As an open and inclusive Jewish school, Senesh is committed to the rich mosaic of Jewish life and intentionally building this mosaic together with the larger Brooklyn Jewish community of which we are a part. Our core Jewish values guide all that we do and drive us to create experiences where every Jewish child is included and has a strong sense of belonging; where every voice and every story matters.
We are excited to begin Camp Kulanu as we continue building a community that values difference, fosters inclusion and belonging, and supports children and their families to be agents of change toward a more just world both within and outside the Jewish community.
Camp is open to children currently in kindergarten, first, and second grades in the 2022-2023 school year.
In celebrating the diversity of Jewish life, our goal is that half of the participant families will identify as Jews of Color to intentionally and expressly create a diverse environment and community makeup.
Jews of Color are estimated to make up nearly 20% of the American Jewish community, yet are significantly underrepresented in mainstream Jewish spaces.
We aim to create a camp community where at least half of the participants come from families in which a member of the family self-identifies as a Jew or Person of Color so we can build a warm, welcoming community that reflects the diversity of the modern Jewish people and Brooklyn Jewish life.
A Jew of Color can include people who identify as Black and/or African, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Latinx, or of mixed heritage.
We understand that racial identification can be very complex, personal and dynamic. Campers who self-identify as a Jew of Color or who have a parent/caregiver who self-identifies as Person or Jew of Color are welcome to apply!
Yes. The goal of our camp is to create a community that reflects the diversity of the Jewish people.
This camp is for families who are raising their children Jewish.
Yes. This camp is for families who are raising their children Jewish, regardless of which parent is Jewish.
Kulanu (כולנו) is Hebrew for ‘All of Us’ and at Camp Kulanu, we will build a community that is truly by and for ALL OF US and reflects the diversity of the modern Jewish people and Brooklyn Jewish life.
No. We may use Hebrew vocabulary, but children will quickly learn what these words mean.
No. Children from all educational backgrounds who are being raised in a Jewish framework are welcome.
We are seeking families who identify with the values of the camp and express that in their application.
Our goal is that about half of the participant families will identify as Jews of Color to intentionally and expressly create a diverse environment and community makeup.
Here is a sample of what a daily schedule will look like:
8:30am-9:00am: Early drop off period / Open Play
9:00-9:30am: Aseifat Boker (Camp-wide Morning Gathering)
9:45-10:45am: Chugim (Electives Block #1) or Group Activity
11:00am-12:00pm: Chugim (Electives Block #2)
12:15-1:15pm: Lunch & Playtime
1:30-2:30pm: Chugim (Electives Block #3)
2:45-3:45pm: Chugim (Electives Block #4)
3:50-4:00pm: Sikkum Yom (Closing Circle Time)
4:00-5:30pm: Extended Day Group Activities
Students must fulfill the requirements of the State of New York for all immunizations. Senesh requires all staff and participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and flu.
Proof of vaccination will be collected as a part of the registration process.
Masking is optional.
Camp will have a 1:6 ratio of staff members to campers, in line with (or exceeding) the age-based guidance provided by the NYC Department of Health for summer camps.
Camp Kulanu’s staff are carefully chosen and are dedicated, caring, experienced educators with a love for children, a commitment to our values and program, and who share our vision for a more diverse and inclusive Jewish community.
The camp tuition is offered to everyone at a reduced rate due to the generosity of the Covenant Foundation. For additional assistance please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campers must register for the full 4-day program. We are not offering partial-week registrations this year.
Tuesday, February 21 – Friday, February 24, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm daily
Yes, campers can be dropped off as early as 8:30am. There will be supervised group activities until the start of camp at 9:00am. There is no additional fee for early drop off.
Yes, campers can extend their day from 4:00-5:30pm. There will be supervised activities as a group and an extra fee of $100 total for the week for this option.
Meals are not included. Please send a labeled water bottle, a snack and lunch each day. Food brought from home must be dairy or parve, but does not need to be marked kosher. No meat or shellfish is permitted. Please send food that does not require refrigeration.
No, we are not providing transportation to/from camp.
We expect that families and caregivers of participants will join us for one event ahead of the camp week and one post-camp event.
We may also offer a family experience as a part of the camp week. All families will be invited and encouraged to participate with their campers, if they are able.