by San Diego Jewish World
This week I would like to highlight an incredible teen who chose to do something pretty unique with her summer. Sydney Schenk is a rising senior at the San Diego Jewish Academy. This summer Sydney was selected to be a North American fellow for Camp Szarvas (SAR-vash), an American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) camp in Szarvas, Hungary. Szarvas is Hungarian for deer.
Camp Szarvas attracts over 1,500 campers from over 20 different countries including Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, India, Albania, Turkey, Israel, and the US. The camp has been central to Jewish renewal in budding Jewish communities within the region. By keeping the camp local and attracting Jews from around the world, Camp Szarvas is able to instill a sense of Jewish peoplehood that is unparalleled in the current Hungarian Jewish community.