Jewish Life and Tikkun Olam

Berkshire Hills Culinary is a values based Jewish Camp that is welcoming to everybody. All the food we serve and cook with is kosher, but you do not have to be kosher to enjoy it. Berkshire Hills Culinary campers will get multiple tastes of Jewish life in the kitchen. Our Culinary Curriculum covers many types of cuisine and includes familiar Jewish dishes like cheesecake and brisket along with less familiar dishes like Mofletta or Coriander Cumin Chicken. Campers will learn the cultural story of these foods while they cook. Jewish counselors and instructors from Israel and other countries will add to their understanding of Jewish life and food.

Beyond the kitchen, at Berkshire Hills, we celebrate Shabbat with a beautiful dinner that includes singing, dancing and of course, homemade Challah. The entire camp then heads to the Rec Hall for our Oneg which is an original funny skit that focuses on one of Camps’ eight values. On Saturday morning, everyone in our community takes part in Tikkun Olam community service projects.

Tikkun Olam, the concept of repairing the world through community service, is an important element of the Berkshire Hills’ experience. Past projects include making bookshelves for victims of natural disasters, creating game books for children in the hospital, and preparing bagged lunches for the less fortunate. Culinary Campers will have the opportunity to put their skills to work with culinary project geared toward less fortunate members of the local community. During Tikkun Olam, the goal is for our campers and staff to think of themselves as part of a larger community. We want each person to think of others and how each of us can play a role in giving back. We hope that they then carry this lesson into their daily lives outside of Berkshire Hills.