Camp Koby Summer in Israel Experience 2014

Camp Koby 2014


We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Dr. Gil Elmaleh will be serving as "Supervisor of American Programs" for The Koby Mandell Foundation.

Rabbi Elmaleh will be involved in all aspects of the CAMP KOBY SUMMER EXPERIENCE, including staff selection, supervision, training and program development.  In addition, Rabbi Elmaleh will oversee the implementation of all policies and programs and be available to provide guidance and counsel to staff and participants during the summer.

A little more about Rabbi Elmaleh -

Rabbi Dr. Gil Elmaleh is the Dean of Students at Yeshivat Torat Shraga, a post-high school program in Jerusalem.  He has worked in summer camps for more than 25 years and served as Head Counselor in Camp Simcha, Educational Director in Camp Lavi/Camp Mesorah and Camp Rabbi at The Koby Mandell Foundation's Camp Koby For Bereaved Children.  Before making Aliyah, Rabbi Elmaleh was the Director of Therapeutic Services at the Sinai Special Needs Institute and headed the Leadership Training Seminars at the National Council of Young Israel.  He currently maintains a clinical practice in Israel and has trained graduate students from the Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University.  He authored The Jewish S.E.L.F. for Jewish educators and clinicians and is the Founder and Director of Yair Leolam, a non-profit organization that aims to teach Jewish youth about the importance of doing chesed and becoming leaders in their communities.  Rabbi Elmaleh received his Ph.D. from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and his MA in clinical psychology from Long Island University. He lives in Bet Shemesh, Israel with his wife, Michelle, and wonderful children.

Camp Koby
The Camp
Koby experience provides you with an unforgettable opportunity to partner with Israeli teens as you reach out and help others in a meaningful, fulfilling and fun filled summer.

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The "Camp Koby - Summer in Israel Experience"

NEW and IMPROVED Program for Summer 2014.


*Size of Group: The size of any one group will not exceed 40 participants

*Camp Koby Options: A limited number of participants will be able to choose to serve as counselors for both sessions of Camp Koby for Israeli children.  
Those serving as counselors for one session will enjoy an additional week of touring.
*Touring Options: Participants who register by March 15, 2014 will
Have the unique opportunity of participating in the selection of specific touring locations and sites.
*Sport Nights: Specific nights will be designated as "Sports Nights " . Participants will be given the opportunity of attending sports clinics, open courts and competitions. Activities will include - basketball, tennis, weight rooms, aerobics and Zumba.


Camp Koby Sleepaway Camps are fun filled camps for Israeli children who have lost a parent or sibling to terror. This six week summer experience is an intense and meaningful opportunity for you to play a role in the recovery and healing process of Camp Koby participants.

During the camps, kids have a great time and feel free to express their feelings both to other children who experienced a similar loss and to Israeli and American counselors like you who are trained to really understand. In addition to regular activities, therapeutic programs are offered to help the campers cope with the trauma and other emotional issues associated with their tragedy.

Before and throughout the programs, you will take part in professionally designed training programs, as well as learn about groundbreaking new initiatives used at Camp Koby and other organizations that help children and youth in crises. These programs include theoretical and practical exposure to Animal Therapy, Holistic Therapy, Extreme Sports Therapy, Art, Drama and Dance Therapy, as well as visits to organizations such as Yad Sarah, Beit Issie Shapiro, Mada and Zaka.


In order to help you make the most out your summer experience and enable you to have an influence on your school and community when you return home, special Israel Advocacy Seminars have been tailored especially for the Koby Mandell Summer in Israel Programs. In these seminars you will learn to be an advocate for Israel and its special causes, as well as learn how to create effective and powerful presentations and programs that you can carry out when you return home.

Throughout the summer you will enjoy exciting, breathtaking and thrilling tours and hikes all over Israel. You will roll down sand dunes and swim through beautiful corals; hike through rivers, deserts and forests; visit inspiring sites that will connect you to your national and religious heritage, and be exposed to vibrant and welcoming Israeli communities.  

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