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January 15, 1993 - Image 60

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-01-15

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Join us on



The ultimate Israel experience

Spend 10 exciting months working side by side
with the people of Israel on the program that gives you the
most opportunities to explore Israeli life.

You will:

• Study Hebrew on a Kibbutz

• Work on a Youth Aliyah village with children from all over the world

• Help resettle new immigrants at absorption centers

• Lend your services during harvesting season on a new kibbutz
or moshav in the Arava

• Live and work in Yavne, Detroit's Project Renewal city


• Tour the country

Now accepting applications
Limited space available


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Informational Meetings:
MSU Hillel - Wednesday, January 20
7:00 p.m.
U-M Hillel - Thursday, January 21
7:00 p.m.

For more information or an application,
call the Israel Desk, 661-5440

Shaarey Zeciek
Beth 34ety elect
1.114rsery School


Mow available for 9 weeks
Nine -14 Autgutst 13
For ages 2-6


Attention: Children of Kindergarten Age

We helve c Speciett Progreosi for Yot4 . With Weekly Field Trips

• Weekly Themes

• Mature & Craft Activities
• Music & Dance Specialists


• Parent-Toddler, 15-30 mos.
• Terrific Twos
• 44al1 & ft4ll Day Programs

---Extendedi-lows: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30

for information catl )anet Pont at 681 -5353 or
Rena Weintraub at 357 - 5544.

Counselor and camper interact.

ents. If anything is new,
it's the nature of some
activities, particularly at
those camps that special-
ize, such as soccer camp
or computer camp.
At camp, children are
exposed to activities it
would be impossible to
learn at home — horse-
back riding, scuba diving
and rock climbing, to
name a few. Says Bob
Ditter, a clinical social
worker in Boston, Mass.,
who serves as a colum-
nist for the American
Camping Association's
magazine, "To try those
kinds of activities and
have success at them in
a supportive environ-
ment does wonders for
children's sense of mas-
"Kids learn skills at
camp they don't learn
anywhere else," he adds.
"But more important for
kids is to learn how to
cope, especially in
today's world, and learn
how to be self-reliant
and get along with other
On visiting day, 9-year
old Benjamin C. waited
anxiously for his folks to
arrive. It was his first
experience at camp, and
he had been on his own
for two weeks now. When
they arrived, the trio
scoured the camp's beach
for the much coveted
green glass that could be
turned in for a Coke,
traveled into town for a
pizza, and checked out
the soccer field. Then it
was time to go.
Benjamin was being
left behind for two more
weeks. Head down, in

tears, the picture of
dejection, Benjamin
walked away as his par-
ents drove off. Within
minutes, he was happily
engaged in a game of
pickup basketball while
Mom and Dad felt guilty
the entire ride home.
One of the first lessons
camp teaches both chil-
dren and parents is to
deal with separation.
"The most important
part of this learning
experience at camp has
to do with the phenome-
non of letting go," says
psychologist Bruce
Muchnick. "If we step
back, it's reasonable to
view life as a series of

"Letting go is
inevitable and
desirable. Camp is -\
a way to practice
this skill."

Bruce Muchnick

letting go and coming
together experiences. It
begins at birth when the
umbilical cord is cut,
then goes to naps and
babysitters, and then
accelerates when kids
get with playgroups, day
care, schools, overnight
visits, retreats, summers
at camp, high school, col-
lege and into adulthood.
"We know letting go is
inevitable and desir-
able," he adds. "Camp is
a way for parents and
children to practice this
important life skill."
Still, some groundwork
is necessary to success-
fully conquer the fear of

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