By COLlive reporter
Keep your summer to yourself.
That is the message that faculty members of Chabad Mesivtas in Israel are telling the directors and head counselors of Chabad summer camps this season.
“It is absolutely forbidden for managers of camps, day camps and the like to employ students studying in Yeshivos Ketanos (going up to shiurim Aleph, Beis or Gimmel),” the Yeshivos wrote in a joint statement.
Yeshiva Ketana, also knows as Mesivta, is an educational institution that typically caters to bochurim ages 14 to 17, following which they graduate to a Yeshiva Gedola, or Zal / Beis Medrash.
The heads of the Mesivtas told the camps that their students should not be hired or used for any positions such as counselor and teacher, or kitchen and technical staff.
Instead, they are suggesting to bochurim to spend the summer vacation in Yeshivos Kayitz, a summer learning program that resembles the Yeshiva atmosphere, but with more leisure activities available.
One institution, Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim in Elad, has written to parents of their students that “we expect you, dear parents, to make sure that your son does not take part in these camps in any position.”
“We recommend the special programs of Yeshivas Kayitz in which the bochurim receive a spiritual dose of interesting lessons, lectures and farbrengens with the best of teachers, Mashpiim and Shluchim, along with various activities for the health of the body and for rest.”
Staff of Chabad camps for boys in Israel, as well as in North America, South America Europe and Russia, mostly comprise of Yeshiva bochurim who run the program with little or even no pay.