About

Our Vision

We aspire to strengthen the Israeli-American community by establishing an Israeli summer day camp in Hebrew for our children during the summer vacation.  This is our way of connecting the next generation to the Hebrew language, to the Land of Israel, and the Jewish world. Summer camp is a truly magical world, safe and secure, in which every camper has the full freedom and the right to be his or herself, to become emotionally involved, to take part in constructive, foundational activities, and to learn through experience and pure enjoyment.  We believe that this represents the most significant educational framework in creating social connections. Infinite magi-cal, empowering moments which campers will later in their lives pass on with joy and pride to the next generations.

The core principles in building our educational program are the staff of Hebrew-speaking counselors, most of whom come from Israel.  The official language of the camp is Hebrew, and the program focuses on strengthening the connection to Israel and the love of the land.

Our Staff

Our counselors, all speak at least two languages, are Kimama graduates, some of whom are emissaries (“shlichim”) with the Jewish agency, and all of whom offer a wealth of experience in leadership and working with children. 

Our responsible and experienced team of counselors provides personal attention to every single camper.

The team places a major emphasis on personal enrichment of campers, boosting their self-confidence, and providing a safe space where they can feel free to express who they truly are.

Who’s Behind Camp

Bereisheet Camp Kimama brings Kimama’s experience and professional skill in establishing and operating summer camp programs in Israel and around the world, along with Bereisheet’s experience in developing educational programs and events for the Israeli-American community of Bergen County. 

Kimama

Kimama A pioneer in the field of international summer camps in Israel, was founded in 2004 by a group of entrepreneurs and educators who understood the vast importance inherent in meaningful international encounters among children and youth from around the world.

Over the years, Kimama became a recognized concept, beloved and highly in demand. Today, about 2,500 campers from all over the world participate in Kimama’s various summer camps around Israel every single year. In addition, Kimama operates winter camps in Europe for children and youth, trips within Israel, educational seminars, and is establishing cooperative relationships with charities and nonprofit organizations.

For more information about kimama click here

Bereisheet

Bereisheet is a nonprofit organization established in 2011 and managed completely on a volunteer basis by a group of parents from the Israeli-American community in northern New Jersey.
Bereisheet endeavors to offer tools to assist in transforming each individual family’s desire to maintain the next generation’s connection to our Jewish and Israeli roots and to the Hebrew language, into a joint communal endeavor through various programs and activities for children, adults, and the entire family throughout the year,
Bereisheet is operated by an executive with each representative within the organization’s management leading a number of activities within the community.  
All of Bereisheet’s work is done on a fully volunteer basis.
For more information about Bereisheet click here

The Location

Hosting a “Shaliach” (emissary) for the summer of 2020

This summer, 20 Shlichim, male and female, are coming from Israel, who have been carefully selected by the Jewish Agency, to be the lead counselors for Kimama Bereisheet.  This is a highly-motivated group of spirited young people, bringing with them to camp an Israeli authenticity, and offering additional meaning and significance to our children’s Israeli summer experience.

These Shlichim, ranging in age from 21 to 23, will spend 9 weeks with us over the summer.  We are looking for families from New Jersey and Manhattan who’d be interested in volunteering to host one or more of these representatives for at least three weeks.  Camp Kimama Bereisheet will ensure transportation of representatives to camp and back. Host families are asked to treat representatives as members of the family during their stay, providing them with a bedroom, breakfast and dinner, etc.  In our experience, hosting offers a unique and wonderful experience for the entire host family, both parents and children which they’ll remember for many years.

If you are able to host, please provide your details on the form on this page as soon as possible.

If you can host please fill in the details on this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Camp FAQ

On this page, we’ve gathered questions and answers that came up over the course of information sessions held in advance of Camp Kimama Bereisheet. We’d be pleased to answer any additional questions sent to usa@campkimama.org

All participants at Camp Kimama Bereisheet must understand the Hebrew language, since activities at camp take place solely in Hebrew.  Campers who haven’t mastered the language could find themselves daily in situations in which they don’t understand what’s going on at camp.  This is an unpleasant feeling, both for the camper and for the group, and we hope to avoid this. The team of counselors follows all camp policies and procedures, and this is done in Hebrew only.

