Hi Everyone, We hope you are doing well, keeping safe, and are as excited as we are about Machol Merkaz! The team, both here and in Israel, is working hard to prepare yet another wonderful weekend.
But we are also mindful of the latest developments regarding Covid. As you would expect, we are getting questions. So let’s jump in to this topic.
First off, safety is paramount and constantly on our minds. OSRUI managed to navigate the entire summer without a single Covid case among 1000 campers and staff. We feel good about what they have been able to do and will continue to do in terms of the precautions they take. (attached you will find their Covid protocols).
FAQS: Is Machol Merkaz Still Happening? – At this time, we are moving forward full speed with the assumption/belief that camp will happen as planned. Of course, this is subject to change based on the situation when we get closer to October 7 but for now we are good.
What Individual Precautions Are Required? – As you know, admission to Machol Merkaz is open only to those who are fully vaccinated for at least two weeks prior to applying for camp. There are no exceptions. We also strongly recommend getting the booster. On an anecdotal basis at least, this is surprisingly easy to do. Pharmacists seem to be anxious to get these shots into arms, irrespective of the “rules” which seem to vary by the minute anyway.
Will Testing Be Required? – The quick answer is we don’t know yet. But our best guess is that we will likely ask everyone to test within 72 hours of coming to camp. And perhaps we will do rapid tests at camp. This whole topic is under constant review for us. Do expect though to hear more about this as we get closer to camp. (It goes without saying that those with any symptoms from the usual list must cancel before even coming to camp.)
Will Masks Be Required? – Again, we don’t know yet. In Wisconsin, at a minimum, we will conform to whatever the then prevailing rules are for the state and for OSRUI. For our pre-camp Dance party in Chicago at the Northbrook JCC on the night of October 6, expect that masks will be required (if that is the then current county policy in our geography).
What Will You Do If The Israeli Guests Cannot Attend? – As you most likely know, Israelis have been traveling and we have every expectation that our guests will be able to join us; we know they are looking forward to Machol Merkaz as much as we are! But if they cannot attend, AND it is still safe to conduct the camp, we would expect to proceed with Machol Merkaz. Of course, we would find creative ways to deal with their absence including maybe arranging for some kind of remote participation. Who knows? There is a tremendous amount of talent among our leadership team and campers. We could still have a great time without them, although admittedly quite different. Presumably, we would also make some kind of tuition rate reduction available if this happens.
What Are My Individual Legal Obligations? – This is also a work in progress. But expect that you will be asked to sign a document that attests to your being Covid-free to the best of your knowledge. And assume that it will also include a “hold harmless” clause that will release OSRUI and Machol Merkaz from any liability associated with the situation.
What Is The Cancellation Policy? – The same as it has always been. You can cancel at any time and get a full refund (less processing fees) for payments you have made. Having said that, if the camp does happen, and you have to cancel for personal reasons very close to camp time, we may ask you to cover expenses that OSRUI may have to charge us on your behalf (such as the procurement of food), but we’ll figure that out at the time.
If you have further questions or comments, please get in touch with Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org or on WhatsApp at +1 312 519 8669
Hoping and expecting to see you all very soon.Stay Safe!
At camp, check-in begins Thursday, October 7th at 2PM in the Soref Rotunda and then moves to the Sports Center from 4-6. Meet and Greet at 6:45 in the Rotunda. Dinner at 7:30. The final dance event will be the Saturday night marathon which will run until the wee hours of Sunday morning. We'll say Lehitra'ot at a late breakfast Sunday morning.
THE REGISTRATION PROCESS - Use this site to submit your registration. NO WALK-INS WILL BE PERMITTED
Choose which ever "Ticket" matches your choice. (Note that you can click on the + button for a detailed description of a particular accommodation.)
When you complete your transaction, the system will send you an email, which means your transaction was successfully processed. However, we will confirm your registration only upon receipt of both payment and COMPLETED VACCINATION CARD INFORMATION. (send your vaccination card photo to email@example.com or Phil's WhatsApp +1 312 519 8669). We will provide detailed Covid protocol information when we get closer to October 7.
REGISTRATION FEES - Please be aware that the system will charge you a $3.50 fee per transaction. Depending on the payment option you choose, there may also be a fee from the payment processor.
For further information, please contact: Phil Moss or Penny Brichta: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Phil at 847.274.1809 on Whatsapp +1 312 519 8669 or follow us on Facebook at Machol Merkaz
The Camp T-Shirt
With big thanks to the amazing Carol!!! Machol Merkaz 2021 T-shirts are NOW available!
SEE THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.
A huge thank you to the Machol Merkaz Steering Committee for the great ideas and teamwork on this t-shirt! This iconic locator mark takes on new meaning for us this year as we gather to dance together on October 7-10, 2021, at Machol Merkaz. We have waited two long years to dance together again. The Machol Merkaz 2021 dance camp t-shirt —“WE ARE HERE—DANCE! BETTER TOGETHER” celebrates that at long last, we will be dancing face-to-face as one community.
In spite of the pandemic, or perhaps because of it, truly miraculous connections we made. We “danced virtually anywhere” during the pandemic thanks to the love of our community and the idea, hard work, and dedication of Phil Moss and other dance leaders around the world who alleviated the forced isolation which affected all of us. The silver lining that emerged from this experience is that we are now interconnected as a global Israeli dance community in a way we could not have imagined. We now know people from all over the world who we probably would never have met but who share our love—our passion— for Israeli dance. That is truly a blessing.
But although dancing virtually kept us connected, helped relieve our isolation, and kept us moving, Israeli dance is meant to be done together. So now, we take nothing for granted but we move forward with optimism. Because that is what we do—that is what we have always done. Machol Merkaz 2021 t-shirts will help us celebrate being together while simultaneously supporting Machol Merkaz 2021 scholarships. We are BETTER TOGETHER!
We would be very grateful if you would help us by getting the word out about Machol Merkaz. Please:
· refer your contacts to www.macholmerkaz.com
· invite them to reach out to us at email@example.com
· If you would like to share the flyer with your friends, you can download and distribute our flyer. here
· Contribute to our scholarship fund (see Register)
Thanks so much!
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