Kayitz Kef

Hebrew at Camp

The Areivim Hebrew at Camp/Kayitz Kef program gives American Jewish youth the ability to converse in Modern Israeli Hebrew and to own contemporary Israeli culture as part of who they are. Hebrew provides rich and authentic content for one’s Jewish identity without necessarily requiring religious commitment. Kayitz Kef is at the forefront of a movement to inspire a new generation united by passion for Hebrew, Israel, and worldwide Jewish connectedness. This program is now positioned to ramp up and go to scale.

The Program

  • Hebrew at Camp launched in 2013 with 1 camp and 17 campers. In 2019, the program expanded to 12 day camps in North America with 625 participating campers. By 2024, Hebrew at Camp will be offered at 37 day camps and serve over 2,000 campers.

  • Campers experience between 120 and 200 hours of Hebrew immersion over the course of the summer. This is an intense content program with serious impact that gets real results.

  • The camper retention rate for Hebrew at Camp has been 64%.

  • Hebrew at Camp, in partnership with the Middlebury College School of Hebrew, is guided by the proficiency approach to foreign language acquisition, recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages as the gold standard in foreign language instruction.

Outcomes

Hebrew At Camp delivers transformative changes to the Jewish camp experience:

  • Deep Connection to Israel and Israelis: Camper interact with charismatic Israeli role models in an authentic and engaging way, creating a stron emotional connection with the life and culture of Israel.

  • Real Hebrew Knowledge: Campers learn to express themselves and communicate in Hebrew through the Proficiency Approach to foreign language acquisition and are soon enjoying the full range of camp activities in Hebrew. An independent evaluation of the project has shown that returning campers are able to regain the language ability achieved during the previous summer after only two weeks and are then able to grow to even higher levels of proficiency.

  • Transformed Perceptions of Hebrew Among Parents: Parents perceive that learning Hebrew can be fun and have even become inspired to learn Hebrew themselves.

  • Spillover Effect: Campers and counselors speaking Hebrew has an impact throughout camp, creating an Israeli cultural presence and engaging other adults and campers with Hebrew.

Download our brochure:

Kayitz Kef - The First 5 Years

For more information on Kayitz Kef, please contact Sharon Schoenfeld, Kayitz Kef National Director:

 

Phone -  (212) 792-6237

 

Email - sharon@areivim.org

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729 Seventh Avenue, 9th Floor

New York, NY 10019

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