« Aujourd’hui, le chef doit être celui qui est aussi tourné vers l’intérieur, celui qui saura cultiver sa vie intérieure profondément, qui saura se spécialiser, qui pourra acquérir une connaissance réelle et, chez les EI, une connaissance juive, qu’il dispose de quelque chose de profond en lui. Il est impensable du point de vue juif que le chef soit un parfait chef scout tout en étant, dans les autres domaines, un dilettante ou un amateur. il faut qu’il soit mûr, et alors son rayonnement aura une efficacité.» (André Neher)
Leader in Hebrew: Madrich (singular) – Madrichim (plural)
The best time to organize the Madrichim Commitment Ceremony is during the first weekend of school, during the Sukot Festival. This commitment is made to young people, their parents and representatives of the community that hosts the Shevet. It is a moment of emotion that ends with a joyfull campfire with songs.
This induction ceremony can also be organized at the end of a summer camp or a training course.
A Commitment to Training to Better Serve
After their successful participation in a first summer camp, the young leaders will publicly commit themselves to TRAIN to better LIVE, LIVE and CONVEY to their scouts the values of the Scout Law and their Jewish identity heritage.
- In front of his Shevet, the young Madrich makes the scout salute and pronounces his Commitment:
“With your help, I commit to train myself to better live, to help others live better, and to convey to others The Tsofim Yehudim Law”
- Once his Madrich Commitment is pronounced, he reads this quote from Chief Fleg, the rule of life of the Madrichim and Rovers:
“May the youthful creativity of the Eternal pervade your every moment, … Never in your religious practice, nor in relations with your family or friends, nor in the accomplishment of your duties as citizens or (wo)men, nor in your most humble work, nor in your most humble pleasure, may the cold mechanisms of habit extinguish in you the creative spark which was lit by the reflection of the divine.”
Then the Shevet Leader pins the Madrich Commitment badge on the flap of the left pocket of his/her chultsa.
“The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.” (Baden-Powell)