Ezer Mizion Summer Camps

Ezer Mizion Summer Camp for Special Children: Counselors stopping at snack bar to get cool treats for their charges and shouldn’t these 24/7 heroines get one for themselves, too?
Ezer Mizion Summer Camp for Cancer Patients and their Families: a vacation from cancer
Ezer Mizion Summer Camp for Cancer Patients and their Families: a vacation from cancer
Ezer Mizion Summer Camp for Cancer Patients and their Families: a vacation from cancer
Ezer Mizion Summer Camp for Cancer Patients and their Families: a vacation from cancer
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Building with Bricks

Special child joins the groom under the chupah

It’s a constant refrain at the wedding and the whole week of celebrating parties. Boneh bayis ne’eman b’Yisroel . The couple will build a new home based on Torah values. A home of yiras shomayim (awareness of G-d). A home of chessed.

To build, one must have bricks. One chosson (groom) brought his ‘brick’ to the wedding itself. He had begun forming his ‘brick’ many years before when he became a volunteer for Ezer Mizion’s Special Needs Division. Both at camp and during the school year, he devoted himself to the needs of this very special little boy. Ariel became the pillar that the child and his beleaguered parents would lean on. Ariel would call to find out how his special little friend was doing only to find he had a bad day at school when another child grabbed away his cupcake and gobbled it up. Moments after the phone was hung up, Ariel would appear at the door with a cupcake in hand and his trademark smile, accompanied with a loving hug.  Should there be a family simcha (celebration), the parents knew they could count on being able to leave their child with Ariel where they were assured of his receiving the love and attention with all of his needs met.

And, of course, there was camp where Ariel was his counselor. They knew their son was fortunate. Ariel was his counselor 24/7. Every moment of the day. A bunk consisting of one child who basked in his counselor’s love from getting him dressed in the early morning to a goodnight hug at dusk with tons of activities during the day geared just for him.

And now Ariel, at the cusp of building his own home together with his new kallah (bride), made sure to bring his ‘brick’ with him to the chasuna (wedding).  As always, his special friend remained close at his side with Ariel keeping an eye out to be sure he had a great time. During the kabolos panim, the dancing and even at the chupah, there he was the first ‘brick’ of their new home. May he and his kallah work together to create many more bricks and may Hashem look down at the home they are building and smile with nachas.

In 1988, Ezer Mizion opened Israel’s first summer camp for children with special needs. Since then, the network of Ezer Mizion special needs summer camps has grown to include 7 camps, over 1,500 staff members and volunteers and over 1,200 children with physical handicaps, brain damage, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism, blindness, deafness and emotional disorders. For these youngsters and their families, Ezer Mizion’s summer camps are the highlight of the entire year.

The camps, called “B’Lev Sameach” – literally, “With a Happy Heart” – have a full schedule of exciting activities, outings and recreation from morning to night, with all meals and transportation included. The children enjoy live entertainment, trips to amusement parks, zoos, and beaches, and visits to the Kotel and other special places. All of the children are paired with individual counselors who shower them with one-on-one attention, care, and love.

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SPECIAL REQUEST: HELP US HOST CHILDREN/TEENS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN OUR SUMMER CAMPS!

We currently have 12 children and teens with special needs who applied to Ezer Mizion’s summer camp but don’t have a way to cover the cost. For them and for their parents, Ezer Mizion summer camp creates lifelong memories, as it infuses their challenging lives with sunshine and fun in a safe adapted environment. It also enables their families a well-deserved break, to recharge and refresh.

Children/teens with special needs have retreat days entitlements from the Social Services Ministry which they save up the whole year to pay for camp. But these 12 kids come from the most difficult home situations. Their families have used up all the entitlements just to be able to keep going, long before summer was on the horizon.

Please help Ezer Mizion host these kids for summer camp. A scholarship to cover the missing funds is $800 per child.

We need a total of $9,600 to be able to accommodate all 12 of these kids and give them a great summer.

Sponsor summer camp for a special needs child – all or in part – today!

https://www.ezermizion.org/donate-to-ezer-mizion.html (Please write ‘summer camp for special needs’ in dedication field)

$
Deficit
$
Participant
Fees
$ Government FundingTotal
$ Cost
Total
Participants
Staff + VolunteersCampers# of sessionsCamp
$649,665$36,923$1,116,075$1,802,6633,0601,6501,4108Special Needs Children
$46,234$52,154$214,043$312,4311,150501,1007Mental Health
$892,308$0$0$892,3081,0901309603Cancer Patient + Family
$1,588,206$89,077$1,330,118$3,007,4015,3001,8303,47018TOTAL
https://www.ezermizion.org/donate-to-ezer-mizion.html (Please write ‘summer camp for special needs’ in dedication field)

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SPECIAL REQUEST: HELP US HOST CHILDREN/TEENS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN OUR SUMMER CAMPS!

We currently have 12 children and teens with special needs who applied to Ezer Mizion’s summer camps but don’t have a way to cover the cost. For them and for their parents, Ezer Mizion summer camp creates lifelong memories, as it infuses their challenging lives with sunshine and fun in a safe adapted environment. It also enables their families a well-deserved break, to recharge and refresh.

Children/teens with special needs have retreat days entitlements from the Social Services Ministry which they save up the whole year to pay for camp. But these 12 kids come from the most difficult home situations. Their families have used up all the entitlements just to be able to keep going, long before summer was on the horizon.

Please help Ezer Mizion host these kids for summer camp. A scholarship to cover the missing funds is $800 per child.

We need a total of $9,600 to be able to accommodate all 12 of these kids and give them a great summer.

Sponsor summer camp for a special needs child – all or in part – today!

https://www.ezermizion.org/donate-to-ezer-mizion.html

(Please write ‘summer camp for special needs’ in dedication field)

2021 SUMMER CAMP FRAMEWORKSleepaway/
Day Camp
# SessionsPARTICIPANTSSTAFF AND VOLUNTERS
Special Needs (boys, teens/young adults)Sleepaway2500550
Special Needs (girls/teens)Sleepaway2450550
Special Needs (Haifa, Northern Israel)Day Camp180120
Special Needs (Jerusalem, Central Israel)Day Camp1250350
Special Needs (Netivot, Southern Israel)Day Camp113080
Cancer (Patient + Family) – 3 RetreatsSleepaway3960130
Mental Health Rehab – 5 RetreatsSleepaway51,10050
TOTAL 153,4701,8305,300
https://www.ezermizion.org/donate-to-ezer-mizion.html

(Please write ‘summer camp for special needs’ in dedication field)

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