This year’s KlezKids Program (ages 4-12) has been designed to keep children engaged with short online and offline activities, frequent movement, and screen breaks.
The KlezKids Program happens everyday in periods AM2 and PM2. Register for just one class or one day, or come to the whole week! If you register for a KLEZKIDS PASS that includes both AM2 and PM2 periods for all four days of the festival (Tuesday-Friday).
We’ve also included a few recommendations for kid-friendly programming outside of those periods.
AM2: 11:15-12:30 PM EDT
Yiddish Home Room!
Register on this page for our Yiddish Home Room: a short get-together for friends old and new to begin the day with Yiddish language, jokes and riddles, and games. This includes:
Band: The children will learn a simple tune, breaking into smaller groups for coaching with leading instrumentalists from around the world from the KlezKanada faculty.
Craft: The children will collaborate to make a global patchwork quilt, make traditional Jewish symbols from recycled materials, design challah covers, and make nature sculptures.
Singing: The children will learn a simple Yiddish song from a veteran from the Yiddish singing world.
Storytelling: with renowned Yiddish storytellers and long-term friends of the children’s program.
PM2: 3:45-5:00 PM EDT
Register on this page for Afternoon Activities where we’ll engage in a variety of activities, including:
Musical Theater with Puppets: the children will bring a Yiddish story to life with home-made “upcycled” puppets and live musical accompaniment, whilst learning a little Yiddish.
Language & Games, including “Shloyme Says,” Yiddish charades, and basic Yiddish for greeting and eating.
Klick-klock Dance!: Using dance, clowning, and physical theatre the children will choreograph their own video dances.Family Band: In this first-of-its-kind ensemble, families from across the globe will make a piece together as the tune moves from home to home. Everyone welcome!Cooking: Simple dishes like bagel pizzas and “Chagall toast”will be taught by children and Bubbes in turn, with a taste of Yiddish language thrown in. On Friday we will make challah.
The following activities are not formally part of the KlezKids program, but are recommended for our youngest festival goers!
AM1: 9:30-10:45 AM EDT
Families are invited to register for Zach Mayer’s Singing for Community Healing
LUNCH: 12:45-1:45 PM EDT
Children aged 9 and up are invited to join Zach Mayer’s Teenagers In Lvov composition and recording project. This program is free, but registration is required.
PM 1: 2:00-3:15 PM EDT
Children aged 11 and up are invited to join Richie Barshay’s Body Percussion Class.
Join Sarah Gordon and the rest of the camp community for a Yiddish sing-along: Lomir Zingen af Zoom! Bring along marshmallows to “toast” by your own remote “campfires”.
Keep on the lookout for a collection of new videos on Yiddish song, language, song, crafts, and cooking, and instructions for independent projects such as the KlezKids Newsletter and the KlezKinder Treasure Hunt.
This year’s KlezKids Program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Russell Berrie Foundation, in memory of Roz Rosenblatt z”l.