova it became less expensive thanks to additional sponsors found by the AJJDC.

The program “Five Senses of Judaism” was elaborated by Israeli team and was based on the Jewish non-formal education.
“During 12 days of the camp we got so many impressions, took part in so many new programs and activities!” told Cristina.

“We learnt a lot about the Jewish history of Hungary, we found so many new friends from Israel, USA, and Russia. Now we are in contact through Internet and hope to meet again”, informed Alex.

“Football, swimming, riding, rowing, basketball – it seems that you took part in pre-Olympic games!” exclaimed Roman. “But also Shabbat and praying together, singing Jewish songs, visits to synagogues in Budapest and Szeged – all this made the program extremely full and interesting!”