In a difficult world, we are an oasis for children ages 8 to 16; a place where they can be themselves, feel at ease, and work and play in an atmosphere of cooperation and trust.
Camp Kinderland was established in 1923 by Jewish union activists in New York, who wanted to provide a summer escape from the city for working class families. The founders of Kinderland believed that Jewish culture includes a responsibility to social justice. The camp program focused on the labor movement, and other progressive causes. Over the years, we have honored and celebrated the International Brigades in Spain, anti-fascist efforts in the World War II era, economic reform and the civil rights and anti-war movements, among others. Since Kinderland has been around for over three-quarters of a century, camp and campers have been active participants in the history and events that have shaped who we are today.
This short clip is a teaser for a 67 minute oral history video compilation of photos, CIT play clips, and interviews with current and former Kinderlanders recounting the 90-year history of our special summer camp with a conscience. Buy the full version at our Camp Store.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 9, 2017
JewSchool, July 31, 2015
Forward, 2008 – 2015
Tablet, June 27, 2013
Counter Punch, October 11, 2013
The Nation, July 20, 2012
New York Times, August 19, 2001