December 23-28, 2012/5773
Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY
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KlezKamp 28 - December 23-28, 2012
2012 Program Brochure/Catalog
Tayere KlezKamp patriotn,
This year’s theme, Humor, will allow us to explore one of the most dynamic and longlasting
characteristics of Yiddish culture. Humor underlies a vast segment of our cultural
experience as an art, as a weapon and as a survival mechanism. It is also an elemental
part of our world view and has helped us balance our chiaroscuro historic experience.
What better place to explore the underpinnings of Yiddish humor than in the Catskills,
the breeding ground for American comedy for most of the 20th century?
So in addition to our usual bevy of music, language, food, crafts, folklore and dance
workshops—not to mention our world-class KlezKids program—this year’s theme will be
explored by Miriam Isaacs, Ron Robboy, Michael Wex, Steve Weintraub, Pete Sokolow,
Jill Gellerman and myself. We also welcome—after nudging him for a good two
decades—new presenter Reb Moshe Waldoks, co-author of THE BIG BOOK OF JEWISH
HUMOR and a third-degree Black Belt mentsh who will offer classes on the power and
scope of Jewish humor. You can identify our special-theme offerings by the little humor
And we welcome filmmaker Roberta Grossman, whose recently released
documentary, Hava Nagila (The Movie), will enjoy its Catskills premiere; it features
scenes filmed at last year’s KlezKamp. Humor? You decide.
Following the extremely successful, pioneering A Biselle KlezKamp at the University
of Wisconsin–Madison in July (and looking ahead to the second one on July 21, 2013),
we are thrilled to return to our old home. The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa is a modern
hotel mit alle mayles (with all the trimmings) in the Catskill tradition, whose world-class
kitchen is, as always, under the shtreng Glatt kosher hashgokhe of Ha’rov Avrom Kahn.
It has been an honor and a privilege to head this wonderful program that has
brought Yiddish culture to a new generation in a new century. Join us and be part of the
next exciting chapter of KlezKamp.
We dedicate this year’s KlezKamp to the memory of our longtime colleague, good
friend and pillar of the New Yiddish cultural movement, Adrienne ("Chana") Cooper.
Mit varemste grisn,
Henry "Hank" Sapoznik
"No Need to Kvetch, Yiddish Lives On in Catskills"
New York Times, November 26, 2010.
Read more here (live link) or here (pdf).
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): $1,475
- One adult in room (sharing with
- Two adults in room (2 beds):
- Three adults in room (2 beds/1 cot):
- Teens 13-17 (sharing with at least 1 adult): $790 each
- Child/ren 6-12 (sharing with at least 1 adult): $580 each
- Child(ren) 2-5 (sharing room with
at least one adult): $370 each
- Child/ren under 2 (sharing with at least 1 adult): Free
- Suite—per adult, double occupancy: $1,825
(bedroom with king bed plus living-room area with sofabed)
- Commuters (includes all programs and meals but no hotel stay): $750
- Special Student Rate: $725
(for college students with valid student ID in a triple room)
- PLEASE NOTE: CANCELLATIONS after Dec. 1 will be refunded only 50%. No refunds can be made after Dec. 15.
- DISCOUNTS, WORK STUDY
- * Early-Bird Discount: All registrants who pay in full by Nov. 20 may deduct $25 from above prices. (Not applicable for Work Studies or Special Student Rate rooms.)
- Full-Time College Students with Valid Photo ID: See Special Student Rate above.
- A limited number of Work-Study positions are available. See registration form or website
for application instructions.
3. Can I come for just part of the week?
In order to get the full KlezKamp experience, all participants
must register for the entire week. No partial registrations
4. Is the food kosher?
Yes. The dining room and kitchen are under the strict Orthodox
supervision of Ha'rov Avrom Kahn.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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:
www.hudsonvalleyresort.com. Tel.: 845-626-8888.
Sherry Mayrent, Associate Director, KlezKamp
Sarah Plant, Associate Director, Living Traditions; Editor, Zhurnal
Amy Carrigan, Administrative Associate
Dan Peck, Operations
Laura Wernick, Technical Director
Traditions is supported by a development grant from
the Corners Fund for Traditional Cultures.
Additional funding from members of Living Tradtions, Inc..