Bringing the heat this winter season

Netzer maddies and channichimot at Clay Cafe

One of the highlights of the Netzer calendar is our Winter Hadrachah Machaneh. With our two oldest age groups, Shemesh — Grade 8s and 9s  and Keshet — Grade 10s to matrics, and our incredible group of madrichimot, we have an insightful and inspiring week planned, filled with Hadrachah training and much informal education on Reform Zionism, Progressive Judaism, Tikkun Olam and Youth Empowerment. Our theme for this Winter Camp is Nilmad V’Na’aseh (we will learn and we will do). We can’t wait to teach our channies the importance of this phrase as well as learn from them about how and why it is so relevant in their lives. 

Alongside our Winter Machaneh, we run another programme for our younger chanichimot from Grades 1 to 7, referred to as our Day Camps. This is where we introduce our chanichimot to the beauty of Netzer spirit, giving them tastes of Netzer values through informal education and fun experiences as we go on outings across Cape Town. With a city with such variety to share with the youth, we involve ourselves in all sorts of activities, such as: decorating pottery at Clay Cafe, roller-skating at Rollercade, going on hikes at Kirstenbosch, and much more. We bring the Netzer spirit to life by incorporating services and peulot into these activities, whether on top of the mountain or next to the dam at Silvermine. To end the week we will be having a sleepover to give the chanichimot a taste of camp and remind them of the fun, excitement and bonding element that being with your Netzer friends overnight gives. 

Written by Ghaim Atash and Daniella Beswick 

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