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KlezKamp 30:
The 30th Anniversary
December 23-29, 2014 /5775
Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY

In 2014, Living Traditions held its 30th — and final — KlezKamp in the Catskills. Thank you for your past participation.

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With mixed emotions, Living Traditions announces KlezKamp 2014: The 30th Annual Yiddish Folk Arts Program on Dec. 23-29, 2014. Mixed because, on the one hand, we are extremely proud to mark our 30th anniversary of presenting and sharing community-based Yiddish culture. On the other hand, this will be the last KlezKamp held in the Catskills.

As in previous years, we will assemble the world’s greatest Yiddish-culture activists to guide us through music, dance, song, language, film, radio, recording, folk arts, theater, food and crafts. Add to that our inspiring KlezKids program. We are honored to have such outstanding staff working with us for so many years.

This year’s KlezKamp will also be special as it will be extended an extra day over Shabbos with additional lectures, panel discussions and a traditional Friday-night Shabbos meal mit alle mayles (with all the trimmings). Various denominations of Saturday-morning services will be held, including a talk for the non-observant. And an Orthodox cantor will recreate the great singing of Yoselle Rosenblatt, Gershon Sirota, Moishe Kussevitsky and other classic khazonim from historic 78-rpm sound recordings. We’re offering a Shabbos Weekend for those who can come only from dinnertime on 12/26 through lunchtime on 12/28.

Our long-standing location is Kerhonkson, New York’s Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, which started life as the Granite Hotel back in the 1920s. The hotel offers modern amenities while retaining its old-time charm and hospitality, and the kitchen is under the watchful eye of the shtreng Glatt kosher hashgokhe of the OU (Orthodox Union).

Running KlezKamp for half of my lifetime has been as remarkable and uplifting a journey as it has no doubt been for many of you, too. We sincerely hope you can join us for this historic celebration and 30-year commemoration of both the past as well as the exciting future of Yiddish culture.

We will continue to hold our day-long A Biselle KlezKamp in Madison this summer, and will shortly have exciting news about the web presence of Sherry Mayrent’s 9,000+ 78-rpm recordings.

Mit varemste grisn,

Henry "Hank" Sapoznik
Founder and Director, KlezKamp
Executive Director, Living Traditions

P.S. Share your KlezKamp memories for a zikhroynes exhibit and for inclusion in our Zhurnal! Selected essays (deadline Nov. 5) will be published and read at evening events; prizes for 3 winning entries. Those unable to attend may also enter. E-mail reminiscences/photos to; bring additional photos, memorabilia, recordings to KlezKamp.

"No Need to Kvetch,
Yiddish Lives On in Catskills"

New York Times, November 26, 2010.
Read more here (live link) or here (pdf).

KlezKamp FAQs

1. How much does KlezKamp cost?

  • Register early and save! (see below)*
  • Prices include room and board, gratuities plus all programming. Required annual membership fee is additional. One adult fee must be paid for each room requested, including for adjoining rooms; teens/children are additional.
  • One adult in room (with no children): $1,645
  • One adult in room (sharing with children): $1,345
  • Two adults in room (2 beds): $1,240 each
  • Three adults in room (2 beds/1 cot): $1,045 each
  • Teens 13-17 (sharing with at least 1 adult): $910 each
  • Child/ren 6-12 (sharing with at least 1 adult): $675 each
  • Child(ren) 2-5 (sharing room with at least one adult): $395 each
  • Child/ren under 2 (sharing with at least 1 adult): Free
  • Suite—per adult, double occupancy: $1,990
         (bedroom with king bed plus living-room area with sofabed)
  • Commuters (includes all programs and meals but no hotel stay): $785
  • Student Rate (for college students with valid student ID in a triple room): $850 each
  • Shabbos Weekend! In honor of our 30th Anniversary—and final Catskills program—if you can’t come for the week, join us for the weekend. Special program includes deluxe traditional Shabbos meal and zmires singing; Orthodox and egalitarian services, plus secular programming; themed panels/discussions: concert, jams and live-music dance party; auditing of selected classes. Attend from dinnertime on 12/26 through lunchtime on 12/28.
  • One adult in room (with no children): $600
  • Two adults in room (2 beds): $430 each
  • Additional Fees: Teens 13-17, add $295. Children 6-12, add $200. Children 2-5, add $150.
  • PLEASE NOTE: CANCELLATIONS after Dec. 1 will be refunded only 50%. No refunds can be made after Dec. 15.
  • * Early-Bird Discount: All registrants who pay in full by Nov. 19 may deduct $25 from above prices. (Not applicable for Work Studies.)
  • Bring a New Friend Discount: Attendees who bring a first-time ADULT KlezKamper will receive one $25 discount and the friend will get $25 off his/her tuition.
  • A limited number of Work-Study positions are available. See registration form or website for application instructions. Decisions not made until December.

2. Can I come for just part of the week?

In honor of our final KlezKamp and 30th Anniversary, we are allowing partial attendance for a special Shabbos Weekend from dinnertime on 12/26 through lunchtime on 12/28. See registration form.

3. Is the food kosher?

Yes. The dining room and kitchen are under the strict Orthodox supervision of the Orthodox Union (OU).

4. Can my family/friends come up to visit?

The only part of KlezKamp that is open to the general public are our evening programs at a cost of $25 per person. No part of the daytime program is open to the public.

5. Can I come if I don’t speak Yiddish or don’t play an instrument or—gevalt!—am not even Jewish??

Yes! There are plenty of offerings for all.

6. Can I stay before/after KK at hotel and how do I get there if I can’t join KK bus?

To book additional days and for travel info, contact the hotel: Tel.: 845-626-8888.

Henry Sapoznik, Founder/Executive Director
Sherry Mayrent, Associate Director, KlezKamp
Sarah Plant, Associate Director, Living Traditions; Editor, Zhurnal
Dan Peck, Operations
Laura Wernick, Technical Director

Living Traditions is supported by a development grant from
the Corners Fund for Traditional Cultures.
Additional funding from members of Living Tradtions, Inc..

Photography by Albert J. Winn Web Design by Jim Garber — PaperClip Design
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