Organic, gluten-free and locally sourced food — now available at Jewish summer campFebruary 7th, 2018
“I think a lot of families are really focused on healthy living at home, and they are looking for camps that reflect those values in the camp,” said Isaac Mamaysky, who serves as the camp’s director with his wife, Lisa.
At Camp Zeke, the canteen offers a smoothie bar and trail mix instead of the traditional candy and chips. Campers can participate in a variety of exercise programs, such as yoga, martial arts, dance and climbing. And while kids still eat traditional camp offerings, such as pizza and chicken wings, they are made in healthy ways.
“We serve many of the things that you would find in other camps, it’s just they don’t come out of a box, they’re not frozen, and we’re making them from scratch and we’re making them in the healthiest possible way,” Mamaysky said.
Camp Zeke also caters to kids with food restrictions and has a separate chef dedicated to their needs.
18 Up-And-Comers To Watch In The Camp IndustrySeptember 23rd, 2017
“At Camp Zeke in Lakewood, PA, campers are encouraged to celebrate and embrace a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. Throughout the summer, students learn all the skills for leading a more healthful life – from yoga, to organic cooking, to mindfulness. What’s more, the camp’s picturesque and quiet lakefront location is the ideal spot to relax.”
1,800+ Attend 43rd Annual Westchester Jewish Music & Arts FestivalAugust 22nd, 2017
WHITE PLAINS, NY — More than 1,800 people attended the 43rd Annual Westchester Jewish Music & Arts Festival Sunday, August 20 at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. In addition, Israeli dancing by Camp Zeke, was led by Cantor Uri Aqua throughout the day.
The Importance of Teaching Health and Wellness to Jewish TeensMay 18th, 2017
“It is imperative that Jewish organizations that cater to teens prioritize teaching healthy habits. Thankfully, a few Jewish organizations are paving the way in this field… Camp Zeke is launching a three-city teen tour that will make stops in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. In the Zeke Teen Travel Program, rising 10th [to] 12th graders will experience the food and fitness cultures of these three cities…”
Camper article: Playing, and growing, at Camp ZekeMay 12th, 2017
This article was written by Liya, an amazing camper! “Breakfast is delicious. Then we do three really fun activities, such as dance, circus, cooking, basketball, swimming, and more…. As you can see, Camp Zeke will teach you a lot and keep you healthy. If you are interested in this camp, sign up quickly because the camp fills up fast.”
New Jewish Teen Tour Focuses on Food and FitnessMay 8th, 2017
“Jewish teen foodies can get their culinary fix over the summer. Zeke Teen’s new three-week travel program gives rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders the opportunity to experience the food and fitness cultures of New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston through a Jewish lens.”
Camp Zeke Offers a Summer of CrossFit and Farmers’ MarketsMay 1st, 2017
“The 10th to 12th graders will shop at farmers’ markets, meet with master chefs at top restaurants, cook meals and explore the cities’ niche neighborhoods, including a walking and eating tour through New York’s Lower East Side.”
“We really wanted the sort of camp that reflected the way we live our own lives,” Isaac Mamaysky said. “We cook healthy foods together, we work out together, we’re really into joyful Jewish community, so we wanted to start a camp that reflected all of those values.”
Overnight Experiences for First-Time CampersJune 9th, 2016
Get both a taste of camp life and sample the gourmet meals, as well as the elective based program which includes sports, swimming, culinary arts, running, dance, and more healthy and active options.
Oh G-d, It’s Already Time to Think About Summer CampFebruary 5th, 2016
According to Nearpass, sleep-away campers are now finding fitness options such as Zumba. That includes the 7-to-17-year-olds at Camp Zeke Lakewood, Pennsylvania, a Jewish wellness camp five hours from DC… At the 560-acre facility, which is entering its third season, meals are organic and locally sourced whenever possible, and kids can learn healthy cooking in a professional teaching kitchen. The long list of fitness electives includes strength training and self-defense.
