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Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

At most American Jewish summer camps, programs are conducted primarily in English, but the environment is infused with Hebrew words, signs, songs, and activities. Hebrew-English sentences are common: “Madrichim [counselors], please bring your chanichim [campers] to the teatron [theater] immediately after Birkat Hamazon [Grace After Meals].” Why do some camps infuse Hebrew in these unusual ways? How do participants feel about this language mixing? This talk draws from Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps, Dr. Benor’s most recent book.

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