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Jerusalem Newsreel no. 9

Summer Camps in Jerusalem

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Directed by: Unknown
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew
Footage taken from Jerusalem Reel 9, shot in 1969. Captured on film are young summer campers out and about in the Jerusalem summer. Part one features footage of summer camp children out in Jerusalem Forest which was planted by the Jewish National Fund and has since drawn countless locals in search of a leisurely pastime. The summer campers include many dozens of children jumping about in the woods and playing all kinds of field games. Also featured is rare footage of the swimming pool which, I believe was later incorporated into the Zippori Centre Guesthouse. As far as I’m concerned, this is for all intents and purposes a rare slice of local history, featuring footage of the then undisturbed area before all the surrounding hills were taken over by new neighbourhoods that gradually bit and sliced into the top and side of the mountain. The JNF’s planting spree injected a huge amount of green to the local Jerusalem wildlands’ otherwise typical rocky and rugged terrain (this, on top of having also been responsible for the takeover of several non-indigenous invasive species.) As children, we were grateful for these vast expanses of nature that were available to us thanks to all these greening schemes, especially in the summer when the abundance of trees certainly did have a major impact on the temperature in the form of several degrees’ difference between those in the shade and those who were out in the sun. Further into the segment, we have footage of the Israel Museum’s young wing summer camp – a place where a great many Jerusalemite children got to experiment in all kinds of artmaking at various classes throughout the year, and in intensive, themed summer camps over the summer holidays. As kids, the Israel Museum was a place we would often frequent, enjoying its many sections – the massive statue garden at the rear, the special wings dedicated to diverse art, and the youth wing where we were doted on to a fault and given the most incredible care and attention, complete with special exhibitions and a chance at experimenting with all kinds of techniques and raw artistic materials.

Over 11 thousand children from Jerusalem attended summer camps that were organized by the municipalitys Education Department over the last summer. Mayor Teddy Kollek takes a tour of one of the camps at the Zipori Center. The participants play, dance, and bathe in a pool. Some 200 other children take part in an art summer camp at the Israel Museums Youth Wing.

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