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Counterpoint Israel: Evaluation Summer 2012
Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (YU-CJF) Counterpoint Israel Program is a Jewish service-learning program that aims to train and empower college students to run English language summer camps for Israeli teens in Israeli development towns. In the summer of 2012, Counterpoint operated in Dimona (fifth year) and Arad (second year) and expanded to three new locations: Be’er Sheva, Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi. In total, 300 Israeli teens and 58 American college students participated. Counterpoint aims to strengthen relationships between Jews in Israel and the United States by developing partnerships with local municipalities and other Israeli stakeholders. The partnering relationships are designed to produce benefits for the American and Israeli participants and all of the organizers of the program.
This evaluation focused on impacts on Israeli teen campers, American counselors, relationships and partnerships created, and long-term outcome and sustainability.
The evaluation is based on three focus groups with a joint total of 15 campers; 25 telephone interviews with randomly selected campers; 10 telephone interviews with parents of randomly selected campers; three in-person interviews with campers; and 19 telephone or in-person interviews with municipal and regional professionals, parents and former campers.
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Kopelowitz, Ezra. Counterpoint Israel: Evaluation Summer 2012. Research Success Technologies,Yeshiva University (YU),Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future (YU-CJF). September 2013: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=18033