I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. It is without a doubt that we are going through an unprecedented time right now and Kibbutznik Summer Camp is grateful to so many in our community who are on the frontlines every day – medical, emergency and essential staff. On behalf of all of us at Marks JCH and Kibbutznik: JCH in Park Slope – we say THANK YOU and STAY SAFE!
Like many of you, we are monitoring all updates closely, and are aware school closures until the end of the academic year. With that said, we are in close communication with the city’s department of health officials, and our sister organizations, and have no indication as of now that camp operations will be affected. We are working hard on advocating for safety measures for camps, so we can open as planned and provide a fun, engaging, and educational program that the children need more than ever. We will work with every family to ensure that Kibbutznik Camp 2020 is safe, is what you need, and for many of our returning campers, what you look forward to every year.
We are committed to staying in close communication with each of you. This includes any updates to camp or any struggles your family may be experiencing.
Please stay safe and healthy
Marks JCH is proud to have welcomed two classrooms full of children to our premier Russian-language immersion Jewish Summer Day Camp program this past summer.
It was a delight to observe children yearning to learn each day. Kibbutznik camp is a progressive educational environment in which every activity and interaction offers a chance for fun and learning through games. Campers are exploring the world around them and within them through creative themes using well-known Russian-Jewish fairy tales.
Camp components included art exploration; the children engaged with a variety of materials, expressing themselves in new ways physically, as well as via language and theatrical improvisations. Kibbutznik campers learned about world-renowned painters like Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Monet. They created their own works of art in the style of Kandinsky, using his inspired works as jumping-off points for their personalized work. Beyond painting, campers made art creations from recycled materials, which were used to help set the table for a beautiful Shabbat celebration and teach the value of caring for our earth in a time of concern about global warming.
Afterward, the children explored the world of sculpture, construction, and architecture. The children set off on an adventure across the globe exploring and learning about the many different types of sculptures and architecture that can be found around the world. They created individual sculptures of their very own and collaborated together to create a class sculpture. After their tour of the globe and their exploration of the many facets of architecture, our little Kibbutzniks built shtetls, which were all combined into a large shtetl city!
The other focus was on music, dance, and theater, as well as exploring children’s folklore via storytelling and literature. The entire curriculum was crafted by our team of teachers entirely in Russian to support the learning of our children in this innovative new experiential Jewish Educational Camp program.
As for physical activity, instructional swimming was offered onsite at the Marks JCH. Each day, they enjoyed the explorations of the natural environment available through time is spent in Prospect Park.
We are extremely excited about the continued expansion of our Russian-language Jewish Educational Programming for families with young children, helping to keep our community connected to its unique Russian-Jewish heritage.