Meet Camper Adi Orbach
"I learned that I’m part of a bigger group, of a nation."
Tzav Pius’s joint camp is the highlight of our summer. This year, two sessions of this once-in-a-lifetime experience are hosted at Neve Hadassah. At this very moment, the second of these sessions is running. The first session was a great success, and the kids report an excellent experience, full of new friendships, and lots of fun!
Meet Adi Orbach, age 14, from Jerusalem. She is religious, goes to Pelech Religious High School for Girls, and this was her second year at the Tzav Pius camp. This is how she responded to our questionnaire:
- Why did you decide to go to this camp?
Because I wanted to meet different kinds of people, and [whose] opinions [are] different from mine.
- Did you know about secular people prior to your experience at the summer camp?
As an Orthodox Jew, I didn’t know a lot about secular kids, I met some secular kids in passing, I was with them in after-school activities, but I never spoke with them in-depth about religion the way we spoke at camp.
- What was the most enjoyable thing you did at camp?
Kayaking at the bonding day! We learned to get to know each other better, and to see that people are usually different than your first impression leads you to believe.
- Did you make new friends?
Of course, I made really good friends. I was able to connect with the people I wanted to connect with, not based on whether they were secular or religious, but because they were nice and I had fun with them. And since the end of the camp we’ve met up a lot, and we talk a lot.
- What do your parents think of the camp?
That it’s a good idea that I open myself to new kinds of people and different opinions.
- What did you learn about yourself over the course of the camp?
I learned that I’m part of a bigger group, of a nation.
- What did you learn about Israeli society?
I learned that we’re all one nation, even with all of the different opinions, and the conflicts. We’re all Jews, and even people who don’t believe in G-d or religion are still part of the people, they’re still Jews like me. The camp teaches you about how to accept and respect the other, even itf they think and believe in completely different things thatn you do. It breaks stereotypes and shows you that even if you’re different from one another, you can still be good friends and live together; that it doesn’t matter what your friend’s opinions are, it only matters if she is your friend or not.
- Will you recommend to your friends that they come to this summer camp as well?
Definitely, it’s really fun and you learn new things.