Oranim Educational Initiatives, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College Introduce “eCamp – Israeli Hi Tech Summer Camp” to the Ambassadors for Partnership Israel Summer Program for Philadelphia a

July 15, 2009

ALONEI YITZHAK, Israel and PHILADELPHIA, July 15 /PRNewswire/ — Oranim
Educational Initiatives, one of Israel’s leading tour operators since 1986,
the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia (JFGP) and the Jewish Community
High School of Gratz College (JCHS) announced today the addition of eCamp to
the Ambassadors for Partnership Israel summer program (Mifgash).

Since 1999, Ambassadors for Partnership has brought together American
students from the Philadelphia area with their teen peers from the
Partnership 2000 communities of Netivot and Sedot Negev with the hope that
participants will develop long lasting friendships as well as a strong bond
with the land of Israel. Mifgash traditionally comprises ten days in
Philadelphia and a ten day tour of Israel which includes visits to major
points of interest in the north and south, such as the Golan Heights and
Masada (http://www.jewishadventures.com/jfgp/itinerary.asp). This year,
however, for the first time, the participants in the Mifgash program will not
only spend all 20 days in Israel, but will also attend eCamp, a two week
Israeli Hi Tech summer camp.

“By choosing eCamp, we are giving both the American and Israeli teens a
chance to learn more about Israel from a fresh perspective and to enhance
their skills in terms of technology and leadership,” said Beth Razin, manager
of PIE: Philadelphia Israel Experience for the Jewish Federation of Greater
. “This change generated more interest in the program than ever
before. We had twice as many applicants as spots for the program.”

Forty girls and boys from Philadelphia, Netivot and Sedot Negev, double
the number from last year, will join a total of 120 campers, from 15
different countries including the US (NY, NJ, PA, GA, CT, OH, MA, MD, NC,
CA), France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Latvia, and South Africa, for the second
session of eCamp, July 27-August 8.

‘eCampers’ will spend the mornings and early afternoons at eCamp’s state
of the art laboratories taking three technology workshops selected from a
list of 20 exciting choices such as robotics, wireless game controls, digital
music, digital comics, video filming/editing and building a PC. They will
also have the opportunity to participate in computer games and thrilling
competitions. Late afternoon and evenings feature traditional overnight camp
activities including field and court sports, swimming, campfires as well as
cultural and special events.

“Despite the economic situation, the number of participants registered so
far for camp this year has been considerably higher than last year. We
believe this has to do with the uniqueness and comprehensiveness of our
deliverable. In addition to the daily activities, eCampers have the privilege
to tour leading technology companies such as Google and Intel as well as to
attend guest presentations at the camp by leaders of Israel’s high tech and
biomed community. eCampers meet face to face and are encouraged to engage in
an open dialogue with entrepreneurs whose inventions are positively impacting
daily life and medical practice worldwide,” said Dotan Tamir, CEO of eCamp.

Ari Y. Goldberg, Director of the Jewish Community High School of Gratz
(JCHS) in Philadelphia said, “JCHS has a long history of sponsoring
Israel travel programs for Philadelphia teenagers. We were thrilled when the
opportunity arose to co-sponsor this program as the eCamp component is very
unique and unlike almost any other Israel experience available. It is also
exciting that the participants will learn about another side of Israel which
is not really known to most American teens, namely the fact that Israel is
very much at the cutting edge of international hi tech.”

About the JFGP

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is a 106 year-old social
services organization providing support, leadership and a variety of services
to a Jewish community of 210,000 people. During an annual campaign and other
funding activities, more than 30,000 Federation donors provide the
organization with more than $28,000,000 a year, some of it earmarked for
three operational Centers, including one which supports community Israel
activities: The Center for Israel and Overseas (CIO). The CIO’s goal is to
strengthen ties between local Jews, Israel and Jews worldwide. At the heart
of the Center’s work is a passionate attachment to Israel. We seek to
strengthen these connections through Israel travel, as well as local
programming within our community. For more information,

About JCHS

The Jewish Community High School of Gratz College (JCHS), a pioneer and
leader in the field of supplemental Jewish high school education, currently
serves nearly one thousand students at 11-branch locations throughout the
Delaware Valley and Berks County region. JCHS also comprises the Service
Learning & Leadership Institute, a Department of Special Needs Education, the
Kenneth Rothbart Distance Learning Program for Teens, and the Satell Teen
Fellowship for Leadership and Social Activism. As such, JCHS is the largest
and most comprehensive supplementary high school program in the nation. JCHS
students feed from over 50 synagogues and as a trans-denominational school,
JCHS’ students, faculty, and staff come from all walks of Jewish life. JCHS
allows students to develop a sense of Jewish identity while increasing
feelings of belonging, loyalty and responsibility to the Jewish people so
that teens identify with the local and global Jewish community. For more


About eCamp and Oranim Educational Initiatives

eCamp, located at the Alonei Yitzhak Youth Village in the countryside
near Binyamina, is an international summer technology camp that offers an
unrivaled deliverable – a traditional Jewish overnight camp experience,
coupled with a state of the art technology education and adventure. eCamp
complies with all Israel Ministry of Education standards, and has
round-the-clock security. English is the official language of the camp.
Counselors are American and Israeli adults with specialties in a variety of
technology disciplines. All personnel have experience working with children
and young people. The camp is open to those ages 8 to 18; no prior
technological knowledge is required. Campers are divided into three age
groups: 8 -12 – Kilobyte; 13 -15 – Megabyte; 16 – 18 – Gigabyte. eCampers are
housed in comfortable residential conditions, four campers to an
air-conditioned room, equipped with washroom and shower facilities. For more
information, please visit: http://www.ecamp4u.com.

eCamp is a project of Oranim Educational Initiatives, a leader in
exclusive educational programs encouraging ties between Israel and the
Diaspora. Programs include: Mifgash, Birthright Israel, Women to Israel, Bar
and Bat Mitzvah, Holocaust Studies and eCamp. For more information, please
visit: http://www.jewishadventures.com/

    Press contacts:
    Beth Razin, JFGP

    Marjie Hadad, eCamp


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