The swimming pool at camp is a half-Olympic sized pool and is intended for children’s summer camp swimming.  The depth of the water begins at the shallow end and reaches a depth of 7 feet. The pool is heated and there are change rooms on site (including restrooms and showers).  Each camper will receive a towel from us for swimming in the pool (there’s no need to bring one from home). Water in the pool is chlorinated.

Most camp activities take place in open fields and in nature among the trees, gazebo, and under canopies.  There are two air-conditioned areas which are suitable for activities and we use them as needed.

For the benefit of Kimama Bereisheet campers, we set up portable restrooms next to our activities area all summer long.  This photo illustrates the type and level of facilities we rent.  In addition, throughout the camp grounds, further restrooms are located, including in the area in which we conduct our activities in the auditorium (shows, ceremonies, indoor activities), as well as in the swimming area.

The camp has a single entrance, which means we have full control over vehicle and pedestrian traffic into and out of camp.  During activity periods, entrance will not be allowed without advance coordination with the camp director.

The camp grounds are massive in size and are divided into different regions and separate areas, distributed around the total area.  In parallel to Kimama Bereisheet, a U.S. Scouts day camp will be taking place in which about 50 campers will participate. Additional camps may also be located on the grounds, for two- or three-week periods throughout the summer.  In any event, the number of children on the camp grounds at any one time will never exceed 300.

In the center of camp there is an indoor activity center in which activities and games are held such as:  climbing wall, movies, shows, dancing, social games, and more. Additionally, we’ll participate in indoor activities outside of the camp grounds, such as: movie, bowling, museum, go-karts, and more.

All camp activities are located about 5 minutes’ walking distance from the covered central area of Kimama Bereisheet.

A number of treatment activities are carried out in the Kimama Bereisheet camper activity areas.  Nevertheless, we request that parents apply mosquito-repellant bug spray or cream.

Terms and conditions

The individual registering to Camp Kimama-Bereisheet (hereinafter: “the Camp”) shall only be between the ages of 5-16, understand Hebrew, and shall accept the “Rules of Conduct in the Camp” as specified in the Section 2 (hereinafter: “the Camper”). The camper shall reach the camp with a clean bill of health.

Registration is contingent upon filling out all of the forms and in arranging payment.

The campers and their parents accept the “Rules of Conduct in the Camp” as well as the terms of registration and the terms for its cancellation along with the visitation procedure during the term of the camp as follows:
A. Any injury or abuse, physical, mental, sexual, social or otherwise, inflicted upon the campers and / or the camp staff and / or the animals found in the vicinity of the camp, is strictly prohibited.
B. Any destruction or damage to nature, the environment, premises or equipment belonging to the camp or its campers is strictly prohibited. It is hereby explicitly clarified that should a camper maliciously destroy or damage property, either and / or both of his parents shall be responsible for compensating and / or indemnifying the camp for the damage caused that was not the result of normal and reasonable usage of the property by the camper.
C. The camper shall obey the instructions of the camp staff at all times and his behavior shall not require supervision and oversight that are beyond a reasonable level that is made possible by a reasonable staff.
D. The camper and his parents undertake to cooperate with the camp management in any personal, health, behavioral and / or other situation that could be relevant and / or influence the behavior of the camper during his stay in the camp.
E. Use of the various types of alcohol, beer, cigarettes, drugs, a hookah and / or any illegal activity during the camper’s stay in the camp are strictly prohibited.
F. The use of cellular telephones during the stay in the camp, including communication between the campers and their parents, shall be conducted in accordance with the procedures and during acceptable hours in the camp.
G. The parents and families of the campers shall be permitted to enter the camp site during the times designated for it in advance and / or in special cases with the approval of the camp staff. Entry into the camp site at another date shall be done shall be subject to approval from the camp management.

