The conflict in the Middle East may seem far away, but that doesn’t stop one summer camp in Myrtle Beach from caring.
Chabad of Myrtle Beach hosts the annual summer camp called Gan Israel. It features Jewish-based activities for kids ages 5-11. Due the continuing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the camp has decided to write letters of encouragement to Israeli soldiers.
The camp’s Director Chanie Neparstek said many of the campers have family or friends in Israel, so it can be scary for them at times.
“We wanted to channel everything they hear into something more positive,” said Neparstek.
In addition, the letters help the kids feel more connected to their loved ones, despite being more than 6000 miles away.
“It gives them a good feeling to know that their kindness can actually help something that is so far away,” said Neparstek.
10 year old Roye Maman is attending the camp. His brother serves in the Israeli Army and is currently stationed in Gaza.
“He drives tanks and stuff. He always sends us messages about it,” said Roye.
He decided to return the favor and write a message to his brother thanking him for his service to Israel.
“I don’t get to see him a lot, so it really means a lot to me,” said Roye.
Neparstek said the camp has also created a campaign to increase kindness. They ask the campers to write down one thing they did that was good for someone else. She said the deeds are done in the soldiers honor.