For the past 15 years, Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer have run KlezKanada’s KlezKids program. Over the years this program has created a true KlezKanada family; many of the young participants refer to KlezKanada as the “best week of the year.” Sruli and Lisa make a great effort to integrate new arrivals — soon they will become part of this extraordinary international khevrele that means so much to the KlezKids veterans.
AM 1 – We begin the day with Yiddish Yoga! Then the children gather for a project that includes Yiddish arts, language and literature. This project will be displayed Shabbes afternoon at the Retreat Centre.
AM 2 – All children come together for the children’s music program. Instrumentalists are encouraged to bring their instruments even if they are very young or beginners. Musicians, singers and dancers are taught nigunim, melodies which they perform daily at the flagpole before lunch.
PM 1 & 2– After lunch, KlezKids gather for afternoon fun, learning, storytelling and bonding–as well as, preparing for our Saturday night presentation and special presentations from our amazing faculty! We ALWAYS spend time at the pool or the lake – so make sure the kids bring swimsuits and towels.
Parents who wish their children to have more intensive instruction on their instruments are encouraged to send their children to the Beginner’s Ensemble or any of the more advanced ensembles, as appropriate. Older children may also want to attend the Yiddish dance or theatre classes. Parents who wish their children to have a more intensive Yiddish language experience should contact us and we will arrange private or small group instruction.