“After my first summer at Havurah, I felt connected to a great community. Havurah instilled a pride in me of my Jewish heritage, and helped me to understand it alongside my Russian heritage.” -Sarah Benenson
Recently, Sarah Benenson, a former Havurah camper at Tel Yehudah was highlighted in E-Jewish Philanthropy for her presentation to the Funders Summit: Engaging Russian Speaking Jews in Jewish Camp, convened by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), in partnership with the Genesis Philanthropy Group.
Sarah is one of many teens whose life has been impacted from a summer experience in Havurah, a summer program for teens from Russian-speaking families. Sarah had the opportunity to connect to her Jewish roots by meeting other teens like herself, Russian-speaking Jewish peers as well as American Jewish counterparts, at Camp Tel Yehudah. She embraced her love for Israel and her commitment to the Jewish community in the United States. Upon completing Havurah, Sarah has stayed active by traveling on Young Judaea’s Alternative Winter Breaks, attending Young Judaea national conventions, working at Camp Young Judaea- Sprout Lake and soon will be taking the ultimate leap: traveling to Israel on Year Course. All it took was two summers, and the impact will last a life-time!
Read more about Sarah and the Funders Summit: Engaging Russian Speaking Jews in Jewish Camp in It's All About Sarah: Creating a Stronger Connection Between RSJs and Jewish Camp