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 7, 2018
Cost: $2,500
For: Jewish teens who are in 9th-12th grades as of Fall 2018 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!

Program Features

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)

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

Time Activity Description
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?

  • camping

    Room and board for 15 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
  • 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