Alumim (8th Grade)

Our Alumim program equips Jewish teens to develop their identity and begin their leadership journey through engaging with our shared heritage…

Dates: June 24th-July 21st, 2020
Cost: $5,490
For: Current 8th Graders

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The Alumim Experience


Begin your Jewish leadership journey this summer by joining Alumim! There’s no better way to get ready for starting high school than spending your summer in a Jewish teen-only summer camp. Our Alumim teens learn about cooperative living and shared responsibility through living in a bunk with 11-15 other teens. Through our program, Alumim teens will use Jewish memory and experience to build Jewish identity and explore Jewish approaches to leadership. Alumim participants also get all the expected fun of camp through regularly visiting our activity areas, bunk activities, our electives program, and campwide events.

Register for Alumim and join the Tel Yehudah and Young Judaea tradition of Jewish Leadership!

Program Features


Alumim campers will:

  • Meet and live with other Jewish teens from around the US and world
  • Experience camp’s activity areas and special days
  • Explore their own Jewish identity today
  • Uncover the basic principles of Jewish leadership
  • Participate in a challenging and rewarding four day tiyul (hike) and camp out on the way to Niagara Falls and
  • Raft on the Delaware River!
Trip Highlights

The Alumim Road Trip takes our teens through Upstate New York on a 4 day trip culminating at Niagara Falls.

  • Go on a boat voyage with the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls
  • Hike and camp out overnight under the stars in scenic New York State parks
  • Visit the historic Woodstock site and museum
Sample Alumim Seder Yom (Daily Schedule)

Between trips and out-of-camp adventures (link to “trips and adventures”), special days (link to “special days”) and Shabbat (link to “Shabbat at TY”), a “typical day” at TY is not so typical. But this is what a “day in the life” of Alumim might look like:

Time Activity Description
8:00am Boker Tov (Wake-Up)
8:45-8:55am Mifkad Boker (Flag Raising) Greet the day by raising the flags with the rest of camp and our Tsofim (Israeli scouts)
9:00-9:30am Aruchat Boker (Breakfast) Sit with your bunk to start the morning together over a hot, fresh and delicious breakfast
9:40-10:20am T’fillot (Morning Prayers)/Alternative T'fillot You will partake in a meaningful camp-wide prayer activity led by staff and teens
10:30-10:50am 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!
11:00-12:00pm Visit Specialty Area Teens from your chug can either visit Omanut (Arts and Crafts) or Drama
12:10am-1:10pm Peulah: Prophets of Israel 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
1:20-2:05pm 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)!
2:15-3:05pm 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.
3:10-5:00pm 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!
5:10-6:10pm Visit Specialty Area Your chug can either visit Tsofiut (Israeli scouts) or Sports
6:20-7:20pm Bunk Time: Low Ropes Course Your bunk is heading to the low ropes course for bonding and team building
7:30-8:30pm Aruchat Erev (Dinner) Sit with your friends in other chugim and enjoy a themed camp-wide dinner
8:35-8:45pm Sikkum Yom (Daily Check in) You will check in with your bunk staff to review the day, experiences, etc.
9:00-10:15pm 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 trip that includes rafting on the Delaware, visiting Philadelphia and a 2-Day hike and campout
  • 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 Alumim right for me?

Yes! If you are…

  • Currently in 8th grade
  • Love camp or looking to try it out for the first time
  • Ready to start your Jewish leadership journey
  • Excited to trek through wilderness and visit big cities!
  • Interested in living with Jewish teens around the US and the world