Are you ready to cook an amazing Shabbat dinner and much more?

BaMitbach teaches teens the art and skills of food preparation and cooking. 

Dates: July 26-August 9, 2020
Cost: $2,700
For: Current 8th-11th Graders

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Develop the skills used by professional chefs

Participants will gain serious and practical culinary skills such as proper knife technique, kitchen organization, and recipe development in a setting that puts Judaism and Jewish food at the center of learning. No experience with either a knife nor frying pan or even kitchen is necessary.

The Gefilteria Updates Our Recipes 

This year The Gefilteria will be coming to TY to not only hone our students practical skills in the kitchen, but expand their culinary creativity in order to keep our traditional recipes fresh and delicious. The Gefilteria is a culinary laboratory that melds Ashkenazi Jewish stories and culinary wisdom into a new way to appreciate the foods many of us grew up with - and some we have not! By combining a highly professional, culinary-school-style learning environment with classic Tel Yehudah, teens will come home ready to make a delicious five course Shabbat dinner for family and friends!  

Culinary Skills Meet Life-Fulfilling Activities

As important as it is to acquire these skills, there is always room for fun, friendships, and exploration. Tel Yehudah provides a one-of-a-kind Jewish environment, where teens interact with others from Jewish communities in the U.S., Israel and around the world. The “best of camp” at TY includes the opportunity to partake in sports, arts and Israel education programs. Each week culminates in Shabbat, amidst the natural, serene setting of Tel Yehudah and is followed by a wild Israeli dance party.

Program Outcomes

Teens participating in the two-week BaMitbach Intensive will:

  • Develop basic cooking skills including knife skills, kitchen organization, and more. 
  • Develop an understanding of ingredient selection and meal planning. 
  • Utilize fresh vegetables and herbs from Tel Yehudah's organic garden.
  • Explore questions about Judaism and Jewish Peoplehood through food. 
  • Prepare a delicious meal for all of camp. 
  • Prepare a five-course scrumptious Shabbat dinner upon their return home.
  • Enjoy the diversity of tastes from across the Jewish world. 
  • Develop ability to work in cooperation with others.


Participants in BaMitbach spend 4-5 hours a day engaged in developing their culinary skills with other participants and staff. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to choose another Intensive as a minor and explore all of TY’s other specialty areas (ropes course, Israeli dancing, and singing, sports, etc.)   Below is a sample daily schedule:

What's Included?

  • Daily workshops in Tel Yehudah's own fully-equipped kitchens
  • Access to fresh ingredients from Tel Yehudah's own organic garden and other local sources
  • Room and board within our furnished cabins
  • 3 healthy, nutritious and kosher meals a day, plus stipend for snacks and treats from our camp canteen
  • 24/7 professional medical staff that can dispense first-aid and prescription medicines
  • 160+ dynamic and trained camp professionals
  • Regular laundry-service
  • Full time on-site 24/7 security services
  • Coach Motorbus transportation to/from Newark International Liberty Airport on opening and closing day for teens who will be traveling to camp by plane


Yes! If you are…

  • Currently in 8th through 11th grade
  • Excited to cook a scrumptuous Shabbat feast for your family when you get home from camp
  • Ready to learn basic cooking skills and how to cook delicious food
  • Prepared to explore the explore your Jewish identity through your stomach
  • Interested in living with Jewish teens around the US and the world

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