What Did Kayitz ’21 mean to you?- An interview with Eitay Matityahu GanEl (Leviim ’21)
- How was your Kayitz ’21 at Yavneh?
Insane and awesome, from the second I came to Camp I felt I was accepted and really clicked with the American kids. I enjoyed my time at Yavneh very much. Right when I came back to Israel the only thing I talked about was my time at Yavneh and the great experiences I had.
- What was your favorite activity?
My favorite activity was Banquet.
I enjoyed it because it was the last night at Camp. Everyone dressed up and we had dinner. After we finished, we stayed up all night. This was so much fun. I felt like I was part of a group of friends who brought out the best in each other.
- Did you learn anything new?
I improved my English a lot. My social skills have improved a great deal. I learned about the value of togetherness and friendship. I learned a lot about American Jewish culture, and it was surprising to see the differences between the Israeli and the American. Americans are more polite and patient compared to Israelis.
- What was your best day?
My best day was the first week on Saturday. That was the moment I felt like I was part of the group. Especially at Kabbalat Shabbat and Relish. Singing and dancing together.
- Why do you love Camp so much?
I love the Camp so much, it was wonderful. I enjoyed everything from the Ben Tzvi to the Agam. Everything just felt right, as if everything was there for a reason. I do not think I have ever enjoyed anything like my summer at Camp Yavneh. My Chuggim (electives) were insanely fun, I learned to play tennis and basketball. Yom Israel (Israel Day) was so inspiring and explained the culture in which I live.
- Why do you want to return to Yavneh?
I want to go back to Yavneh because the second I entered Camp, straight from the bus, everyone was waiting for me and welcomed me and helped me take my bags and the Covid-test and took care of me. I met so many good friends and gained memories. I really miss it. I do not think I had even one memory from Camp where I did not smile or was unhappy. So, I think Yavneh is the place I really feel like myself. I am looking forward to next summer.