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International Grants

J-Sport

J-Sport

An international Jewish athletic camp, J-Sport was created with support from Genesis Philanthropy Group.  

Its first program was organized for 80 professional and amateur teenage athletes from Israel and the FSU by Unifight (Haifa) on a camp ground near Odessa, Ukraine, in the summer of 2011.

The camp offers training in judo, krav maga, sport aerobics, and soccer. The program also gives participants an opportunity to combine sports with educational programs, by offering workshops on journalism, social media and applied arts. The program curriculum covers Jewish history and achievements (including those in sports) that are of particular interest to young athletes. An interactive approach engages youth in discussions on important issues of identity and life in Israel and the Diaspora.

The location of the camp grounds gives participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of Jewish communities of Ukraine, and specifically Odessa. Odessa street tours –evoking the names of the writer Sholom Aleichem, the poet Shaul Tchernichovsky, the artist Nachum Gutman, and Ze'ev Jabotinsky, one of Israel's founders – help participants better understand the contributions of the Russian-speaking Jewish community and its ties with Israel.

The international team of camp educators consists of professional coaches and experienced professionals in informal Jewish education. In the summer of 2012, camp hosted 110 participants from Israel, Russia and Ukraine.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Awaken and strengthen participants' Jewish identity, while providing quality athletic training and cultural education.
  • Give young Russian-speaking Jews an opportunity to learn about Jewish culture in the Diaspora and Israel.
  • Form friendships among Jewish teenagers from different countries.