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Special Programs

As exciting as our daily schedule might be, it’s nice every once in a while to spice things up with special days and events. Below is a list of some of our unique programs throughout the summer:


Four teams. One victor. One EPIC day!

Get ready for CYJ’s all-out color war—Maccabiah!


A thrilling celebration of challenge and competition, Maccabiah is always one of our most memorable programs of the season. Campers of all ages are divided into four teams, spending their day contending for the gold in trials of every kind. On game tables and sports fields, in trivia and dexterity, in our apache relay, our singing and dancing… even MEALS factor in to this sensational CYJ tournament!

Don’t miss the sportsmanship, teamwork, talent, and grit in the summer’s ultimate face-off!

Erev Kef

Before our oldest campers depart on their amazing cross-country adventure, they show off to the camp their programming skills with Erev Kef!

This evening program is a carnival planned by the Segel campers. They get to choose the theme, what booths will be included, decorate the dining hall, and put on a show for the camp community. With a professional budget and great imaginations, these nights show just how fun our Segel campers can be!

Themed Meals

What’s the best time to celebrate our CYJ family? When we’re eating together, of course!

Our diverse community has found ways to honor their unique backgrounds through CYJ’s Theme Dinners. The staples include the 4th of July and Yom Israel!

These dinners feature the appropriate culture’s classic cuisine, special decorations throughout the Dining Hall, and regional music to set the mood. True observers will dress up in costume, and the Camp will be challenged with related trivia to keep our minds fed alongside our bodies!



At the end of every session, Camp gathers for our unequaled closing Banquet. To wrap up their summer together, the Dining Hall is transformed to reflect fun themes, such as Super Mario World, Pirates, Disney, etc. Alongside a delicious meal and wild entertainment, this is when staff will distribute the session’s Mensch Awards, our special commendations to one camper in every aidah who demonstrated exceptional character. When the dinner ends, we commence the all-camp dance!

TIYUL (trip day)

Each aidah (age group) will go on a day trip out of camp. Every year there will be new and exciting trips for campers depending on their age, including outings to local water parks, caverns, arcades, and more!