B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp
Lake Como, PA
Perlman Camp is better than ever with renovations to all the major structures and expanded living spaces. There's lots of green grass and outdoor space for activities, sports, programs, and time to relax around the iconic Perlman tree. Participants stay in cabins of 25 to 30 teens, divided into four to six rooms, which are staffed by our dedicated college counselors (madrichim). The whole camp is walkable in about 15 minutes.
Below you will find questions specific to International Kallah. For general summer 2020 questions, please see this comprehensive FAQ and feel to reach out to [email protected] with any additional questions.
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 250 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 is a Kosher facility that only serves foods that have been produced under rabbinical supervision.
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.
Arrival: Teens flying must arrive by 12 noon on the first day of the program. If you are driving your teen, please arrive after 4 PM.
Note: Early Arrival for West Coast teens ONLY—If you need to arrive early and stay in Newark the night before Kallah begins, BBYO will make reservations at a hotel near the airport. Staff will bepresent in the hotel that evening. Please book your flight to arrive at Newark in the late afternoon or early evening (please no arrivals after 7 PM). These arrangements are made on a reservation-only basis at the participant's cost, and you must notify Sabrina Moore that a hotel is required by emailing [email protected]. The fee for this is $130.
Departure: Please book all flights to depart after 2 PM on the last day of the program; If you are picking your teen up at Perlman Camp, please arrange to have transportation by 9:30 AM.
ILTC + Kallah = Perlman Summer
A Perlman Summer combines International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC) and International Kallah for a total of six weeks at B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp for learning, leading and self-exploration. At both ILTC and Kallah, you’ll have all the fun of summer camp—Maccabiah (color war), time at the pool, lake, ropes course, archery, and Shabbat under the stars—but during a Perlman Summer, you’ll double that fun! The Perlman Summer also includes an all-day field trip, additional laundry service, and down time, all supervised by BBYO staff at no extra cost. Don’t miss out on the ultimate BBYO Summer Experience!
Central Europe Discovery #2 + International Kallah
We still have scholarship funds available! BBYO has recently secured a charitable gift to help support those needing some financial assistance during this potentially economically challenging time. Once you are registered for a program, if you need scholarship or additional scholarship, please fill out the scholarship application linked here. Once you have submitted the scholarship application, please notify your local BBYO regional office so they can get back to you with a decision. We also encourage our parents to look for community scholarship opportunities through their local JCC, Jewish Federation, Synagogue, and One Happy Camper (if eligible). Learn more in the Scholarship section of our Important Information page.