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Eshbal

Wassup Tnua?!?! Coming at you from Karmiel and Kibbutz Eshbal, Israel. Our messima works with HaNoar HaOved in the Bayit L’Mada V’Emda Karmiel (the Bama)-the school for science and stance. The Bama is a school run entirely by HaNoar HaOved in the style of informal education (which we all know and love) for students who have no other options for schooling. Many have been kicked out of their previous schools or need to leave their homes for various reasons. Over half of the school’s chanichim are Ethiopian immigrants. Many of the chanichim at the Bama attend as part of a HaNoar HaOved run boarding school located at Kibbutz Eshbal. The boarding school at Eshbal is a place for chanichim who for some reason can’t be living in their homes. The boarding school is the last chance for many of the chanichim. Both the Bama and the boarding school strive to provide a safe environment for chanichim where they receive a value based education that instills them with many skills they will need later in life-everything from collective responsibility to horse training. Although almost all of the tzevet at the Bama are from HaNoar HaOved, our tzevet brings something unique by serving more as madrichim for our chanichim than teachers. We are currently trying to get our chanichim to question their connections to Israel, Zionism and Judaism. We have had a really interesting time interacting with the different kvutzot at the Bama-their responses to our first peulah ranged from asking us if we were Jewish to asking what Zionism means to us-try answering that question on your first date! The Bama is an amazingly accepting environment which comes as no surprise since our main guide there is Avner (who was a 56 madrich). In the afternoons we take a slightly nauseating taxi ride to Kibbutz Eshbal with a driver who is currently intent on teaching us Arabic. There we spend time working with the chanichim in various chugim, including dog and horse training, art, and music. In the coming weeks we are going to start running our own chug called Kef Anglit. We also spend plenty of time just chilling with the chanichim; we’re all becoming exceptionally skilled at taki and avoiding questions about whether or not we have significant others. Our tzevet enjoys quality time walking back and forth to the Bama in Karmiel, playing mini-golf and talking about ideology with our melaveh Tamir, and let’s not forget actualizing values through informal education!

 

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