Camp Tavor Glossary


Check out this extensive Camp Tavor glossary, which includes the inside scoop on all of our beloved Tavor-isms! At camp, we work to integrate Hebrew language throughout our daily lives by referring to various physical locations, age-groups, positions, roles, and activities using Hebrew. We use Hebrew as a way of connecting to our rich and robust cultural traditions and developing our personal Jewish identities and our greater sense of Jewish community.

Sometimes the Hebrew that we use at camp is pure conversational Hebrew and other times, it is Hebrew that has evolved within the Habonim Dror movement and is more unique to our own community! We always work to provide English translation in our materials (including our website!) to ensure that everyone – long-time Tavor families and new families  – can engage with the enriching way we use Hebrew at Tavor! We hope this glossary is a helpful tool.

Exciting News: Get the inside scoop on Camp Tavor’s adoption of the suffix “imot”!

Curious about our use of the Hebrew suffix “imot”?

In 2015, Habonim Dror passed a resolution at Veida (Habonim Dror’s decision-making seminar that takes place every two years) to make our Hebrew suffixes more inclusive of all gender-identities. In traditional Hebrew language, “im”  is the male plural suffix and “ot” is the female plural suffix, and a mixed gender group is referred to using only the male suffix (e.g. Bonim, Garinim, chanichim, etc).

Imot” was adopted in an effort to use language inclusive of all genders. Use of “imot” is a linguistic change that feminist movements in Israel have begun to adopt. We are excited to integrate this change within our Camp Tavor community, and we are doing so in partnership with the other Habonim Dror machanot (camps).

Beginning in the summer of 2016, we have begun to integrate the new gender-inclusive suffix into all of our camp language. We now refer to Amelim as “Amelimot”, Chotrim as “Chotrimot”, etc. We have been introducing the new suffix during hodaot (announcements) and madrichimot (counselors) and chanichimot (campers) have been integrating the new language into conversations and discussing the importance of inclusivity.

The new suffix exists to proactively welcome all chanichimot (campers) into the Tavor community and ensure that everyone feels included when we make references to a group of people. We hope that you can integrate this new suffix with your existing Tavor-isms and help us ensure that Tavor is a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming place for all people.

Have more questions? Out tzevet (staff) would love to talk with you! Give us a call or send us a note.

Check out this Washington Post article about the use of “imot” at another Habonim Dror camp, (Moshava).


