Avodah 2014 / 5774

Above and beyond  

The summer far surpassed my expectations for both my children who attended. Both want to go back next year and one wants to do a longer period next year (6 weeks) vs what he did this summer (4 wks). We are extremely happy with the staff and the communication from the camp. The effort everyone puts in really shows.|Everything – fun activities, good food, good jewish learning, megamot, safety, excellent staff, very well run, communication with parents

Moshava parent   
So well run  

Quality of activities far surpasses other popular overnight camp for Ottawa Jewish kids and we absolutely loved how hands on the staff were in caring for the younger kids. We felt no concern that anyone would be ostracized or bullied. The set up seemed to really encourage staff engagement with kids to ensure that everyone was included and having fun at all times. Moshava also does a beautiful job of encouraging kids of different ages of developing friendships, which we loved. And we loved that the kids feel a deep connection with Israel through the Israeli staff. We also think you did a superb job of communicating with parents and of allowing us to feel very much part of the experience with daily pictures, videos, etc. Compared to the experience that our friends had sending their kids to camp for the very first time, Moshava far surpassed them all. We heard stories of children not showering or changing their clothes, others of kids being very sunburned, complaining of bullying, etc. And there never seemed to be a real confidence that the camp staff was dealing with those issues. We felt no such concern with Moshava. We were very confident that our child was very well cared for.

Elana Aptowitzer

Elana Aptowitzer   
A summer to remember  

Vicky

I just wanted to send you a quick email thanking you and the staff of camp moshava. My daughter came home after her first summer at sleep away camp and I don’t know if her experience could have been any better. She was beyond excited to tell and show us everything about camp. When we asked her if she wants to go back next year her answer was 1000 percent . She showed us her sidder and played the yala habbi and other songs.

Thanks again for making it a summer she will remember

All the best

The Blaine’s

Moshava parent   
A big mitzvah  

Noam was in a particular situation, suffering from a critical illness. Yet Camp Moshava did everything in their power to allow him to experience some camp this summer, even though it was impossible for him to attend the entire session. They patiently followed all the doctor’s guidelines and never made him feel like they were doing him a favour. They showed only happiness in the fact that he could spend even a few weeks, and the staff did everything in their power to allow him to participate in those activities he favoured in particular. They were also incredibly generous in making it possible for us to send Noam’s little sister Adina for the full camp session. They showed us so much support through a difficult time and made us feel like part of the family. This is what they do. They go out of their way to make every member feel included, no matter the circumstance. That’s beside the fact that the activities, staff and facilities are top notch.|Camp Moshava really stresses that every member is part of a large family and it is not just a cliché. They really prove it through their actions. In our experience, we have truly felt the individual attention to each of our children, and that the counsellors, staff, bunkmates, and other kids really care for them. A major strength is also the joy that transpires in how the camp as a whole lives Judaism in such a positive way. The ruach is so strong and in turn strengthens the kids’ feelings toward their faith and their love of Israel.

Moshava parent   

Keshet Eklove

Keshet Eklove

Rosh Avodah

Hey Avodah!

Hi everyone!! My name is Keshet Eklove and I couldn’t be more excited to be this summer’s Rosh Avodah! Let me introduce myself: After growing up in Toronto, this past summer I packed up my bags and made Aliyah! I am currently doing Sherut Leumi (National Service) in Gush Etzion, and totally loving it.

After spending a summer at Moshava as a chanicha, I knew I needed to go back and be on tzevet. I had three awesome summers as Tzevet, the last one as a madricha in Avodah. I loved Avodah so much that I just knew I had to be Rosh Eidah.

Avodah this summer is going to be awesome!! We have incredible trips—3 day extravaganza anyone?— and amazing hadracha opportunities planned! As the oldest eidah in camp, I hope you you all bring your A-game with leadership and ruach. Be prepared for a summer you will never forget! And if you want to help me in the preparations, get in touch! I want to know all of your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions—email me at kesheklove@gmail.com !

I’m counting down the days and I hope you are too!!!! Get ready for a summer you’ll never forget!