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Global Teen Community


camp-kimama-logoIn summer 2015, we embarked on a new joint international Jewish teen leadership program in partnership with Camp Kimama in Israel, After a successful pilot year, we are excited to announce that our partnership with Kimama continues! Kimama campers from around the world will once again join Tel Yehudah campers during our second session for our Global Teen Community.

Camp Kimama is the first and the largest international summer camp held in Israel, with thousands of participants each year, ages 6-17, from 40 different countries. Twelve years ago, a group of Israeli educators and counselors, who had worked as Jewish Agency emissaries in the United States, together with a Young Judaean from the US, had a vision – to create an international Jewish summer camp in Israel built on the power inherent in ongoing encounters between Jewish youth from around the world. From this vision, Kimama was born. Based on the distinctive American summer camp model, their camps grew from year to year, turning “Kimama” into a household word in Israel.

This summer we are once again bringing the power of two great camping traditions together.

Our joint international leadership program, the first of its kind, caters to teens from Israel, North America and Europe, who will have an amazing time in our three and half week program at Tel Yehudah. The staffs of Kimama and Tel Yehudah – with a combined century of Jewish camping experience – have been working to make this an unforgettable summer for all of our teens

What’s in store for you this summer?

A values-based, enriching program that allows you to explore, discover, and build new friendships, while having the time of your life: sports, music, dance, nature, camping, ropes and challenge course, hikes, extended out-of-camp trips, and more. But, possibly most important: a chance to meet young people like yourselves from all over the world, who want to AND will make a difference by becoming the leaders of tomorrow, today!


Global Teen Community Programs

KFIR (rising 9th graders)

You’ll expand your horizons and develop your own opinions about today’s most pressing teen issues around the world in and exciting and fun way. You’ll also participate in our new and exciting, extended road trip to Niagara Falls offered ONLY during second session. Learn more about Kfir.

BONIM (rising 10th graders)

Get a taste of Israel’s beauty, brilliance and complexity. You will learn from Israeli, American and British counselors about challenging social and political issues, and get immersed in Israeli and Hebrew culture – preparing you to become an ambassador of Israel wherever you live in the world. Expand your horizons by choosing between five diverse Intensive Program Tracks (“Intensives”) to tailor your own summer experience. Learn more about Bonim.


Join a new generation of global Jewish teen leaders through a mix of general and specialized leadership training, practical experiences, mentor opportunities and in-camp internships. You will join Jewish teens from around the world interested in developing their own leadership skills, including Young Judaea regional camp graduates, as well as teens from Havurah and Camp Kimama in Israel. After completing Hamamah, you will be prepared to take on leadership positions in summer camps, youth groups and movements, schools and communities. Learn more about Hamamah.


To register directly through Camp Kimama and travel together from Israel please visit