Kimama Half Moon: A brand new strategy to Jewish tenting


An exciting new summer camp opens in the Berkshires. Led by an expert group of Jewish camping professionals, Kimama Half Moon will bring an Israeli spirit to Camp Half Moon, a centuries-old summer camp on Lake Buel.

Half Moon has been a summer home for children from the Northeast since it opened in 1922. After taking over running the camp last year, Kimama decided to transform it into a premier Jewish summer camp. This included significant investment in camp infrastructure and a brand new curriculum.

Led by Abby Levine, Kimama Half Moon will integrate Israeli culture with traditional camp activities such as water sports and arts programs. Levine has more than two decades of experience as a Jewish professional, including serving as director of Camp Young Judaea Midwest and principal at a Jewish day school in Charleston, South Carolina.

“I’m excited to be part of the Kimama Half Moon family and create a brand new summer camp experience,” said Levine. “In addition to restoring the camp’s facilities, we are creating a state-of-the-art curriculum that will inspire Jewish and non-Jewish campers alike.”

This is a particularly difficult moment for parents, and Levine said she recognizes the need for meaningful personal interaction. Children have spent most of the last two years indoors, making it difficult for parents to juggle work and childcare. Levine, who is a mother of three camp-age sons, knows this firsthand. “In these challenging times, camp can be a break for parents and a place for kids to make friends that will last a lifetime,” Levine said.

When it opens for its inaugural summer in June, Kimama Half Moon will operate a day camp and an overnight camp. The day camp is open to campers from the age of 4, children aged 7 to 17 can choose to stay for one, two or three weeks.

Kimama recently acquired Camp Half Moon, a centuries-old lakeside summer camp in the Berkshires. (Courtesy of Camp Kimama)

A world-class camping organization

Campers at Kimama Half Moon will join Kimama’s international network of Jewish campers. For nearly two decades, Kimama has strived to be at the forefront of Jewish camping. Ronen Hoffman, founder of Kimama and current Israeli Ambassador to Canada, founded the organization with the goal of bringing American-style sleepaway camps to Israel. His approach was a huge success and Kimama has since expanded to multiple locations in Europe and the US. It also runs 3 different summer camps and 9 programs in Israel, all under the supervision of the country’s Ministry of Education.

Kimama offers campers the opportunity to try different programs each year or to combine several programs to create a unique summer experience. A camper could go to Kimama Half Moon one summer and Kimama Michmoret on the beach in Israel the next. “We want our campers to be as flexible as possible,” says Avishay Nachon, CEO of Camp Kimama. “If that means going to the Berkshires one summer and Europe the next, we want to support them.”

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