Meet Mazkirut!

video by Sarah Joelson

Since Mosh is a youth movement, at group of tzevet (staff) members are chosen to be in charge. One of them is roshmosh (head of mosh), and this year it is Avi Edelman (second from right). Sarah Adams (on right) is techni tzevet (technical director), Bria Gray (second from left is techni chanachim (camper’s technical director), and Maytal Shmit is the merackezet chinuch (educational director). Mazkirut sangs this song about mosh and being on mazkirut to the rest on camp on Shabbat.

Meet: Ben Hollander


Ben Hollander

Goucher College; Philosophy Major

  • Why do you think Mosh is special?

One of the big things that make us special is our institutional memory. Almost everyone on tzevet went here as a chanich. We remember what made it awesome for us and we try to emulate our madrachim, while also changing things that can make Mosh better. Also, our madrachim come into the summer with set educational goals and they have the spaces and opportunities to teach them. I can’t think of many other places where eleven-year-olds get the opportunity to learn about labor unions and gender politics.

Socially, I have seen kids who might not be considered the “cool” kids in the regular world shine here. I’ve seen Mosh have such a positive effect on kids as they come back throughout the years.

  • Why do you work on tzevet?

It is a lot of fun. I can’t think of a group of smarter and funnier people I could be hanging out with. Also, my madrachim were such an enormously positive influence on me as a chanich that I wanted the chance to assume that role for the current chanachim. I plan my schedule around being here for the summer. I can’t imagine doing anything else with the time.

Meet the Madrachim: Gabe Katzman

Meet: Gabe Katzman

University of Maryland

  • Why do you think Mosh is special?

Mosh is an environment that is very accepting and inclusive. It’s where I was told I’m not different and that I’m a member of a community. It is a place where I could find my voice both literally and figuratively. When I was able to address the entire camp and they would listen, I became much more confident in myself.

  • Why do you come back to be on tzevet? 

It’s more than just wanting to work at camp, it’s feeling a necessity to give the chanachim the same experience I was given as a child.

Meet the Madrichim: Marlena Chertock

Marlena Chertock

University of Maryland, Major: Journalism, Minors: International Development and Conflict Management, Creative Writing

  • Why do you think Mosh is special?

Mosh is special because it is more than just having fun at a summer camp. Within my first year (Chotrim 2002) I found that we care about deeper things here, about the world, social justice, injustice, Tikkun O’lam (healing the world), about those who don’t have power or access or a voice, we learn about difficult topics and truth and discuss problems in the world and possible solutions. Mosh was the first place I learned about many problems with society, corporations and systemic issues. The education I received from Mosh greatly complemented my formal school education because I feel that I was aware of much more through Habonim and Camp Moshava, before learning about such topics in school. A lot of Habo and Mosh alumni go on to study humanities, sociology, psychology, philosophy, social work, Jewish studies, as well as completely different areas of study. I think what we teach and how we interact with chanichim (kids) is so important. We offer kids a voice, encourage them to have their own opinions and share them, to work with the rest of their shikvah (age group), to believe in the collective and the strength of a group, to work for equality.

  • Why do you come back to be on tzevet?

I came back to be on tzevet this year because Habonim Dror and Camp Moshava is an important part of my life that I want to continue to be a part of and give to. I have learned so much, been given alternative systems to think about, had leadership training, made friends, these kinds of lists for machaneh don’t have an ending. I wanted to be able to translate my passion and belief in Habonim values into working on tzevet. I wanted to be able to share my love of writing, documenting what happens and sharing events with machaneh and chanichim. I wanted to be able to spread the ideals and values of Mosh and Habo to parents and a wider audience. This year on tzevet I feel I was really able to do that as Communications Specialist, through this blog, taking photos and video of chanichim, interviewing other tzevet members about why they think Mosh is special and why they come back to be on tzevet, being in touch with parents, running a chug (special interest group) on creative writing and reading. There are so many ways to share your interests and talents with machaneh. For me, writing and journalism is such an important aspect of my life — it is intertwined with who I am. Writing is the best way I have to express myself, to help me understand events in my life and the world and to share stories with others. I love being able to share my writing and love of writing with others and being able to do that at Mosh this summer has been such an amazing experience.

Meet the Madrichim: Jake Hurley

Jake Hurley
  • Why do you think Mosh is special?

