Update from NOAM Argentina, July 2009

Yom Ha'atz 09

NOAM Mazkir (General Secretary), Alejandro Cozachcow sent us this report on NOAM’s activities over the past 3 months.
NOAM in Argentina has been involved in many communal activities over the past few months, including the communal celebrations of Yom HaShoa and Yom Ha’atzma’ut in Buenos Aeries. One of our bogrim (graduates of the year-program in Israel) Jonathan Meta, was asked to give a short speech at the Yom Ha’atzma’ut event, which was a great honor for NOAM.

NOAM’s Dor Chadash community also participated in a Yom Ha’atzma’ut weekend seminar. I had the privilege of being invited to lead the Seder and Holiday services in the Masorti Kehila in San Luis, a city on the Western side of Argentina.NOAM has also been very active in educating our educators on the subject of the Shoah, organizing a lecture for madrichim (counselors) by Eliana Rapp from the Yad Vashem International School. This lecture was attended by over 80 madrichim, and was followed by an emotional Ma’ariv service.

NOAM madrichim (counselors) have also been taking part in MAROM activities here in Argentina. 3 of our madrichim facilitated programs at the MAROM Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Shavuot study session). At the end of ay, we were also very involved in organizing the Ramah Party, which was attended by more than 500 chanichim (participants) aged 13 to 16. Pictures of this event, and amny of our others can be found here.

The Darkei Noam Leadership Training program for young NOAM madrichim (student counselors) ahs also been making great progress. The young madrichim in Kita Alef (1st grade) have been working on game methods, leadership theory, and on a puppet-show with a Zionist theme. They will be presenting this show in many of the Masorti Kehilot here. Kita Bet (2nd grade) have been working on group dynamics, creative methods, and discussion facilitation.

Darkei NOAM also established a  Counsel of Talmidim (students) to promote activism and participation of the young leaders. The Council will initiate new joint projects for the students, including tzedakah activities, and will also be involved in developing the Darchei NOAM course.

Unfortunately, swine flu caused some of our activities to be suspended, including our winter camp and many activities in our kehillot. We are working creatively with all of the youth movements and with BAMA (an educational institution of the Jewish Agency in Argentina) to maintain contact with our members via email and our internet site. We have established a “virtual camp” on the internet (www.majanevirtual.com.ar) where a quiz game about Israel, Judaism and the Environment is taking place at the end of this month.

Alejandro Cozachcow
July, 2009