A Few Testimonials from Donors:
For more than 20 years, I have been involved in Hashomer Hatzair Canada. But the highpoint of my involvement was when my own two children became chanichim, madrichim, bogrim and now continue as adults to be involved in the progress of the movement. The principles of the movement came to life as I watched my children incorporate those positive values into their own lives. I continue to appreciate the impact that Hashomer Hatzair has had on my kids.
Youth leading Youth, a core value of Hashomer Hatzair, serves as a principle that helps shape the educational program. Through informal education and the leadership of those who came before them, they have developed into leaders who can continue to provide a supportive network for younger madrichim and chanichim who, in turn, will become the leaders of the next generation.
- Ruth G. Roth (Parent)
I like to think that I am who I am today due, at least in part, to my time in Hashomer Hatzair. I joined the movement with my sisters in the 1970’s mostly because our parents wanted us to have some connection to other Jews. My mom and aunt had been in the movement in their youth and so it was familiar to our family.
Hashomer Hatzair and Camp Shomria in my day were awesome, much like they are today! My Kvutza was a mix of all types of personalities and everyone was accepted and loved for who we were. I was free to be myself, and was able to fit in, something that can be difficult for young people to do in school, both back then and today... I am thrilled and proud that my 2 sons are now a part of HH... I am excited to be involved in HH again, as a parent, member of the Parent’s Committee and Board member. Since my kids have been part of HH, for the past 3 years, I have happily reconnected with friends and Kvutza mates from the past, and made some wonderful new friends as well.
-Mara Mazer (Parent and Graduate)
A Few Testimonials from Recent Graduates:
I started going to Camp Shomria at the tender age of eight and now, 12 years later it is clear to me how much this summer camp has shaped my personality and the decisions I have made in the past couple of years. Shomria is a magical place, and an environment that I believe is impossible to recreate, despite my best efforts. It is a place where each chanich is valued for who they are, and for having their own opinions, which in turn teaches our chanichim to respect others and their opinions, even if it is different from their own, which is an important lesson to learn at a young age. Moreover, there is nothing more empowering than being ten years old and having people listen to you. Camp I Shomria truly does shape its chanichim into leaders; strong, autonomous and aware individuals.
- Mira Zeldin
My summers at Camp Shomria were some of the best memories of my life. I remember the excitement of preparing for camp, knowing that I would be spending a whole summer surrounded by friends. My summers as a chanicha were completely care-free and innocent. As I grew and became a madricha, my role at Camp Shomria changed entirely. My summers became filled with responsibility and dugma (leading by example). It was in these years that my experiences at camp helped me grow into the person that I am today. I learned the skills of being a team member. I learned the value of my peers’ opinions, no matter how dissimilar they may be from my own. I learned to accept people for who they are, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnicity. I also embraced myself as an individual, which has been an unbelievable asset to me. My summers at Camp Shomria were invaluable, and I will always look back at them and smile.
- Dr. Jacquie Schwartz
Hashomer Hatzair has influenced every aspect of my life. It has made me an educator, an activist, an engaged citizen, a Jew with understanding, a supporter of peace.
- David Berkal