Machane Lev


Canadian Young Judaea is proud to introduce Machane Lev, Canada’s only overnight camp for Jewish campers of the LGBTQ+ community.  CYJ’s Machane Lev is a one-week, Jewish overnight camp program that is committed to being an inclusive Jewish summer camp community, which celebrates identity, encourages creativity, enhances leadership skills, and evokes a love for Israel and the Jewish community.

Read more about the launch of Machane Lev from our Camp Director and Director of Camper Care in the Canadian Jewish News HERE!

General Information

Date: August 19-26, 2018

Ages: 8-16 Years Old

Location: Camp Shalom, Gravenhurst, ON

Camper Cost: $1000.00 (Scholarships Available)

Hadracha Program Cost: $700.00 (Scholarships Available)

Manhigim (Counselor): $500.00 (Scholarships Available)

Mission Statement

Machane Lev furthers our commitment to providing immersive Jewish and Zionist experiences to all members of Canada’s Jewish community. While our existing summer camp network will continue to open its doors to any and all Jewish campers, we know that the addition of Machane Lev will provide an open space for the affirmation and celebration of all sexual identities, gender identities and gender expressions in a Jewish setting.

Hadracha Program

Canadian Young Judaea prides itself on our leadership, or hadracha, training. Our camps seek to create the leaders of tomorrow. Machane Lev will be no exception, our teens aged 14-16 will have the same leadership development through the LGBTQ+ lens. Our campers will engage in discussion, and personal growth, all while becoming future leaders for the LGBTQ+ community. The Hadracha program is for anyone looking to gain valuable leadership training, while promoting and affirming LGBTQ+ identities. 

Junior Manhigim (Counselor)

Machane Lev’s Junior Manhigim (Counselor) program is designed to give participants a foot in the door of what it is like to be a counselor. The program will train the participants valuable skills to become future madrichim, while becoming role models for our campers. Participants can expect a fully immersive and hands on experience, while still getting to enjoy the programming of Machane Lev.