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Camp Koby Allows Bereaved Kids to Heal – Naomi Grant (J. Post via Daily Alert)

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July 27, 2018

  • Camp Koby Allows Bereaved Kids to Heal – Naomi Grant
    Camp Koby, started by Koby Mandell’s family after he and his friend Yosef Ishran were killed by terrorists in 2001, now hosts about 400 kids each summer. “We saw that adults get a lot of support after a tragedy, but oftentimes the children are the silent victims,” said Koby’s mother, Sherri Mandell. “The campers leave with a sense of normalization,” said camp director Ami Haziza. “Their fear, their pain and their feelings are validated and that is the greatest gift we can afford them. While we can’t return their loss, we can give them the coping tools to deal with their bereavement and find strength in their daily lives.”
    “Camp Koby takes that one thing that no one else can understand and no one else knows how to deal with and makes that the common thing between them, and that’s what makes it so amazing, that they’re not different and strange anymore, because when you’re a bereaved child, you’re always different,” said head counselor Eliana Mandell, Koby’s sister. (Jerusalem Post)
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