“International Kallah was undoubtedly the best three weeks of my life. Thank you to all of you who taught me lessons across the entire spectrum of life. Thank you for helping to build a community that will be the cornerstone of my Jewish identity for the years to come. And thank you for being the most intelligent, thoughtful, and caring community of leaders which I had the privilege of being part of!” —Hunter C., Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region
“I cannot thank you all enough for the friendships and memories you helped me create here. Before coming to Kallah, I thought I was pretty firm in my Judaism. But as it turns out, getting to know all the different perspectives you all had on topics, I find myself pondering over how I want to live my Judaism… In this aspect Kallah was definitely a 100% life-changing experience!” —David S., Germany
Is Kallah for you?
Kallah is a great program for Alephs and BBGs currently in 10th through 12th grade who hold sh'lichim positions at the chapter, council, or regional level, have attended any conventions focused on Judaism, have participated in AZA and BBG Global Shabbat, or have a passion for Judaism.
How many teens attend Kallah?
Kallah welcomes around 200 Alephs and B’nai B’rith Girls each summer. Participants come from every region and countries from across the Order.
Who staffs Kallah?
The International Kallah staff includes a site director, program director, song leaders, Israeli counselors (sh'lichim), expert specialists, college-age counselors from around the world (madrichim), and an office manager. In addition, we have over 10 Jewish educators onsite representing a variety of denominations and viewpoints, including rabbis and trained educators.
What is the Kallah curriculum about?
The Kallah curriculum allows participants to learn about and connect with Judaism in their own way. With a diverse community of Jewish educators, guest experts, and peers, participants explore ancient and current topics and ask and answer some of Judaism’s big questions. Limmud sessions are traditional classroom learning time; electives offer participants ways to learn about Judaism through creative outlets; and teen-led Shabbat, morning (Shacharit), and evening (Mincha) services offer teens the chance to create truly meaningful Jewish experiences.
Is the food at Kallah kosher?
Perlman Camp utilizes certified kosher ingredients, and prepares in accordance with kosher practices. There is no ongoing rabbinical supervision in the kitchen.
What do I do about medication?
Participants must register in advance with CampMeds, a service that provides pre-packaged, pre-dosaged medication to participants who require it. There is a $250 fee for those who do not register and arrive at camp with their medications. The exceptions to this are inhalers, birth control, epi-pens, nasal sprays, injectable medications, prescription ointments, and refrigerated medication.
How do I get to Kallah?
Teens can either be dropped off directly at camp by a parent or guardian, or they can fly into the local airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ (EWR), where they'll be met by BBYO staff and taken to their program by bus.
Do you offer travel insurance?
BBYO is glad to offer a travel insurance option for all our Summer Experiences through Travel Insured International. Families are highly encouraged to purchase travel insurance to protect their investment and plan for the unexpected. Please visit this page to see all the details on the policy and its terms.
What are the health and safety precautions for Summer 2023?
BBYO's health and safety guidelines are set by our Medical Team and Wellness Staff based on the most up-to-date information. All participants must have current inoculations based on BBYO's Immunization Policy, including being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. All participants must also receive the COVID-19 booster if their second vaccine dose—or first dose of Johnson & Johnson—was received more than 180 days before the start of their BBYO Summer program. The booster must be received no later than 14 days before a participant’s arrival date to their program.
As health information is constantly evolving, additional information will be finalized in the coming months and updated on our website, as well as communicated in detail to our registered families.
MAKE IT A PERLMAN SUMMER
Elevate your summer with the most exciting duo around: combine ILTC + International Kallah for the ultimate Perlman Summer experience! These programs each offer the chance to make lasting friendships, explore Jewish values, and learn practical leadership skills—but by combining them together, they provide twice the opportunity for a summer packed with learning, leading, and self-exploration.
There are many more ways to combine our summer experiences to extend your fun, learning, and self-exploration. Explore your 2023 connection options here.
BBYO offers need-based scholarship so that anyone who wants to is able to attend our programs without financial constraints standing in the way. To apply, please complete the BBYO Scholarship Application Form after you complete your registration. Applications are due by January 19, 2023; after that date, all requests will be considered on a rolling basis.