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What is Havurah?

Havurah (kompaniya) is a unique Jewish summer program at Camp Tel Yehudah designed especially for teens from Russian-speaking families. The engaging and enriching activities focus on Jewish history, culture and tradition with an accent on the participants’ unique Russian-Jewish heritage. It is complimented by a wide variety of amazing recreational activities at camp and travel in the Northeastern United States. Participants in Havurah will have a chance to deepen their understanding of Jewish culture and develop friendships with their peers within the Jewish community.

Why is Havurah special?

Havurah is the only international residential camp program that attracts teens from Russian speaking families from all over the United States, Canada and Israel. In camp teens will have an opportunity to share their experiences with American, Canadian and Israeli peers and make friendships that span across the globe.

Who is eligible?

Jewish teens who are in 9th-12th grades as of fall 2018 from Russian-speaking Jewish families.

What are the dates for Havurah?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018– Tuesday, August 7, 2018

These are the dates of the second session at Camp Tel Yehudah.

Where is it located?

The program will take place at Camp Tel Yehudah, located on 150 beautiful wooded acres on the banks of the Delaware River in Barryville, New York. Tel Yehudah is the national teen leadership camp of Young Judaea.

How much does it cost?

2 Week Session

Camper Year Amount Due If Registered Before March 1, 2017 Amount Due If Registered After March 1, 2017
1st $1,275 $1,525
2nd $1,575 $1,825
3rd $1.975 $2,225

3.5 Week Session

Camper Year Amount Due If Registered Before March 1, 2017 Amount Due If Registered After March 1, 2017
1st $2,950 $3,450
2nd $3,950 $4,450
3rd $3,950 $4,450

The program’s cost of $4,450 has generously been subsidized by grants from the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Genesis Philanthropy Group allowing us to offer grants to new families to the Jewish camping world. Grant availability varies based on the previous attendance of residential Jewish camp programs including Havurah and gradually decreases year over year.

Discounts include:

  • Early Bird Discount will be extended for Havurah campers and applied toward the tuition for every camper who has submitted an application for Havurah (for returning campers please submit a registration application)
  • Sibling Discount – $200 off total tuition amount is applicable for each additional camper from the same family
  • Referral Discount – $250 will be applied toward the tuition of any registered camper for every new camper registered based on his/her recommendation
  • Grants are available for second and third year campers
  • Air Travel Subsidies are available on a need basis
Is there additional tuition assistance available?

While we invest maximum amount of the grant into the tuition of each participant making the program affordable to all participants, we will also offer limited need-based tuition assistance. We also encourage you to look for additional funding in local Jewish organizations which may provide extra scholarship funds.

How can I qualify for additional tuition assistance?

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has offered generous need-based tuition assistance to Tel Yehudah campers. Hadassah members may qualify for additional tuition assistance when applying for Tel Yehudah tuition assistance. Becoming a member is easy! Simply register for an annual $36 membership and qualify for potential additional tuition assistance as well as the perks of being a Hadassah member.

How will transportation to/from camp work?

Campers from outside of the New York metropolitan area will be given instructions for making plane reservations to Newark Liberty Airport. Upon arrival they will be picked up and brought to camp by bus. Campers who live in the New York metropolitan area may be driven directly to camp or may be dropped off at Newark Liberty Airport to take the bus.

What is the application process?

If this is your first summer attending Havurah please fill out an online application for the Havurah program today. Those accepted to the program, will be given instructions for registering on our website and making payment arrangements.Those campers who’ve attended the program in the past are able to register directly on-line today. Space is limited in the program and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

For more information about Havurah: please contact Andrew Rekhels  at havurah@telyehudah.org or 917-595-1900 ext 252 (toll free: 1-877-HAVURAH).

Have questions about camp?

Visit Camp Tel Yehudah’s FAQ page for all other camp questions regarding:

  • Participant life and experience
  • Our teens
  • Our staff
  • Our facilities
  • Health, wellness and safety