Tzav Pius Summer Camp
"The Tzav Pius summer camp has taught me the value of true friendship, about diversity, about people who really care about you, things that with no doubt will stay with me for the rest of my life" (Haleli Bushari from Modi`in, alumna of Summer Camp 2013)
“Hamachane Hameshutaf" (a catchy play on words of the Hebrew translation for Common Denominator) is based on the model of American summer camps and is designated for orthodox and secular teenagers, boys and girls, graduates of 7th-8th grades. The camp lasts 11 days and allows teenagers to disengage from their daily routine, and to become part of a community with a safe environment for building new friendships and learning about social values such as pluralism, brotherhood and mutual responsibility
The educational program, guided by professional counselors is intended to create a meeting place that encourages dialogue between teenagers who probably would have never met otherwise. This happens while hiking together, or through classes, in various group activities and culminating in the graduation show (with their parents).
During camp we celebrate a joint Israeli Shabbat together. Before the Shabbat, the teenagers participate in preparation activities, exploring the values and meaning of that special day. Together, they decide how to honor the Sabbath and each other’s way of observing the day, with the understanding that orthodox as well as secular Jews should learn to accept and support each other’s traditions.