The payment for participation in the camp shall be made in full upon registration.

Payment can be made via a credit card / via E-Checks / via a wire transfer.

In the event that the mandatory payments to the camp are not made, the parents shall be charged the cost of their collection, including legal expenses and attorneys’ fees.

The camp management reserves the right to expel, without a monetary refund, a camper who violated the “Rules of Conduct in the Camp”, as well as a camper who shall not behave in accordance with the behavioral norms and the spirit of patience and cooperation in the camp.

The camp staff shall notify the parents of a camper who was expelled from the camp and they undertake to arrive at the camp and pick-up the camper when requested to do so. Should the parents or anyone acting on their behalf be unable to pick-up the camper, the camp management shall arrange the transportation of the camper to his home (or any other address as requested by the parents of the camper) and the parents of the camper shall bear any financial costs entailed thereof.

The parents of the camper hereby grant their consent that professional medical attention be given to the camper outside of the camp site, if it is deemed necessary by the camp management in order to ensure the safety of the camper. Urgent orthodontic treatments, dental treatments and eye treatments shall be funded by the camper’s parents.
Any camper who has a disability and / or impairment and / or any medical condition must declare it and present a medical approval from a relevant physician certifying that he may participate in the activities of the camp.
Failure to present the full medical condition of the camper shall lead to an overall exclusion of liability regarding incidents that might, heaven forbid, occur as a result of and / or in connection with that same medical condition and / or medical information that was not declared and / or for which the aforesaid physician’s approval was not provided.

The parents of the camper undertake to notify the camp management, prior to registration, regarding any psychotherapy and / or psychiatric treatment and / or drug treatment the camper underwent due to behavioral changes in the 12 month prior to his registration in the camp. In addition, the parents undertake to immediately notify the camp management of any such treatment in the event that it began after registration and prior to the beginning of the activity session. A failure on the part of the camper’s parents to notify the camp management, as to the condition of their child as specified above, may be grounds for expulsion of the camper from the camp. A camper, who shall be expelled from the camp as stated, shall not receive a refund.
The parents of the camper shall fill out all of the forms and the health declaration on the website and sign electronically. Receipt of the aforementioned information is essential for maintaining the camper’s good health and for providing appropriate medical care, if necessary. The parents of the camper shall make sure that the medications the camper takes are sent to the camp management which will ensure that the camper make use of them in accordance with the instructions given to the camp management. Any medication used by the camper shall be specifically listed in the medical form filled out for the camper.
If necessary the camper will be sent to a hospital or external clinic for medical treatment.
For the avoidance of doubt, all the medical expenses will be paid by the camper’s parents and therefore it is the parent’s responsibility to obtain a form 17 from the medical fund to which the camper belongs, for the purposes of payment.

It is hereby clarified that a camper who arrives at the camp after the date of commencement of the session to which he registered and / or a camper who leaves before the end of the session and / or a camper who is absent for any reason whatsoever, including any health reason, during the session shall not be entitled to a refund in respect of the late arrival / early departure and / or absence as stated.

During the months of July and August the camp office staff shall only handle cases and inquiries pertaining to campers residing in the camp. The remaining cases shall be handled during the month of September vis-à-vis the office management in New York.

The camper and his parents approve in advance of the camp management making use of any picture, photograph, recording and the like of their children for the purpose of marketing and advertising the camp. In addition, the parents approve receipt of marketing and other types of , information from the camp management via email, regular mail, and text messages.

The camp management shall not be liable for the loss of, harm or damage to the campers’ equipment. Please do not bring valuable equipment to the camp.

*It is hereby clarified that the registration procedures are periodically updated in the Kimama website, and that beyond the procedures that are in effect at the time of registration, Kimama and the registrants shall be bound by the procedures that are in effect on June 1st, of each year.

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