by Alex Glass, Assistant Camp Director
This past week we heard about the Atlanta Stands with Israel rally hosted by the Jewish Federation of Atlanta. We were delighted that one of our Israeli staff members, Barak, was asked to be a keynote speaker at the rally. Barak is currently still serving in the Israeli Defense Force and is taking two and a half months of his service time to serve as a shaliach at URJ Camp Coleman; before he left for Camp he was stationed in Gaza. The rally provided him with a perfect opportunity to share his story as well as the stories of the delegation. Through these experiences, Barak and the other shlichim have been able to find the exact purpose of their shlichut (mission). Our campers and staff appreciate everything they learn about Israel, its people, culture, history, and operations, and this event gave the shlichim an extra chance to bring meaning to their shlichut as they educated the entire camp community.
A group of our staff including Omer Gady (our Rosh Mishlachat or Head of the Israeli Delegation) and Danielle Steinhart (our Social Worker) accompanied Barak to the rally. We proudly shared a portion of Barak’s speech (seen in the video below) with all of the campers and staff at Coleman the next day, which truly lifted the spirits of the Israeli staff here at Camp. Barak and Omer shared that they didn’t realize how strongly the Atlanta community supports Israel, and they spread their enthusiasm to other members of the delegation.
We will continue to support our Israeli campers and staff and will continue to ask for shalom (peace) in Israel. Though Israel may seem far away, the country and its people remain close in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. May the One who makes peace on high, bring peace unto us, to all of the inhabitants of the world, and to all of Israel.