NJ Jewish Day Camps & Overnight CampsFebruary 4th, 2016
Campers celebrate healthy, active living through organic food, athletics, and culinary arts. Campers can throw on an apron and cook with a professional chef and choose from numerous electives like krav maga, dance, yoga, weight lifting, running, soccer, tennis, and so much more!
Time Out NY’s Things to Do: CampsJanuary 29th, 2016
The overall focus at Camp Zeke is wellness, so campers learn the value of a healthy lifestyle that includes fitness and a nutritious diet during their stay. It’s structured with electives, meaning kids can choose from activities, such as Krav Maga, soccer or dance, or opt for more chill pastimes, like yoga or boating. Children interested in food can try the culinary-arts program, explore the teaching kitchen, compete in cooking competitions and learn recipes they can whip up at home. Campers often help prepare the wholesome dishes served in the dining hall, a.k.a. Cafe Zeke, using organic, locally sourced ingredients.
“…different Jewish organizations came together in a show of support Monday night. Members of over 60 different Jewish organizations held their banners high and marched into the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale to display their unity with Israel.”
“This summer I spent three weeks in Lakewood, Pennsylvania at Camp Zeke, an active sleep-away camp for Jews. My time there was fascinating and fun. I was very close to my cabin, Shualot. We were assigned certain tables for meals and sat with different counselors and campers of all different ages. We had a choice of activities every day including tennis, culinary arts, Zumba, and swim.”
From litigating cases to lighting campfiresMarch 10th, 2015
“When I was still at the law firm, one of the titans of the camping industry told me that he’d met countless lawyers who wanted to become camp directors, but not a single camp director who wanted to become a lawyer. Now I understand why, and it’s not for the reasons I initially thought.”
8 New summer programs for Jewish teenagers in 2015March 10th, 2015
“In order to expand the marketplace of options for New York’s Jewish Teens, The Jewish Education Project and UJA-Federation of New York are launching a cohort of 8 new summer programs designed to match specific interests and needs of Jewish teens in New York.”
With launch of four new camps, specialty sector is boomingMarch 10th, 2015
“Isaac Mamaysky of Camp Zeke said the camp will offer more frequent cooking classes and longer fitness electives. ‘At a new camp, nothing ‘just kind of happens,’ Mamaysky said. ‘You have to make it happen.’”
From litigating cases to lighting campfiresJanuary 28th, 2015
Written by Isaac!
“…Lisa and I had a unique vision for what the ideal camp would look like. In our personal lives, we cook healthy, organic foods, go hiking and cycling, and relish our involvement in the Jewish community, so we wanted to create an overnight camp that reflected what we see as a recipe for healthy living.”
With launch of four new camps, specialty sector is boomingJanuary 16th, 2015
“Directors of the new specialty camps say they plan to expand their offerings this summer in response to camper requests. Isaac Mamaysky of Camp Zeke said the camp will offer more frequent cooking classes and longer fitness electives. ‘At a new camp, nothing ‘just kind of happens,’ Mamaysky said. ‘You have to make it happen!'”
New Jewish Summer Camp Options for ParentsOctober 22nd, 2014
“In the weeks and days leading up to camp, my 10-year old read the entire website and pamphlet, practically memorizing the sample menu and activities list. My 8-year old was excited to go away for the week with his big brother and try his hands at Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts). I of course missed them each day, but followed along with the pictures on Facebook and their website and I could see they were having so much fun. Camp Zeke exceeded our high expectations.”
UJA of NY Aims to Reach Over 98,000 Jewish Teens with New ProgramsOctober 8th, 2014
“…Camp Zeke’s Blintzes and Barbells program, which consists of three, interrelated, self-reinforcing components: exercise and fitness, culinary arts and nutrition, and Judaism and Israel. Jewish lessons and values are seamlessly woven into the curriculum. Programs on these topics are offered as one-time events at synagogues and JCCs.”
Niche camps help kids connect to JudaismAugust 15th, 2014
“At Camp Zeke in Pennsylvania, which focuses on fitness and health, 12-year-old Poe and his nine-year-old brother, Charles, fell in love with Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts) and took up cooking with a passion. They are planning to continuing studying Krav Maga locally.”
