Cohen Camps – Camp Tevya
GPS Coordinates – 42.741684 / -71.670661
Camp Tevya is part of the Cohen camps and has been located on the shores of Lake Potanipo for over 77 years. Part of the camp is in the same spot as the old fresh pond ice house that burned down in 1935.
Founded in 1940 by Eli and Bessie Cohen, Camp Tevya is the second of the three camps in the Eli and Bessie Cohen Camps Organization. It was originally founded in the town of Brookline as a “fresh air” camp for low-income inner-city Jewish youth from the Boston area. The camp is based on a deep commitment to strengthening the Jewish people through education, community and connection to Israel.
Eli and Bessie realized the power of the immersive experience of summer camp and its ability to engage, teach and develop children in an informal setting through experiential education. They saw summer camps as an excellent vehicle for addressing core needs of the Jewish community. While Camp Tevya remains rooted in Eli and Bessie’s vision, it has progressed and transformed to meet 21st Century communal concerns, with a focus on engaging young people in exploring a deep, personal and joyful connection to Jewish life, Jewish values, and what it means to be a leader in today’s community, both at camp and beyond.