Keep an eye out for information about the 90th Anniversary celebration, coming up in 2013!
The Kinderland Kindershule offers a secular Jewish education, based on a rich heritage of history, culture and literature, rather than on religion. Our goal is to help children embrace their secular cultural identity, and to see how that connects them to others. The Shule curriculum examines various aspects of Jewish culture and heritage; these offer a philosophical base that leads us to seek and promote social justice in the world.
For children whose heritage is not exclusively Jewish, the Kinderland Shule is uniquely appropriate. Our philosophy is one of inclusion that draws parallels between the struggles of all peoples; to be complete, a Secular Jewish education must of necessity include other histories and cultures. Students learn to link their different backgrounds and forge their own identities, both as individuals and as part of a larger community.
"The most important thing I learned in my time in Shule was what it means to be a Jew…Being a Jew means to remember your heritage…It is to be sensitive to the plight of others…in addition, being a Jew means to be well-versed in politics and current events."Max Rosen-Long, student
Your children will study Jewish history, literature and identity. They will learn about who they are and how they got there, and draw connections across generations of ancestors. They’ll learn about Jewish roles in historical social movements, and how people have dealt with racism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry. And they’ll have an opportunity to absorb Jewish culture: stories, poetry, music, dance and the Yiddish language.
Very young children come on a special schedule to learn about the holidays through stories and crafts, songs, dances, and games. They add an especially joyful note to our celebrations of Chanukah, Purim and Passover!
A Shule education is a unique gift to give your children: the understanding that they are part of something greater than themselves – a community that they can both help define and help preserve.
The Kinderland Kindershule meets on Wednesday afternoons at 4pm in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. For more information, please contact the Camp Kinderland office.
Our Curriculum focuses on history and literature, with an emphasis on those events, traditions and ideas that nourished a sense of social responsibility and gave rise to social action.
It includes references to relevant parallel traditions, and seeks to apply the lessons of our past to contemporary events. Each week, music and dance, Yiddish and current events discussions enliven and enhance the academic curriculum. Holiday celebrations and special outings will include families and friends.
For children too young to read or participate in an academic curriculum, the Holiday Class will meet several times before Holiday celebrations (Chanukah, Purim, Passover) for stories, music, dance and crafts projects.
Located in Tolland, MA, Camp Kinderland offers over 300 acres of natural beauty combined with structures and murals dedicated to the memories of progressive struggles and movements past and present. A unique setting for weddings, reunions, conferences, and more!
Our dining room and playhouse offer space for gatherings of up to 300 people. Our facilities include a private lake with swimming and canoeing areas; several sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, hiking opportunities, indoor recreation hall, projection and sound equipment, and a whole lot more.
Accommodations range from tent camping to shared bunks to semi-private rooms. All buildings have electricity and indoor bathrooms and showers.
Catering: You can provide your own caterers or we can suggest some local options.
A liaison will be on call to help you and your guests find what you need to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Linens can be provided for an extra fee.
Laundry can be arranged for some events, depending on size of group and length of stay. Local laundromats are also available.
Rates: please call 718-643-0771
Please check out this slide show to see photos of our facility.Top
Camp Kinderland’s social justice efforts continue during the school year with the help of the United Council of Resistance (UnCOR). UnCOR activists, who are primarily youth from Camp Kinderland, have organized around the various problems with public education, military recruitment, globaization and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. UnCOR strives to keep young people from the Camp Kinderland community engaged in the fight for social justice.
UnCOR is made up primarily of high school students from New York City who are concerned with injustice in the world today. If you would like to lend your support to UnCOR you can email us.Top
We are have quite a few Kinderland souvenirs available, and more are coming. These items make great gifts, and by purchasing them you are supporting Camp Kinderland. Pictured below are a few of the souvenirs. If you would like to buy any of them or any others, please use the link below the pictures to download the brochure, fill out the order form, and send it to us. We'll get your purchases to you as soon as possible.
Camp Kinderland Bandana ($5)
Baseball Cap - Also in Blue ($12)
Kinderland Mug ($6 or 4 for $20)
Camp Kinderland is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. Camp Kinderland uses donations to keep the community vital and thriving. The money goes to our scholarship fund, and to maintain and improving Camp’s facilities and programs. All donations are tax-deductible and your support is greatly appreciated.
You can make a donation by using either the GoogleCheckout or PayPal buttons below. Or, of course, feel free to call the Kinderland office at any time to arrange another method.
The layout of the PayPal page can be a little confusing. After clicking the link below, enter the amount of your donation under "Unit Price" and then click "Update Totals". When the page reloads, then you can either log into your PayPal account or click "continue" at the bottom to enter your credit card information.
Beverly Gerowitz Vasquez Memorial Fund
The family of Beverly Vasquez appreciates any donation made to Camp Kinderland in her memory. Beverly was one of many members of her family to attend Kinderland both as a camper and staff member. Beverly's parents, brother, sister-in-law, children and niece and nephew are all Camp Kinderland alumni.
Beverly passed away on May 1, 2005. Because it was such an important place to Beverly, her family hopes you will consider making a donation to Kinderland in her honor.
Robbie and Carrie Vasquez, children of Beverly Vasquez
To make a donation in Beverly’s honor, please use the button below
Bernice Cohen Starr Scholarship