Anaf The team of people working together on avodah (work) during the summer.
Asepha/ Aseiphot Meeting(s). Madrichim (counselors) have many aseiphot planning for an amazing Tavor summer!
Asepha Klalit Literally translated to “general meeting”. A time during Shabbat when the entire camp community comes together for conversation and to make decisions that affect the camp community. One of the main topics of discussion is usually the meaning of tzedakah. The chanichimot (campers) also decide where want to donate their tzedakah.
Avodah Work. The time after breakfast chanichimot (campers) spend working together around camp. Avodah helps chanichimot feel ownership over camp, and contributes to their feeling more connected to the land and the people with whom they work.
Bayit The house at the center of camp, used as a camp office and meeting space.
Beit Omanut Arts and crafts Building. Literally translated to “House of Art”. The Beit Omanut is the arts and crafts center of camp.
Breicha Swimming pool.
Chadar Ochel The dining hall, which is where we eat most of our delicious Tavor meals!  Many meals include produce gathered from our chava (farm).
Chanichimot Campers. The heart and soul of Camp Tavor.
Chug/im Special interest groups. Campers choose a chug from a variety of different options at the beginning of each session. These groups are tailored to specific interests: there is usually a sports oriented chug, a musical chug, and many other fun and silly activities for campers to choose from.
Construction/ Chalutz The time period before camp officially starts during which madrichimot (counselors) set up camp, engage in training, and plan out the upcoming summer.
Deconstruction The time period after the chanichimot (campers) leave. Madrichimot (counselors) evaluate the summer and help shut camp down until Fall Seminar.
Dugma Example. Usually refers to being respectful and setting a good example around members of the Three Rivers community when outside of camp.
Hyde Park A time during Shabbat that campers can stand up in front of camp and say whatever they want. Usually used to talk about how delicious the chocolate chip pancakes were that morning.
Ivrit Hebrew. As a way to engage with the Hebrew language on a daily basis, madrichimot (counselors) use Hebrew words when possible, as well as integrating Hebrew into announcements on the rom kal (camp-wide speaker system). Don’t worry if you don’t know any Hebrew before you come to camp, you’ll catch on fast and everyone is always glad to help translate!
Ken/Kenim Year-round Habonim Dror groups. Tavor has kenim in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Madison, Columbus, and many more locations!
Kesher Connection.
Kibbud Snack time in the early afternoon to ensure that the chanichimot (campers) are nourished for the rest of their busy day!
Kupa The system of sharing at Camp Tavor. Kupa is a way of binding camp together and sharing our emotions and learning, in addition to physical resources like money and flip-flops.
Kvutsah Literally translated to “group”. At Tavor, Kvutsah means much more than group. It usually describes the close friendships you form with the other campers your age, and the welcoming and open feeling being with your shichva (age group) brings.
Machaneh Camp!
Machsan Storage/tool shed.This is where we store all of the tools and equipment for camp building projects.
Madatz The counselors in training. The Madatz live at camp for the whole summer, learn leadership skills, and practice being a madrichol (counselor).
Madatz Revolution/ Revo A day where the Madatz “take over” camp and run themed programming for all the campers. An opportunity for the Madatz to learn about and practice facilitating programming.
Madrichol/ Madrichimot Counselor/s.
Mas Habonim Dror North America membership dues. These dues reflect and ensure Camp Tavor’s membership and ownership in our youth-leadership movement.
Mashatz The peer leader of a shichva’s (age group) tzevet (staff). They help the tzevet and chanichimot (campers) by providing leadership, mentorship, guidance, and supervision.
Matzil/a Lifeguard. Supervised by the Director of Aquatics. Many of our madrichimot (counselors) are certified as lifeguards so that they can provide safe and refreshing swimming experiences throughout the summer.
Mazkirut Leadership team (includes Rosh Machaneh, Merekez/et Chinuch, and Merekezei Techni) responsible for running camp during the summer.
Merakez/et Chinuch Education Director. Creates the tochnit chinuch (educational program) for the summer and and provides mentorship to madrichimot (counselors) on how to facilitate developmentally appropriate educational programs and activities.
Merakez/et Techni Technical coordinator/s who are responsible for the logistical running of camp as well as trips outside of camp.
Medurah Campfire, also the talent/skit show that takes place every Saturday evening.
Mirpa’ah/ Marp Camp wellness center. Campers with regular medications will visit the Mirpa’ah – conveniently located in the center of camp! The Mirpa’ah is staffed by two full-time health care professionals who are able to care for and support campers during the summer.
Mitriyah Literally translated to “umbrella”. The new giant gazebo located at the bottom of the Chotrimot shetach (living area). Often used as a peulah (activity) space.
Mesibah Party. There is usually a giant mesibah with dancing and other fun activities on the last night of camp as well as after special days like madatz revolution or special day.
Moadon Club house. Each shichva (age group) has their own moadon that they use as a hang-out and socializing space.
Moadon Machaneh (MoMa) Camp clubhouse. A large air-conditioned building used for programming or watching movies.
Moadon Madrichim (MM) Tzevet lounge. A relaxation and meeting space for tzevet (staff) that is one of few camp spaces not available to chanichimot (campers).
Musicale The musical talent show that happens Friday evening.
Ohel/im Lit. tent/s. Large, canvas tents with a wooden or cement platform that all chanichimot (campers) older than amelim (6th grade and up) sleep in.
Peulat Ohel/Tzrif Activity time with your ohel (tent) or tzrif (cabin).
Peulat Shichva Activity time with your age group. A part of programming every day, except on Shabbat.
Pinat Chai The animal area at camp. Literally translated as “corner of life”. In past years, we have had chickens, alpacas, goats, rabbits, and many other furry and feathered friends.
Rikud/ Rikudei Am Israeli Dancing/folk dancing (with some non-Israeli dances and songs as well). Takes place Friday evening with all of machaneh (camp). There is time earlier in the day for the campers to learn and practice any dances they are interested in.
Rom Kal The camp-wide speaker system used for announcements and music.
Rosh Machaneh Summer Director. Responsible for overseeing tzevet (staff), and managing most of the day to day operations of camp.
Shaliach/ Shlicha Israeli emissary. Some Habonim Dror camps have a shaliach/shlicha who works with camp throughout the year. Camp Tavor hosts madrichimot (counselors) from Israel each summer.
Sherutim Bathrooms. There is a bathroom in every shetach (living area) at camp.
Shetach Living area. The area in which a specific group lives. For instance, the area where all of the Chotrimot ohelim (tents) are located is the “Chotrimot Shetach”.
Shichva/ Schavot Age group/s.
Shira Singing. Also a time during the day when campers learn the songs we sing at camp.
Shituf The ideology of sharing and working together.
Shmira Literally translated as “guard duty”. Nightly walks by madrichimot (counselors) to make sure all chanichimot (campers) are safe and accounted for.
Shvil Yisrael Shvil Yisrael is the Israel National Trail that stretches between the Northern and Southern boundaries of Israel. At camp, Shvil Yisrael is a time for campers to develop a relationship with Israel based on connection and responsibility, and explore their connection to Judaism.
Tikkun Olam “Repairing the World” (Social Justice). Usually refers to a community service project undertaken at camp. Every session, each different shichva (age group) works closely with an organization in the nearby area to engage with, serve, and learn together with the local community. Tavor has worked with organizations like The Free Store, Ministry with Community, and White Yarrow Farm, among others.
Tochnit Chinuch Educational program created by the merakez/et chinuch (education director) every summer. It helps to guide the tzevet (staff) in creating their peulot (activities) each session.
Toranut Dining room work rotation. Chanichimot (campers) take turns helping to clean up the chadar ochel (dining hall), do dishes, and serve food at meals.
Tzevet Staff. The counselors at Camp Tavor.
Tzofiut Scouting skills. Often taught in chuggim (special interest groups) or peulot (daily activities).
Tzrif/im Cabin/s. Where the campers Amelim age (5th grade and younger) sleep. Even if they are sleeping in tzrifim, campers should make sure to bring mosquito netting to camp.
Va’ad Committee. Usually created in older schavot (age groups), or tzevet (staff) to plan a specific event or program.
Veida The Habonim Dror North America decision making forum that takes place every two years.
Yom Meuchad A Special Day at camp planned by the madrichimot (counselors). Madrichimot  throw  the regular schedule out the window and plan a beautifully silly and fun day for the full camp around a special theme. While the day is often a departure from the regular schedule, it is full of education and youth-empowerment, just like every other day at Camp Tavor!