Our Havurah program is uniquely designed for Russian-speaking Jewish teens to learn about their heritage, to evoke their curiosity about their own family history, and to build strong connections with other members of their unique community …
Dates: July 24 – August 17, 2017
Cost: 2 week session – $2,225 and 3.5 week session – $4,450 (grants are available for all campers)
For: Jewish teens who are in 8th-11th grades as of Fall 2017 from Russian-speaking families.
Join Havurah this summer and register now
The Havurah Experience
Havurah is the only program of its kind in the United States, which brings teens from Russian-speaking families from across the country and the world and strengthens their Russian-Jewish identity, culture, and heritage and allows them to build a community. For most participants in our program this is the first time that they are surrounded by 100 teens who come from so many different cities and yet they all have a shared background in common. And most amazingly, they are guided and mentored by bright and passionate young adults who also share that background with them. Camp Tel Yehudah is the perfect environment for teens to be in a balanced environment that allows them to focus on their Russian-Jewish background, while being a part of the greater Jewish community in North America.
Register for Havurah and join the Tel Yehudah and Young Judaea tradition of Jewish Leadership!
Apply to be a Genesis Fellow! Up to 20 second and third year campers will be selected for the Genesis Fellowship. To qualify, applicants must complete a minimum of 20 volunteer hours (above their school requirement) with a Jewish organization in their community or raise $300 for a Jewish organization. The Fellows will take part in a webinar before the summer to get introduced to the program and begin to plan special activities related to social activism and leadership through personal example that they will implement at camp. The Fellows will receive a $300 stipend in the form of a tuition credit, as well as a special Fellowship t-shirt.
Havurah campers will:
- Meet and live with other Russian-speaking Jewish teens from around the US and world;
- Experience camp’s activity areas and special days
- Have the opportunity to connect with and learn from trained Russian-speaking Jewish staff
Sample Havurah “Seder Yom” (Daily Schedule)
|8:00am||Boker Tov (Wake-Up)|
|8:30-9:05am||Aruchat Boker (Breakfast)||Sit with your bunk to start the morning together over a hot, fresh and delicious breakfast|
|9:15-9:50am||Masoret (Traditions)||Explore Jewish tradition and prayer through different lenses|
|10:00-11:00am||Studios||Explore your own story through a medium of your choosing - Video, Drama, Food etc.|
|11:10am-12:10pm||Peulah: The story of Russian Jewish Refusenikim||Your staff has prepared an informal and fun educational activity to help you learn about the history of Prophecy of Israel and relevance to today|
|12:20-1:20pm||Zman Bechira (Elective Period)||You can choose from a variety of recreational activities ranging from team sport activities, video-making, jam band, arts & crafts, Israeli dance, etc.|
|1:30-2:25pm||Aruchat Tsohorayim (Lunch)||Come for the delicious, healthy and kosher meal; stay for the Shira (singing) or Rikud (dancing) session in the Chadar Ochel (dining hall)!|
|2:30-2:50pm||Nikayon B’Tsrif (Bunk cleaning)||Check your bunk's work-wheel and see what your cleaning assignment is for today and get to work to keep that bunk spiffy!|
|2:50-4:50pm||Chofesh (Open Choice Activities)||You can choose activities and spend time with friends under general staff supervision. Specialty areas, including the pool, are open during this time to offer special options, so you can enjoy more of the activities you love!|
|5:00-6:00pm||Visit Specialty Area||Your chug can either visit Tsofiut (Israeli scouts) or Sports|
|6:10-7:10pm||Bunk Time: Low Ropes Course||Your bunk is heading to the low ropes course for bonding and team building|
|7:20-7:35pm||Sikkum Yom (Daily Check in)||You will check in with your bunk staff to review the day, experiences, etc.|
|7:40-8:30pm||Aruchat Erev (Dinner)||Sit with your friends in other chugim and enjoy a themed camp-wide dinner|
|8:45-10:15pm||Peulat Erev (Night Activity)||What's your “fun” group, evening activity tonight? Your chug is having a Mediterranean themed pool and dance party under the stars!|
|10:30-11:15pm||Peulat Laila Tov (In-Bunk nightly activity)||End the evening with this nightly activity to bond with your bunkmates and wind down before heading to bed|
|11:15pm||Laila Tov (Lights Out)||You've had a long, fun day and you need your sleep to get ready to do it again tomorrow!|
What Is Included?
Room and board for 28 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 out-of-camp trip
- 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 Havurah right for me?
Yes! If you are…
- A Jewish teen from a Russian-speaking family
- Excited to meet other teens who share a similar background as you
- Love camp or looking to try it out for the first time
- Interested to learn more about your Soviet-Jewish heritage
- Interested in living with Jewish teens around the US and the world
- Passionate about Israel and/or learning about Israel and meeting Israelis
The Havurah program is only offered during second session.
“Tel Yehudah; two words, millions of emotions, and countless memories. Tel Yehudah is not just a camp. To me, it’s home away from home. I can honestly say that the absolute best summers of my life were spent at TY. Camp may only last three weeks that, unfortunately, always go by so quickly, but the friendships created last a lifetime. Whether you become really close with a big group, a few people, or just one person, you are guaranteed a life-changing experience.” ~Veronica Gorenshteyn, Havurah @ Tel Yehudah Participant
“The camp was fantastic! Both kids can’t wait until next summer to go Tel Yehudah again! They returned home happy, more mature and with new skills to help their parents with household choirs. They learned some Hebrew words, a lot of Jewish history and we are very thankful to camp for that!!!!! Both kids made a lot of friends from all over the United States! [The teens experienced] Jewish education, Jewish ambiance and Israeli Russian counselors – they were fantastic, and great role models for our children.” ~Havurah Parent