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Hamamah (10th and 11th Grade)

Our Hamamah: Leadership Development Institute is a global greenhouse for the next generation of Jewish leadership.

Dates: July 24 -August 17, 2017*
Cost: $4,450*
For: Current 10th and 11th Graders

*Two Week Leadership Seminar Only – $2,300 ($700 discount applies for campers attending first session)

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The Hamamah Experience

IMG_0004Join 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, FZY (UK) 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. You will also be eligible to earn a $250 bonus when you work as a madrich/a in Young Judaea (and other select) camps in the future.

Hamamah teens will:

  • IMG_4155Examine the basic ideas and questions that underlie effective leadership
  • Participate in intensive workshops, focused on gaining general leadership skills applicable in summer camps and other environments such as public speaking, planning and writing a peulah (activity), and leading games, group discussions and evening activities
  • Engage in a set of special interest leadership clinics of your choice including: sports, team-building activities, outdoor/environmental activities, creative and performing arts, programming skills and American Red Cross Lifeguard Accreditation
  • Lead a variety of activities for other campers at Tel Yehudah including most camp-wide activities on a specific Shabbat scheduled during the session
  • IMG_0726Travel to New York City on our Leadership Expedition where you will learn from leaders in their fields and put your new leadership skills to work with youth in day camps and other youth programs
  • Gain hands-on practical experience through an individualized camp internship where you will shadow and apprentice with a member of the TY camp staff
  • You will receive a Hamamah Certificate of Completion for the Leadership Seminar. The certificate will reward a graduate with a $250 bonus for a full summer (or $100 one session) if hired for a programmatic position at a Young Judaea camp in a subsequent summer. This bonus award will be paid by Tel Yehudah. (Tel Yehudah cannot guarantee employment by Young Judaea camps.)
  • Participate in all of the activities you love at Tel Yehudah such as tzofiyut, shira, rikud, sports, omanut, teva etc.

*You can choose to participate in the full Hamamah program (July 24th – August 17th) or only the Leadership Seminar (July 24th – August 7th).

At the end of the summer, campers will receive an official certificate marking their completion of the Hamamah: Leadership Institute.

Tentative Hamamah Schedule

Leadership Seminar (July 24 – August 7)

IMG_8429Week 1: Focus: General Leadership Workshops

Week 2: Focus: Special Interest Clinics

  • Sports
  • Team Building Activities
  • Outdoor/Environmental Activities
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Programming Skills
  • ARC Lifeguard Accreditation

Leadership in Action (August 8 – August 17)

Week 3: New York City Leadership Expedition: Hands on experiences and leadership role models

Week 4: Individualized Camp Internships

Trip Highlights

IMG_6436Our unique Leadership Expedition sends our teens to New York City to explore different models of leadership and to gain practical experiences working with various populations around the city.

  • Meet with Jewish leaders in a wide variety of fields – most who are graduates themselves of Tel Yehudah.
  • Develop and lead programs in day camps and other settings in New York City
  • Explore New York City including attending cultural events, visiting Times Square and touring key attractions
What Is Included?
  • IMG_6195Room and board for 25 days within our furnished cabins
  • 3 healthy, nutritious and kosher meals a day, plus stipend for snacks and treats from our camp canteen
  • 24/7 professional medical staff that can dispense first-aid and prescription medicines
  • 160+ dynamic and trained camp professionals
  • 4-day/3-night trip New York City including room and board, all activities, and transportation to, from and within NYC
  • 1/2 day rafting trip on the Delaware River
  • Regular laundry-service
  • Full time on-site 24/7 security services
  • Coach Motorbus transportation to/from Newark International Liberty Airport on opening and closing day for teens who will be traveling to camp by plane
Is Hamamah for me?

IMG_1211Yes! If you are…

  • Currently in 10th or 11th grade;
  • Interested in leadership;
  • Looking for a fun and impressive resume-building summer experience;
  • Open to to taking on real leadership responsibilities in camp
  • Love camp or looking to try it out for the first time and
  • Want to meet and live with Jewish teens from around the world!