The Dor L’Dor Impact

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    How has Jewish summer camp made you the person you are today? At the Cohen Camps, we think about that question every day. Recently I shared with our Dor L’Dor Counselors the article 15 Truths about Jewish Summer Camp That Made You the Person You Are Today and asked them to contribute their own truth. The Cohen Camps’ Dor L’Dor Israel and Leadership program is the capstone experience of our camps: during their final camper summer, the oldest teens (ages 15-16) from Camps PembrokeTel Noar, and Tevya gather for five weeks of exploring Israel, reflecting on their experiences weekly in letters to the younger campers at camp, and then returning for the end of the summer as junior counselors. We translate Dor L’Dor as “Generation to Generation,” because we see this transformative experience as a key pathway into adulthood and a lifetime of Jewish connection, values which are core to The Cohen Camps’ mission. Thank you to all the DLD Counselors who shared their perspectives! Here’s what they say:

    • DLD made me capable of facing adversity and becoming the leader I am today.
    • DLD made me more confident taking on challenges and stepping out of my comfort zone.
    • DLD helped me understand the importance of my Jewish identity in and out of Israel.
    • DLD helped me to remember to take the little things in stride and always try and see the bigger picture.
    • DLD gave me the confidence to act independently in situations of fun and difficulty.
    • DLD showed me the importance of believing in myself and taught me that if I can do anything I set my mind to.
    • DLD allowed me learn to take a step back in situations to achieve the bigger overall goals.
    • DLD showed me the importance of building community and how to work as a team.
    • DLD showed me that there are a multitude of ways to be a leader and how to successfully lead in a team.
    • DLD showed me how to go out of my comfort zone and explore new experiences.
    • DLD helped me understand my place in Jewish history.
    • DLD helped me find my voice.
    • DLD gave me confidence and helped put life challenges into perspective.

    In just a few short weeks, DLD 2015 will take off for Israel – and each camp will welcome dozens of brand-new campers just embarking on their Cohen Camps experiences. We can’t wait for each of them to have their own great DLD summer, and a lifetime of becoming thoughtful, capable, confident Jewish adults. Please come along on DLD 2015 virtually by following us on Facebook:

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