Canadian Friends of Mifgash Israel (CFMI) is a national not-for-profit organization that develops and promotes awareness of and financial support for the Mifgash Mitzvah Program at Camp Mifgash, Israel.
Camp Mifgash is an international overnight summer camp located at Kedma Youth Village in Israel. The mission of Camp Mifgash is to strengthen our camper’s Jewish and Israel affiliation at a critical junction in their lives, and cultivate future leaders in the local and international Jewish community. This will be accomplished through our uniquely designed flagship program, Mifgash Mitzvah. The Mifgash Mitzvah Program is a fun, educational, and exciting Jewish summer ‘happening’ in Israel based around a significant milestone event in Judaism – the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. There is substantial evidence that Jewish summer camps are instrumental in building Jewish identity, Jewish community, and Jewish leadership (CAMP WORKS: The Long-term Impact of Jewish Overnight Camp - Steven M. Cohen, Ron Miller, Ira M. Sheskin and Berna Torr). There is also evidence that cost is a barrier for Israeli and non-affluent North Americans to sending their children to summer camp. For these reasons we would like to present this opportunity to the most deserving Jewish children regardless of their family’s finances. Our unique program is designed to unite and bond young Jews from around the world and encourage them to learn from one another, connect with Israel and work together to create a more positive future for our communities. Campers will be given a deep understanding of the significance of being a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and celebrate this milestone with their international Jewish peers. Highlights will include group Parasha study, Aliyah at the Kotel and Masada, commemorative display (TBD) and group Bar/Bar Mitzvah party. The program will also focus on the principals and actions of ‘tikkun olam’ (‘repair the world’).
The premise of our programs is that there will be an even mix of Diaspora and Israeli children – hence the name ‘Mifgash’. The idea is that Diaspora campers will be paired with Israeli campers (Amit) to take part in specific activities.