by Rabbi Lauren Cohn, Camp Coleman Faculty
One of my favorite parts about being on faculty is working with the Mishlachat, the Israeli delegation, and helping them lead Shabbat Morning Services. Every summer 20 or so Israelis come here, and magically, and suddenly, the distance between Israel and tiny Cleveland, Georgia is infinitely reduced. The members of the Mishlachat hold leadership positions, are counselors, specialists, and Israeli scouts. Their presence here is nothing but profound. They infuse camp with such ruach (spirit) and pride for Israel; they teach the camp kehillah (community) about Modern Israel as opposed to Biblical Israel (which is for many all that they have previously learned); they make campers and staff members want to go to Israel because they put names, faces, and love with the word, notion and abstract of Israel.