With support from: Ron Fisher and Lisa Rosenbaum / the Fisher Family Foundation, and the VIP Passover Yizkor Appeal.
The Counterpoint Kiryat Malachi Program is dedicated in the memory of Dr. Bernard W. Gamson.
The Dimona program is run with support Sharon and Avram Blumenthal.
The Arad Program is run with support from the Jewish Federations of Central New Jersey and Delaware and Neals Fund in memory of Neal Dublinsky.
The Kiryat Gat program is run with support from Jennifer and Saul Burian and Doreen and Beryl Eckstein.
Counterpoint Israel was a five-week Jewish service-learning program run by Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future, during which YU Students traveled to development towns in Southern Israel and ran English summer camps for at-risk Israeli teenagers. The program highlighted Israel-Diaspora education and aimed to nurture and grow a strong sense of Jewish identity within its participants through meaningful and much needed service work, leadership education and authentic and long lasting partnerships. The students forged meaningful connections that changed lives as they taught the teens English, ran a variety of workshops including art, sports, and drumming, as well as traveled on tiyulim together.
Students enjoyed a unique multi-dimensional experience that allowed them to reflect on their own Jewish identity on an intellectual and emotional level, while connecting to the local Jewish community as well. Panel discussions with local politicians touched on topics relating to history and anti-Semitism and gave students a chance to explore a multitude of thought-provoking issues in an effort to understand how German society confronts its history. Visits to the Jewish Museum of Berlin, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and several Jewish memorials also created poignant moments of deep reflection and opportunities to connect to the broader narrative of the Jewish people. The highlight of the trip was a memorable Shabbat spent in Leipzig, where students connected with the small but dedicated Jewish community, infusing energy and enthusiasm into the davening, which took place in the city’s only remaining shul; 18 others were destroyed in the Holocaust. The trip also gave participants a newfound sense of gratitude for the Jewish lives they are able to lead.
Students spent the summer in the following cities doing internships. South Bend Indiana, Kansas City, Kansas, and Houston Texas. The summer internship program offered students the opportunity to explore other cities and gained a valuable internship experience in their chosen field, while simultaneously worked to inspire the host community through torah learning and exciting programs.