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Grants in North America

Kibbutznik Jewish Family Camping Initiative

Kibbutznik Jewish Family Camping Initiative

Kibbutznik Jewish Family Camping Initiative began as an overnight family camp experience with preparatory and follow-up seminars for Russian-speaking Jewish families, organized by the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst, a center of Jewish community life in Brooklyn for over 80 years, which provides meaningful, enjoyable programs and services for families and individuals in all stages of life.

With support from Genesis Philanthropy Group, the 2013 Kibbutznik Jewish Family Camping Initiative connected young Russian-speaking Jewish families to their unique heritage and culture. The Initiative consisted of:

Family Advisory Committee: In order to encourage families to take responsibility for their Jewish practice, a committee was created, and the members helped to lead workshops and seminars and ensure that program content was vital and relevant to the target audience.
'Tastes of Ideas' Family Workshops and Seminars: Three preparatory and three follow-up programs focused on skill-building and sharing of Jewish knowledge with programs geared to both parents and children.
Kibbutznik Family Camp: Family programming engaged children in exciting Jewish programming, while skill-building sessions gave parents the tools needed to have Jewish conversations with their children and to live a Jewish life in the home.

In 2014, the Initiative was expanded to include monthly Shabbat programming around Brownstone Brooklyn, weekly 'Tots Classes' for children and their parents, an immersive Jewish day camp experience, as well as the large family camp.

Financial support for this program is provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group along with the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst.

Goals and Objectives

  • Create innovative and diverse Jewish family programming with a focus on the whole family.
  • Deepen participants' Jewish identity and sense of connection to Jewish peoplehood.
  • Empower parents to realize their own strengths and skills as educators, while serving as inspiring role models for their children.
  • Include participants in an ongoing conversation that will support and encourage a sense of identity among Russian-speaking Jews.

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