Camp lets Guatemalans Experience Jewish life

Four teenagers from Casa Hillel in Guatemala went to Jewish summer camp in Indiana this summer. Two of the teens, and their chaperone, are children of the President of Casa Hillel. For anyone with an interest in things Guatemalan and Jewish, visit their website at This is a great opportunity for the kids . . . and a great, wonderful, warm and inviting Jewish community in Guatemala City.

Camp lets Guatemalans experience Jewish life: 4 teens develop bonds during Munster program
By Lu Ann Franklin – Times Correspondent | Posted: Monday, July 20, 2009

MUNSTER | Four teens from Guatemala are experiencing Jewish traditions and life in America’s Midwest during summer camp at the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana.

Rebeca Orantes, 13, and her 14-year-old brother, Ismael, arrived from Guatemala City on July 5 along with Mario Valdez, 14, and his brother, Isaac, 16. Each is staying with a host family until the camp ends in late July. Michael Steinberg, the Jewish Federation’s executive director, invited the teens to the JCY Day Camp after a visit to Guatemala.