1913: Young Judaea spread to Toronto

1919: First Convention of of the Federation of
Young Judaea of Canada

 1925: Already 75 clubs across Canada

1928-1932: Noted poet A.M. Klein was active in the national scene in Young Judaea as editor of The Judaean and the educational director of the movement. In the 1931 Yearbook he wrote the lead article on the aims and ideals of Young Judaea,

“The time has come for Canadian Jewish Youth to take its destiny in its own hands, and in a manner fitting the tradition of its past, to mould its national future…We must be the masters of our own fate! Jewish life, as at present constituted, with its barrenness, and emptiness, its utter meaninglessness, its haphazard activity, stands as an imperious challenge to Canadian Jewish Youth. Some have already taken up the challenge! Others, we feel sure, will follow!”


1940’s-1950’s: The first camps were established in Young Judaea from one end of the country to the other.

Camp Hagshama  in Quebec (1942)
Camp Hagshama in Quebec (1942)

Camp Shalom in Ontario (1948)
Camp Shalom in Ontario (1948)

Camp Biluim Canada (1951)
Camp Biluim Canada (1951)


Camp Hatikvah-Massada  in British Columbia (1956)
Camp Hatikvah-Massada
in British Columbia (1956)
Camp Kadimah in Nova Scotia (1943)
Camps Kvutzah in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta

Camp Kadimah in Nova Scotia (1943)
Camp Kadimah in Nova Scotia (1943)

Camp Solelim in Ontario
Camp Solelim in Ontario

1967:  Judaeans volunteer for Israel in the Six Day War

1971:  Biluim Israel ran its first summer


1980’s: Hadracha programming and Aliyah seminars increased, while current Adult Committee, “Friends of Young Judaea,” was created.

2000’s: The 2000’s saw a significan increase of programs year round for CYJ campers and alumni of all ages. The annual spring convention, Kinus, was re-instated.

2017: Canadian Young Judaea celebrates their 100th anniversary at Camp Shalom. Joined by alumni, past and present camp directors, and supporters of the movement, we celebrate CYJ’s prosperity and success. 


19131910: Young Judaea club organized
in Montreal by 11 year old
Bernard “Dov” Joseph

1917: On December 23rd 1917 at the 15th Zionist Convention in winnipeg, Bernard “Dov” Joseph of Montreal CYJ addressed the conference proclaiming the need for and the formation of the Young Judaea National League of Canada.

“That the Canadian Zionist Federation shall allot one thousand dollars annually for Young Judaean purposes in Canada, this sum being divided among the different Young Judaean organizations of the Dominion.” Dov Joseph was to become the symbol of Young Judaea, as a founder and because of his aliyah to Palestine in 1919.

Dov Joseph was to become the symbol of Young Judaea, as a founder and because of his aliyah to Palestine in 1919.

1933: At a National Convention a resolution passed making the movement’s new priority the setting up of summer camps which would simulate Israeli colony life.


1935: Membership reaches 5000.

1940’s: Many Judaeans served in the army in Europe and the Middle east and were involved in packaging and shipping thousands of crates overseas.

Centers flourished from coast to coast and regional conferences brought Judaeans together for fun, learning, and decision-making.

Mel Hurtig was reporting to The Judaean on behalf of Edmonton Young Judaea, and one could read about activities in “Moose Jew”, Melville, Trail, Timmins, Glace Bay, Saskatoon, Fort William, Noranda, and so on.

At a “Little Conference” held in London, Ontario in October 1949, Maurice Berg extended official greetings as President of the Central Region and Jerry Grafstein reported on the Regional Conference held at Camp Shalom that same year.

1950’s: The Plugat Aliyah relationship brought us into closer contact with Hanoar Hatzioni, headquartered in Israel. Alex Mogelonsky came to Montreal from Fort William as National Director and Mendy Kirch assumed responsibility for education.

1950: National Convention in Toronto, a resolution was passed, making Hanoar Hatzioni Young Judaea’s official affiliate in Israel.

1951: First Biluim Canada with 35 Judaeans from across Canada. One of the outcomes was the formation of Canadian Young Judaea’s first official Garin:

“Whereas we, members of Yehuda Hatzair b’Canada believe there is a need for Chalutzic Aliya to Israel and, whereas we believe in Kibbutz Galuyot – the ingathering of exiles,…and whereas we have dedicated ourselves to Chalutzic Aliyah and desire this outlet and whereas we have dedicated ourselves to the task of building the first kibbutz of Yehuda Hatzair, we: Rhoda Ain, Louis Cogan, Edna Edelberg, Herman Cohen, Albert Ghertenstein, Herby Goldman, Henny Lowy, May Polksy, Menachem Roytenberg, Sid Ritter, Naomi Sharpe, Bunny Sherman, Tessie Sorokin, Abe Stochinsky, Ted Tulchinksy – members of this tnua, resolve and form “Garin Aleph shel Yehuda Hatzair b’Canada.”

September 15th, 1951: Six Young Judaeans to study in Israel. Herb Horwich, Harvey Narrol, Ben Zion Shapiro, Elliot J. Markus, Leo H. Marcus, and Herman Cohen. This was Young Judaeas first contingent – the Machon. The first contingent of Machon met with Young Judaea’s founder, Dov Joseph, that year in Jerusalem.

1960’s: Strengthening of camps throughout Canada. Senior Camps were established in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. Camp Solelim occupied a site in Sudbury, that had originally been the site of Camp Biluim, before it moved to Huntsville and then to the Laurentians in Quebec (1971).

1970: Tragic loss of Lyle Isaacs. From the Judaean, January, 1971 entitled, “In Grief – And With Rededication – We Mourn.” “Those who knew Lyle – even those who had only heard of him – have since that day been haunted by the utter meaninglessness of his death. To many of us, Lyle had the most to offer of all the human beings we knew in this world, and his death was a cruel and snuffing out of this limitless potential. The loss to Young Judaea was a multi-dimensional tragedy.”

1970’s: Vital times for Young Judaea! Every year met with excitement and a new sense of vitality. P’gishot, Mifgashim and Kinusim were held all over Canada. Hagshama closed and Camp Kinneret opened.

1990’s: All camps start to expand their numbers and infrastructures are improved. In the late 1990’s Canadian Young Judaea saw an expansion of its Israel Programs, which increased the number of Judaeans in Israel to over 200.

Beginning of CYJ alumni being hired as Camp Directors all across Canada

2007: Gala Reunion honouring Helen Glazer for over 40 years of dedication to Camp Solelim and CYJ National.

Massive increase of year-round programming – including Youth Council, JOLT, JOLT Sr.

Re-connecting with both Hanoar Hatzioni and American Young Judaea and building new partnerships.

Beginning of alumni programming, events, and newsletter.