This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Sherri Mandell
In Judaism, there is a midrash that explains that each blade of grass has an angel telling it to grow. All of us want to grow but sometimes we don't know how or in which direction.
As we plan for the 450 children who will attend Camp Koby this summer, we know that the camp will offer them a safe place to grow. Grief can paralyze a child when he feels there is no where to turn and nothing to turn toward.
Kids grow at camp because it provides them with both joy and a sense of belonging, a feeling of being understood and cared for.
Yesterday in preparation for camp, we had training meetings with our new Israeli counselors. Jackie Goldman, the Koby Mandell Foundation's therapeutic coordinator, explained to the counselors that bereaved children often suffer from anxiety and a feeling of loneliness. That the counselors' job was to listen-- not to give advice, and not to try to solve every problem but to be alert to the children's needs with curiosity and patience and an open heart.
Our prayer is that the counselors and the entire Camp Koby staff can serve as angels, supporting and nurturing the children' growth.