I'm linking to a testimonial titled, "Life After Zionist Summer Camp" from Allison Benedikt, an editor at The Village Voice. I'd like to preface it with a few comments.
I sincerely appreciate the author's earnestness which reminds me of the same in Phillip Weiss' testimonials. This will probably be taken solely as gratitude for ammunition provided, but that is not so. I view these people as fellow human beings who have the terrible misfortune of having been indoctrinated with a terrible ideology from youth.
The author briefly mentions Hadassah which is the parent organization of a large percentage of Zionist summer camps. Hadassah was founded by Henrietta Szold, the daughter of Rabbi Benjamin Szold. According to the Encyclopedia Judaica among other sources Rabbi Benjamin Szold, from Hungary, was expelled from Vienna for his involvement in the 1848 'revolution.' He later studied at the University of Breslau rabbinic seminary where he came under the influence of Zacharias Frankel, Heinrich Graetz, and (the son of Chief Rabbi of Hamburg, Rabbi Isaac ben Jacob Bernays) Jacob Bernays. We touched on the very influential, very revolutionary Bernays family HERE.
Rabbi Szold advocated a Judaism which allowed innovation in ritual practice but not in basic tenets. He advocated Zionism publicly from 1893. Rabbi Szold had no sons so his daughter Henrietta Szold "received the level of attention and education from her father that was usually reserved for a son." Henrietta Szold was, essentially, a rabbi.
Here we must review a topic touched on before. Like Moses Hess, Rabbi Isaac ben Jacob Bernays and other figures of the fake Judaic enlightenment (Haskalah), Rabbi Benjamin Szold also advocated a Judaism every bit as ferociously tribal as its Orthodox rabbinic root, only relieved of much of the crippling rituals and conspicuous identifying marks to facilitate its participation and advancement in the rapidly modernizing world. His daughter Henrietta Szold is the matriarch of Hadasssah which passes that brand of Judaism along to untold numbers of Judaic children at the many summer camps and youth programs it oversees. Within the Judaic community, pressure is very high for children to be sent to these summer camps. Money is not an obstacle.
According to the Encyclopedia Judaica:
Young people are drawn into the orbit of Jewish community through Hadassah programs like the Training Wheels Al Galgalim program which teaches parents and toddlers about Jewish traditions. Other programs for American Jewish youngsters include Young Judea clubs, summer camps, summer and year abroad programs in Israel, and campus based programs.
Hadassah ... was recognized in 2001 when the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) conferred on Hadassah special consultative status as a non-governmental organization (NGO).
Coincidentally (can you believe it?), Hadassah made money from the Madoff ponzi scheme:
Hadassah Reveals $130 Million Windfall From Madoff
Stewart Ain, The Jewish Week
“We’re looking for an opportunity to recover [from the Madoff and stock market losses],” says Hadassah President Nancy Falchuk. “Three hundred thousand women own this organization and we will come through this.”
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, may have lost $90 million invested with Bernard Madoff, but over the last 20 years it withdrew $130 million from that account, The Jewish Week has learned.
“We had no idea how much we had pulled out until a few days ago,” said a source close to the organization.
The source said Hadassah “went back through its books, year by year, to check all the records” to learn how much was withdrawn after receiving many calls from members upset with the $90 million loss.
“There are a lot of angry people out there,” the source said. “When we checked, we found that we did quite well — $130 million was withdrawn” since 1987 ...
Now, a testimonial from a soul fortunate to be leaving the orbit of the Hadassah racket: