Kaytanat Ivrit –קייטנת עברית
Hebrew Immersion Day Camp
About Our Camp
June 2015 marks our fourth summer running Kaytanat Ivrit, a two week, Hebrew Language Immersion Day Camp. Our camp is unique in that it encompasses all the typical activities of a regular day camp, but in an immersive, Hebrew environment, right here in Brooklyn.
Our Program: The Immersion Model
Hebrew camp is open to campers with all levels of Hebrew background. We have campers who learn their very first Hebrew words at camp, as well as campers who come from Israeli speaking homes. Our excellent staff and flexible program adapt to meet each child’s needs. In contrast to the school setting where students’ attention is divided among many subjects, at Hebrew camp children are more available to absorb Hebrew throughout their day.
All activities are conducted entirely in Hebrew by our native Israeli staff. Israeli culture is infused throughout the program through our staff, songs, food, and of course language. Past activities included Cooking, Music, Science, Art, Sports, and Israeli Scouting. Whether painting in art class or playing in the gym, campers are constantly exposed to Hebrew in myriad contexts. Campers are encouraged to speak Hebrew as much as possible throughout the day, both with the staff and each other.
Above all, we strive to create a safe, fun-filled environment, where children feel comfortable learning and expressing themselves in Hebrew.
A Typical Day and Trips
Camp begins between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM. Each day begins and ends with community gatherings. A typical day will include outdoor physical activity and programming in the arts and Israeli culture. Campers are required to bring snack and a packed lunch (dairy or pareve) every day. At the end of the day, each group visits the makolet (canteen), where they “purchase” a small treat using “sh’kalim” and their Hebrew language skills. The makolet, run by our oldest campers, is a beloved activity by the campers, and serves as an excellent opportunity for children to use language with each other in a real life context.
We go on two trips during camp. Past trips have been to the zoo, roller-skating, Pier 6, and mini-golf, providing yet another context for Hebrew learning.
Dates: June 15th-26th, Monday- Friday
Hours: 9:00 am-3:00 pm, with early drop off beginning at 8:30 am
Cost: $900 for first child. $810 for each additional sibling.
(Campers who must leave camp early due to over-night camp can contact the office).
Ages: Children entering K- entering seventh grade.
Camp is open to both Senesh and non- Senesh students.
Extended Care: Available daily from 3:00 pm -5:00 pm.
$200 for the full two weeks, or $20 a day.
Youngest Campers- Campers going into Kindergarten
Camp offers a unique opportunity for incoming K students to become familiar with the Hannah Senesh environment and meet new friends and teachers in a fun, low-pressure setting. We have had great success with our entering K campers in the past three years who tell us that it eased the transition to Kindergarten.
Oldest Campers- Campers going into the 6th and 7th grades
Hebrew camp offers our oldest campers a chance to take on a leadership role, both linguistically and socially. Our oldest campers set the tone in whole camp activties of morning sing, lunch, recess, and trips. They serve as older buddies to our youngest campers and also run our makolet (shop), which involves designing and organizing the store, setting prices, and interacting verbally with all the other campers on a daily basis.
Hebrew Camp is staffed by native Hebrew speakers from among our school’s professional Hebrew teachers. Our staff is what elevates our program as they truly know the campers and their Hebrew levels and bring years of experience and training in Hebrew instruction. Our professional teaching team is supported by outside staff and Shinshinim (emissaries from the Jewish Agency) from the community.
Meet the Director:
This is Shira’s fourth summer directing the Hannah Senesh Hebrew Immersion Day Camp. Shira helped to develop and launch the Hebrew camp from its first year. During the school year Shira teaches second grade Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Hannah Senesh. Her favorite part of camp is creating and experiencing the unique Hebrew immersion atmosphere. She is so excited to be leading camp again this year! For any questions regarding camp please do not hesitate to contact Shira at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hebrew camp takes place at the Hannah Senesh School in Brooklyn. Our building has a large gym, kosher kitchen, art room, and music room with instruments. Each group has its own home-base classroom, equipped with an Eno board, art supplies, and Hebrew games and books. We are located a block from Carroll Park where we enjoy daily outdoor time and play in the sprinklers.