Camp Gan Yisroel of Yeka, an overnight camp for Ukrainian kids, has been running for years on a campsite near Lviv, Ukraine. The children were forced to flee Ukraine this year, due to the ongoing crisis.
Famously, the Yeka children’s Gan Yisroel experience is the highlight of their year. And many believed that it would be canceled this year because of the war.
Living in a third-world country their whole life, the campers have always been singing genuine songs of the Geulah, yearning to go to Eretz Yisroel with the coming of Moshiach, and experience the Beis Hamikdash in real life.
Thankfully, the camp directors were able to raise the funds to fly all the campers out to Israel, where they spent the summer enjoying trips and exciting activities.
But the climax of their summer took place at the Kosel. Towards the end of the summer, the campers made their way from Kfar Chasidim, where their campsite is located, up to Jerusalem to visit the Western Wall.
To their great astonishment, a great gift was awaiting them there. TorahVR headsets with the world’s first interactive Jewish VR game, MikDash. Standing just feet away from Har Habayis, where the Beis Hamikdash stood, the Yeka campers stood wide-eyed as they entered the Beis Hamikdash in Virtual Reality and explored the entire environment, while they were in complete control.
For these campers, who just months ago were under siege by the Russian army, with bombs dropping all around them, to fly to Israel, ascend to Jerusalem, and enter the Beis Hamikdash, felt like a true Moshiach dream, turned reality.
The powerful emotions were tangible as the campers got their first true taste of a Moshiach reality, a world with peace and holiness at every turn. Onlookers from all around the world stared in silence with wide smiles as these children, who have faced adversity beyond comprehension at such a young age, gazed in awe at the experience.
They were even able to interact with the content by lighting the Menorah themselves. Exactly how the Kohen would light it 2,000 years ago.
The Yeka boys joined thousands of users who have experienced TorahVR in recent weeks, as TorahVR prepares to launch into dozens of schools this year.
Jewish schools globally are adopting the technology in their classrooms, with students using the headsets for one class per week to interact with fresh content, as detailed in Tzivos Hashem’s Yahadus curriculum, the content partner of TorahVR.
TorahVR enhances the learning experience by gamifiying the legacy Chidon course for 6,000 students across the globe and will be available to over 1,000 other Jewish schools this year.