Camp Director Josh Zwelling and several members of the Camp Moshava Committee traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts in November to attend the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy Conference (GIJP) on Jewish Camping. More than 94 camps were represented by nearly 450 attendees. Our delegation attended educational sessions and peer-led round-tables in an effort to bring back best practices and ideas to improve our camp. Rivkie Lafer, our Camp Committee Chair, was a presenter at the conference.
Camp Moshava, Wild Rose was recognized for its outstanding work in formalizing and building its legacy program with over 50 members to-date. Camp was also recognized as one of the top three camps nationwide that have maximized its participation in GIJP programming. The GIJP was founded in 2004 with a mission to stimulate Jewish philanthropy by providing mentoring services, promoting networking and awarding challenge grants to nonprofit Jewish overnight summer camps and a limited number of other Jewish nonprofits.
Camp Moshava is proud to announce that Rachel Shandalov and Yitzi Matanky will be the Roshei Moshava for summer 2012. Both from Shevet Amitzur, Rachel and Yitzi are devoted to making this the very best summer in the 70+ years of Moshava history.
Rachel Shandalov’s comeback for summer 2011 has left everyone in the machaneh wanting more. As social worker first session and Rosh MIT second session, Rachel’s warmth and charisma has left an impression on all.
Although this will be Rachel’s first run as Rosh Mosh, she is coming in on a lot of summer camp leadership experience. Rachel spent seven years as assistant director and then director of the seven week girls day camp at the Bernard Horowitz JCC in Chicago. “We couldn’t believe how lucky we were when we found out that we would be working with Rachel” said Kadyn Gottesman, who will be a madricha first month. “We all had the best time on MIT with Rachel last year and we know that it will be even better now that we are finally tzevet.” There are few things more exciting at Moshava than the first year on tzevet and Rachel Shandalov is sharing in the enthusiasm. “It’s an excellent shevet – I have had the privilege of spending a lot of time with both in and out of camp. Summer 2012 will be our most exciting escapade yet!”
Yitzi Matanky has become our veteran Rosh Moshava. With three years of Rosh Mosh experience under his belt, Yitzi is guaranteed to bring an exciting and well planned tochnit to machaneh where the chanichim can be assured that they will have the time of their lives. This summer, however, will have its own unique aspect of freshness with new surprises; “This is going to be my best summer yet” Yitzi told the website, “Even chanichim who have been coming to camp for a few summers won’t believe what we have planned.”
Yitzi will be working with shevet Dvir, who showed excellent leadership qualities in their tzevet debut last summer and are currently spending their year in Israel. Yitzi will come to camp accompanied by his wife, Aviva, who has spent her last few summers in camp running our shekem (canteen) in 2011, Rosh MIT in ’10 and madricha for our Avodah tochnit in ‘09.
Keep your eyes on our website and Facebook page for updates regarding their sganim and nosim.
Moshava director Josh Zwelling recently returned back to Chicago after a successful recruiting trip to Los Angeles. “The meetings in Los Angeles were fantastic” said Director Zwelling, “it was so nice seeing familiar faces and meeting new potential families.” The open house meeting took place at the Glouberman home in the Beverlywood neighborhood, where many chanichim shared in talking about what they loved most about the machaneh.
Josh visited many schools while he was there, recruiting both chanichim and tzevet. Throughout the trip Josh spent time at YULA, Shalhevet, Hillel, Maimonides and Yavneh. Both grade-schoolers and high school students alike were excited to see Josh and spent time schmoozing about the upcoming summer and reminiscing about good times in camp. The kids from Harkam Hillel Hebrew Academy even invited Josh to watch them play basketball against the Kabbalah Center school after school one day. “The Staples Center should look into getting Hillel to play there during the NBA lockout because the “Hawks” are just as much fun to watch as the Lakers and the Clippers” Josh told the website.
Keep your eye on our website and Facbeook page for updates on Josh’s travel schedule so that you can make sure to meet him when he’s in your city.