Jewish summer camps all across the former Soviet Union wrapped up their programs for the year.

According to officials at the Beit Tsindlikht Children’s Educational Center in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine – one of many Chabad-Lubavitch institutions sponsored by the Ohr Avner Foundation and underwritten by philanthropist Lev Leviev – the experiences of its more than 80 pupils this summer echoed those shared by the thousands of children throughout Russia and the former Eastern Bloc countries.

“This year, the camp was very interesting,” reported Yehudit Baram, a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and director of the Children’s Educational Center. “Each morning, the day began with prayer, as it should for every Jewish child. Then, teachers led classes for the children, as well as games and other activities. We hope that the children gained a positive outlook toward many new experiences as well as new knowledge, and a burst of good health and energy.”

The camp at the Children’s Educational Center just concluded its sixth year of operation. Its day camp lasted about two months, during which time children went on outings to area attractions, including a puppet and clown revue, and an equestrian club where they had the opportunity to ride ponies. …