– Mati Cooper, Teva educator
“There was no single moment that stands out in my memory as being the turning point for the group. But I am confident that the group that sat around the campfire our last night together was not the same group that had sat around that same fire pit the first night we arrived. We were more in touch with each other, more accepting of each other, and yet, also more sure of ourselves. We understood our Judaism a little bit better, and had learned a thing or two about nature. Our instructors from Teva were talented and helpful, and [our school’s teachers] and I helped a little bit, but that transformation was the work of our kids. They did the hard work of coming together as a group, and now they can reap the fruits of their labor. A community is not just a group of people who have shared experiences. It is a group of people who have a shared present and who wish to help each other reach a better future. Our kids learned that together on our Teva trip.”
– Rabbi Joel Pitkowsky
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