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bCOLEMAN:aVery well, gentlemen. It’s settled then. We’ll binform Rabbi Forman of his appointment immediately. bNow I think I hear Rabbi Eisenkopp coming.

b(Enter Eisenkopp, a smiling round-faced man with neat bcrew cut.)

bEISENKOPP:aGentlemen, I think that Mr. Forman’s . . .

bD:a(quietly): Rabbi Forman.

bEISENKOPP:aI beg your pardon?

bCOLEMAN:aUh, sit down, rabbi. There’s something we bhave to discuss with you . . .

bWe wanted to create strong Jews, strong in their faith and bpride and strong in their bodies. We wanted to create a Jew bwho would teach the world that “Jew” was not a synonym for b“victim.” That is why in May 1969 I decided that we must bopen a summer camp, not for fun and games, but to train byoung Jews to be tough in mind and body. Here they would bhave hours of Jewish ideology side by side with five hours a bday of karate training and two hours a day of learning how bto use weapons, rifles and handguns.

bIt was May and every other camp had already signed up bits youngsters months earlier. We had no youngsters, no bcamp site, and, of course, no money. No matter; it had to be bdone and it was. Bert Zweibon, with a pixie smile on his face, btold a National Observer reporter:

b“You know, the Red Sea didn’t open up for Moses to walk bthrough until he took the first step into the water. I told Meir bI would need the money for the camp one day and the next bday he had it. I still don’t know where he got it . . .”

bWhen things must be done they can be done, and faith is bnot a loose word. We got our camp and the secret was that I badvertised in the papers for campers before we had it. bWithin a week we had fifty youngsters who were charged the babsurd price of $150 for eight weeks. Since we had the byouth, we had to have the camp and we did.

bIt was a magnificent thing, a true revolution that startled, binterested, and outraged all kinds of people. But it was real band the following lines from the July 28, 1969 National bObserver describe it well:

b“Two lines of sweaty, grimy young men stood rigidly at b 

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