Although snow covered here in Barryville now, we are counting the days till Summer 2013 at Tel Yehudah. Register today and join us for another amazing summer at TY:
Monday June 24 – Thursday July 18
Monday July 22 – Thursday August 15
Information about fees and program choices can be found here.
Join us for a taste of Tel Yehudah this Sunday, April 28th, in New York City. We will be gathering past, present, and future TY campers and staff along with their parents and families for an afternoon of classic and current TY style fun in Tribeca, NYC. Please click below for more information and to register. This will be a great way to kick off the 2013 season. There are a limited amount of tickets and we are getting very close to selling out. So please register today!!
The brand new Tel Yehudah Video is here! Click to see and hear the magic of a summer at TY! Share with your friends and join us for an amazing summer in 2013.
Campers from CYJ-Texas love Tel Yehudah and want you to join them this summer.
Today is the final day in our offices at Hadassah House. For decades TY has wintered here on 58th Street while we summered in Barryville. Starting next week, we will spend the winters in the brand new Young Judaea offices on 8th Avenue between 38th and 39th Street. While our 800# will remain the same, we do have a new fax #.
We will also be closed on Monday and Tuesday – January 21 and 22 – in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday and for moving. We will be in our new offices starting on Wednesday but may have a few bumps in the road before all of our systems are up and running.
Please note our new contact information below:
575 8th Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
PO Box 69
Barryville, NY 12719
This summer. Tel Yehudah will make its debut on the West Coast with it’s newest program: J-Build Portland, a summer program for rising juniors and seniors to live and work in Portland, OR. A collaboration between Tivnu: Building Justice, American Jewish Society for Service and Young Judaea,
J-Build is an opportunity for teenagers to engage in service and pursue social justice in an environment that embraces their Jewish values. The primary focus of our work will be in construction and activities that address the fundamental issue of housing.
Tel Yehudah is very excited to partner with two innovative organizations dedicated to social justice and service. American Jewish Society for Service (AJSS) has been giving high school students the chance to put their Jewish values into action for 60 years through their transformative summer service programs. Tivnu: Building Justice is a new organization, founded by former Young Judaea national mazkir, Steven Eisenbach-Budner. Tivnu is a service learning organization that braids together advocacy for the fulfillment of basic human needs, Jewish study, and construction work and training in Portland.
J-Build Portland’s inaugural season will be June 26, 2013 – July 21, 2013. Learn more here.
How does TY celebrate Chanukah? By being selected for Slingshot, launching a new program in Oregon, registering hundreds of teens and much more!!
Chag Chanukah Sameach. Here in the middle of Chanukah, I feel blessed by both the light and warmth of the existing burning candles as well as the excitement and expectations of the days and candles yet to come. As a camp director, this month of Kislev affords me that same blessing – it’s a time of both looking back on a great past summer and getting excited about the summer to come. In the spirit of Chanukah, I want to share with you eight TY lights that are still burning or soon to be lit.
Light #1: We had such an amazing summer in 2012. I continue to hear from campers and parents about this past summer and the impact on their lives. I feel the light of Summer 2012 still burning in the friendships that were made, the actions that our campers are taking to repair the world, and the excitement about coming back to camp or spending the coming summer with us in Israel.
Light #2: This past summer Tel Yehudah and Young Judaea became independent from Hadassah. And while we continue to receive generous support from Hadassah, our independence has led to the establishment of a new TY Board and a deeper commitment from all of our alumni, parents and friends. The people who have stepped up to serve on the new board represent decades of connection and commitment to TY. It is a great blessing to have these dedicated Judaeans now driving the ship forward.
Light #3: Now going into its fifth summer, our Havurah program for campers from the Russian-speaking Jewish community has just been selected for inclusion in this year’s Slingshot Guide, recognizing the “50 most innovative and inspiring Jewish organizations in North America.” We are proud to be counted with other organizations that are truly changing the landscape of American Jewish life. Havurah will be opening registration next week for summer 2013. We continue to enjoy the great support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group, the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Jewish Agency for Israel for Havurah.
Light #4: We are excited to announce a brand new Tel Yehudah program that won’t even take place in Barryville: J-Build Portland. In partnership with AJSS (American Jewish Society for Service) and Tivnu: Building Justice, we will have a group of 20 teens living and working in Portland, Oregon this summer with a focus on pursuing social justice through service. Learn more about J-Build Portland here.
Light #5: With the generosity of alumni and friends, we successfully completed our fourth matching grant program with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Funds raised through our Chai Match program will help us better meet our growing scholarship needs as well as maintain and expand our facility. We are in the process of completing work on a new maintenance shop with funds raised through Chai Match. We are blessed to have such wonderfully generous supporters.Find out more information about how you can also support TY here.
Light #6: We are truly blessed with the an amazing committed group of staff every summer - young people who have grown up in Young Judaea and attended TY, Israelis who represent the very best of Israel, Brits who come to us through our sister movement, FZY and others who share our values and mission. Already, we have loads of staff applications for 2013 and we cannot wait to work with them this summer. You can join our team by applying here.
Light #7: It is amazing to see the commitments our campers take with them when they leave camp and demonstrate all year long. We are so proud to see so many of our TY campers involved in Young Judaea programs designed to help bring relief to the victims of Hurricane Sandy as well Katrina in New Orleans. As part of the “YJ Responds” Initiative, 40 Young Judaea teen leaders, college volunteers and staff came together this past weekend to make an impact, working with the Shorefront YMHA at Brighton Beach to assist local Jewish residents directly impacted by Sandy. Read the reflections on one participant, Sarah Benenson (TY Havurah camper) here.
Light #8: Every day we receive more and more camper registrations and staff applications for summer 2013. With the growing numbers of young people committing to join our community this summer, we get more and more excited for the winter to end and the light and warmth of summer to return to Barryville. Join us this summer by registering here.
May the lights of Chanukah bring warmth and hope to you and your family. We look forward to seeing you in Barryville soon.
David and the TY Team
We invite all current Tel Yehudah chanichim, alumni, parents, grandparents, staff, partners, community leaders, and supporters to a very special conference call briefing held last night on the situation in the Mideast with Gil Troy, a professor of history at McGill University and former TY merakez.
Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Israel. As we hear the news, read the newsfeeds, make phone calls and send text messages to our dear friends and family in Israel, we wanted to reach out and connect the entire Young Judaea family at this moment – a time of solidarity.
Please know that all of our chanichim, madrichim and staff on our programs in Israel are safe, and have asked that we pass along their enormous appreciation for the support that has come from the Young Judaea family here.
While Israel is always in our minds and souls, it is at critical moments like this that we fully recognize the bonds that unite us, the unity of our people, and the singularity of our purpose.
We will keep you updated about the steps that Young Judaea is taking in the coming days to ensure the continued safety of our Judaeans in Israel and opportunities for all of us to express solidarity with Israel. Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom – in every meaning of the word.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation Nor shall they learn of war any more Isaiah 2:4