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Kfir (8th Grade)

Our Kfir program equips Jewish teens to apply Jewish beliefs and values to issues they face every day…

Dates: July 24 -August 17, 2017
Cost: $4,450
For: Current 8th Graders

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The Kfir Experience


Join our Kfir program and begin your Jewish leadership journey this summer! There’s no better way to get ready for starting high school than spending your summer in a Jewish teen-only summer camp. Our Kfir teens learn about cooperative living and shared responsibility through living in a bunk with 11-15 other teens. In Kfir you can learn how to use Jewish values to make decisions around social issues facing teens today – from questions around gender and sexuality, to bullying, politics, music, religion, and social media. Kfir teens get all the expected fun of camp through regularly visiting our activity areas, bunk activities, our electives program, and camp-wide events.

Register for Kfir today and join the Tel Yehudah and Young Judaea tradition of leadership!

Program Features


To build Jewish identity, Kfir campers will:

  • Explore, critique and create Jewish rituals and practice
  • Learn the Jewish perspectives on issues they face every day
  • Participate in an amazing 4-Day Kfir Road Trip around the Northeast
  • Gain and develop skills through taking part in one of our multifaceted workshop program!
Trip Highlights

The Kfir Road Trip takes our teens around the Northeast on a tour of the sights and sounds that immerse our teens in cultural and natural wonders and phenomenons!

  • Go on a boat voyage with the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls
  • Go hiking and camp-out overnight under the stars
  • Visit the historic Woodstock site and museum
Sample Kfir 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 Kfir 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: Contemporary Israeli comedy Your staff has prepared an informal and fun educational activity to help you learn about Israel today through comedy
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 Tracks An opportunity to dive into an area of your choosing like sports, arts, peer-leadership and more
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?
  • girls

    Room 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 road trip (see trip highlights section above)
  • 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 Kfir 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 think outside the box about modern Jewish leaders, issues and concerns
  • Want to live with and learn from Israelis, American and British counselors
  • Excited to meet and live with Jewish teens around the US and the world

The Kfir program is only offered during second session. Are you an 8th grader interested in first session? Learn more about our Alumim program by clicking here.