The capstone experience: Israel travel for our oldest campers
At The Cohen Camps, we strongly believe that direct experience of Israel—the opportunity to create a personal relationship with the people, land and heritage of Israel—is integral to the way each person develops their Jewish identity, values and character. After all, supporting the founding of the State of Israel is part of our founding vision. We begin to help our campers cultivate this connection with Israel from the moment they arrive at camp.
At camp, bunks carry the names of Israeli cities and towns; many building names honor Zionist heroes; exuberant Israeli dancing enlivens Shabbat; our cohort of Israeli counselors add Hebrew and Israeli culture to our bunks and activities.
Then the capstone of the camper experience, the Dor L’Dor Leadership Program, guides our oldest campers through Israel itself, many for the very first time. After completing 10th grade, our teens from all three Cohen Camps—Pembroke, Tel Noar, and Tevya—join up for an intensive four weeks in Israel, a trip that is physically, spiritually, and intellectually stimulating. Then our teens return to their own camp for two weeks of reflection, reconnection, and the chance to tell younger campers all about it.
We have even offered a Dor L’Dor Israel Trip for Adults in some years!
Campers relish the weekly Shabbat updates sent in by the Dor L’Dor travelers. This program and its young-adult role models help even our youngest campers discover the deep value in connecting with the historical, religious and cultural aspects of the State of Israel.
Please consider a gift to the
Dor L'Dor Friendship Fund
This fund creates fun social events where Dor L’Dor participants can get to know and make friends with Israeli teens.