Peoplehood & Community

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What would you do if one of your former campers or counselors were taken captive? How could your camp community take action on behalf of the hostages?

We’re in the midst of summer camp season, and we encourage camp counselors and staff to run activities with their campers on behalf of the hostages. Omer Neutra’s story can serve as a great personal story to connect them with the topic.

The Story of Omer Neutra

Omer Neutra, who was born and grew up in the United States and went to many Jewish summer camps is a story that many campers can identify with. He grew up very similarly to many of them- spending summers with other Jewish kids- playing sports, singing songs, celebrating Shabbat and doing color war! After high school, Omer went on a gap year in Israel and later on decided to stay and volunteer for the army. He excelled in his army unit, became a commander, and was stationed on the border of Gaza on October 7th. He was taken hostage on that day, and since then, not a word has been heard from him. 

Together with Omer’s family, we’ve prepared a “Fact & Resource” sheet about Omer’s Story, which provides camp counselors and staff with much information about Omer: his life story, his interests, his summer camp experiences, as well as his family’s advocacy on his behalf. It includes a slide show presentation and videos. We encourage facilitators to review the information on this pdf and decide which materials they’d like to share with their campers in order to connect them with Omer’s story. 

High schoolers Middle School Young adults

Camp Friendly Educational Resources

Below we have consolidated a list of all the educational resources on this website that can be adapted or appropriate for a camp setting. Please note the appropriate age groups defined in each facilitator guide. You may decide to only use the source sheets or only do the “Take Action” sections in some of the resources. Choose the ones that fit your educational setting and adapt them accordingly. 

The Story of Omer Neutra

Dedicate this activity in honor of

Alexander Dancyg 75
Alex is a scholar and historian of the Holocaust. He was taken from his home in Nir Oz.
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