One of the most inspiring things that comes from working with children is being able to see the incredible potential that is waiting to be revealed. The Jewish Deaf Foundation definitely saw this in our contest for Israeli children. (For more information about the contest, click here.)
Throughout the course of the contest, dozens of Israeli deaf children submitted short videos that came before a panel of three deaf Israeli judges. They went through all the videos and selected one winning boy and girl each, who received a free ticket to fly to the United States and participate in our upcoming summer camp. The winners were Noy Balilty from Ashkelon and Eliran Ben Harrouch from Beersheba (pictured above together).
Subsequently, due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we were able to expand the contest to offer a raffle with four winners, who won free admission to the camp. The raffle was limited to those children who had participated in the contest.
The four winners were Lior Bibas from Holon, Yoni Rosenbalt from Petach Tikvah, May Avrahami from Holon, and Oren Shetrit from Rosh Ha'ayin.
Our camp is so excited to welcome these children, who will be serving as the unofficial ambassadors of the Holy Land for our other campers. They will be adding much Jewish and Israeli flavor to the program.
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest thanks to the sponsors of the initial contest, and the anonymous donor who stepped up to extend the scope of the contest to bring even more children to our program - a project that stands out as the only Jewish overnight camp in the world that serves deaf children. If you would like to help bring more children to camp, please do not hesitate to contact our camp coordinator, Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff. Additionally, you can make a tax-exempt donation here.
Special thanks also goes to the three judges who participated in this contest: Ortal Meir, Ruty Lefkovits and Liran Avnaim.