Mosh is special because of the people. There is a strong sense of community and belonging. One of my favorite parts of the week is during Havdalah and before we do the prayers we lay down in a circle in the Nof Spot and listen to relaxing music while reflecting on the week. Even during this personal reflection I feel very much a part of a greater atmosphere. Also, Mosh is wildly crazy. From the minute kids arrive at Mosh the Madatz (Counselors in training) are surrounding the buses, dressed up in wacky costumes and acting like they are completely insane. Finally, since we start at a young age working to break down the cliques of each shikvah (age group), all the kids know and love each other equally and see themselves as one unit as part of the whole.

  •  Why do you work on Tzevet?

I’m addicted. There is so much positive energy from being a counselor at Mosh. There is nothing I’d rather do with my summer.

Meet the Madrichim: Melissa Eisen

Melissa Eisen

University of Maryland, Major: Art Education

  • Why do you think Mosh is special?

It’s special because it cultivates positive, caring leaders, even kids that you think are just going to be followers. Kids who don’t have the confidence to lead or who others don’t push to lead learn the skills to lead and also how to express themselves. I also think it encourages kids to try different activities going into it with the intention that no one will judge them and there’s not a stress on competition. Kids can try out a sport or complete an art project without pressure or fear of being judged. Something else that I really love about Mosh is challenging power structures. Rather than saying you must honor your mother, father or someone older than you, we honor them because they have a lot of knowledge.

  • Why do you come back to be on tzevet?

I keep coming back because I feel this is the best place for me to make a difference. It’s the best community for me to work with. I can do Tikkun O’lam and educate kids outside of Mosh, but I know Mosh kids are going to be more open to acting on ideals and values. Other communities are very insular and they do things only with their community. What I think we’re trying to do at Mosh is reach out. Sometimes we’re unsuccessful, but our intentions are in the right place and because we value actualizing we’re working towards change more than other insular communities.

Meet the Madrichim: David Kanter

David Kanter

Ithaca College, Major: Drama

  • Why do you think Mosh is special?

It’s a place where people can feel comfortable with themselves. A place where they can explore thoughts and ideas in new and different ways. And it’s a comfortable environment to explore who and what you want to be. People accept you for what you are and don’t expect you to be a certain way. It’s an atmosphere where that is encouraged. You can be out of your element and do things you wouldn’t do normally. And the way we integrate education into what we do — we have peulot, we have times to plan out what we want our kids to come out of the summer with, we integrate structures of informal informal education and everyone contributes to a certain goal. It’s not school but you’re still getting a lot out of that from informal education.

  • Why do you come back to be on tzevet?

Tzevet is a cool new way to challenge myself in different ways. I also really enjoy being around kids and teaching them and interacting with them and having a positive and meaningful influence on their lives. This is a community that I’ve spent a lot of time taking from and learning from and I want to create that experience for a new generation.

Meet the Madrichim: Ethan Miller

Ethan Miller

American University, Major: Economics and Gender Studies

  • Why do you think Mosh is special?

Mosh is special because it’s a place where everyone can be who they are and they don’t have to be a different person in order to feel accepted and loved for who they are. And it’s the single most important place in my life in the last ten years and has ultimately changed me so much for the better.

  • Why do you come back to be on tzevet?

I want to be able to create the experiences for today’s chanichim that I experienced when I was a chanich. I want to be able to make their experience here at camp the best possible and make sure that they’re learning while having fun.

Meet the Madrichim: Jenna Turow

Meet: Jenna Turow

University of Maryland, Major: English and Education

  • Why do you think Mosh is special?

Mosh is special because it’s hard to find out why it’s so special. There are a lot of things at this camp that are offered at other camps but there’s a sentiment and atmosphere that you don’t feel at other camps. The people here truly care about each other and it’s a truly collective experience. Not only do we work and play together, but we also process and develop together.

  • Why do you come back to be on tzevet?

I came back to be on tzevet because I knew it would be just as fun as being a chanicha. I want to be a Jewish educator, so there’s no better way to spend my summer. The question is why work at any Jewish summer camp when I could work where I’ve grown up. I come back to give back, and bring to Machaneh what it brought for me as a chanicha.

Meet the Madrichim: Charlie Cauman-White

Charlie Cauman-White

Reed, Major: Undecided

  • Why do you think Mosh is special?

Mosh is special to me because the community is very accepting and encouraging of weirdness and creativity. It’s very noticeable and I’d say the funniest and most creative people I know have worked at Mosh or gone to Mosh. I think Habonim fosters creativity.

  • Why do you come back to be on tzevet?

It’s a place I feel very comfortable and was and still is special to me. I want to keep making it that special place. And the creativity and hilarity make me want to come back.