Central Galilee and American teens learn about each other while having fun
at Camp Maas.
ach Firestone had never heard
a Bob Marley recording until
Boaz Grof shared his CD with
As campers stuck in the same bunk,
they both listened to music .— Eminem
— when they weren't tubing or water-
skiing at Camp Maas in Ortonville.
They looked like any other pair of busy
But Grof was one of about 150 lucky
Israelis who spent a few weeks this sum-
mer enjoying summer camp in
"It's a whole new experience," said
Grof of Kfar HaHoresh in Israel's
Central Galilee. "You meet a lot of
Americans. You learn about them —
they learn about you."
Kosher food and "all those prayers
are strange to Grof, he said. 'Almost
everything is different. Where I come
from we don't keep kosher."
Firestone of West Bloomfield said, "I
think it's good that we get to meet
Israelis and find out about their culture.
At night we talk about what happened
during the day, and sometimes we talk
This was the second year of a Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit pro-
gram that began when the current
Palestinian intifada (uprising) prevented
the Federation Teen Mission from tak-
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Above: Boaz Grof of Kfar HaHoresh and Zach Firestone of West
Bloomfield pack up. Both are 12.
Top right: Yoav Raban, 24, of Kibbutz Ramat David in the
Jezreel Valley served as Israeli delegation supervisor.
Right: Counselor Daphna Nog, 17, of Kibbutz Gazit and
camper Tamar Laitman, 13, of Moshav Kfar Baruch relax.