Filling a Niche: Health, Fitness and Judaism at Camp Zeke in the PoconosAugust 13th, 2014
“This scene at Camp Zeke’s martial arts gym, replete with kickboxing mats and punching bags, is just a typical day in an atypical camp… Besides the boot camp, campers ranging in age from 7 to 17 partake in other specialty electives such as gourmet cooking, krav maga and yoga, as well as ‘regular’ summer camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts and sports.”
Four New Jewish Specialty Camps Open For Inaugural SummerJune 19th, 2014
“…visionary camp directors have spent the previous 18 months creating distinctive new camps that blend a specific skill or area of interest with Jewish culture and values… Camp Zeke: focusing on health and wellness in the Poconos, Camp Zeke offers campers electives to enhance skills and create healthy lives. From Krav Maga to yoga and culinary arts…”
“Next cohort of boutique camps luring new generation of sophisticated Jewish teens. …While [Isaac] wanted his camp to promote exercise and good nutrition (along with yoga and Krav Maga), to him, it was vital that it also provided the sense of community he had at [the camp he grew up at]… ‘To this day my warmest memories and closest friendships were all the result of camp,’ he said. ‘Half of the groomsmen at my wedding were my friends who I met when I was 10 years old at Camp Jori.'”
Summertime, and the Living is…Jewish?May 8th, 2014
“I am so excited to be sending Rachel to Camp Zeke this summer. She’ll love the cooking, dance and theater, and I’m delighted that Camp Zeke’s Jewish experiences will underscore our family’s values. It is a win-win for both of us!” says Alicia Serviss of Springfield.
New Camp Taps Into Healthy Living for KidsMay 2nd, 2014
“A whole lot’s cooking at Camp Zeke: innovative yearlong programs in fitness and culinary events; the opening of a summer camp that weaves together being fit, eating well, having fun, and Jewish teachings; and an emphasis on delicious, nurturing food.”
Camp Assembly Puts Focus on ‘Inclusion’May 2nd, 2014
“Over 700 people from all over North America, Israel, and even a contingent from Hungary attended the assembly at the Hyatt Regency. Every major camping organization was represented, including denominational camps like Ramah and URJ camps, organizational affiliates like B’nai B’rith camps, youth group camps like Habonim Dror, and upstarts like Camp Zeke, a fitness and cooking camp that will have its inaugural summer this year.”
“Camp Zeke will be a Poconos-area camp that will help children become healthier, fitter, happier, and more spiritually-engaged Jews. It is founded on the time-honored Jewish lesson that physical and spiritual well-being go hand-in-hand.”
“The type of healthy living that campers experience at Zeke has a positive impact on every aspect of their lives, from happiness to academic success. After a few summers in this warm community, kids build a commitment to wellness that becomes part of their Jewish identity, and they live Zeke’s lessons for the rest of their lives.”
“Camp Zeke will be a Poconos-area camp that will help children become healthier, fitter, happier and more spiritually-engaged Jews. It is founded on the time-honored Jewish lesson that physical and spiritual wellbeing go hand-in-hand.”
Membership & Community Affairs UpdateJanuary 10th, 2014
“It may be cold outside but we are heating things up at the FHJC for you. On Sunday, January 26th, Camp Zeke will be teaching our children how to live healthier lives by giving a cooking demonstration.”
“Let’s make a resolution as a Jewish community to encourage and support healthy eating and exercise. Don’t forget to bring your family and friends along too, as studies show that working out with friends is better than exercising alone. Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!”
“Camp Zeke will be a Poconos-area camp that will help children become healthier, fitter, happier, and more spiritually engaged Jews. It is founded on the time-honored Jewish lesson that physical and spiritual well-being go hand-in-hand. Focusing on pure foods, energizing fitness activities and culinary arts, Camp Zeke will immerse campers in traditional teachings of shmirat haguf (taking care of the body) and the latest developments in exercise science and nutrition.”
“We see ourselves as more than a summer camp,” Mamaysky said. “We’re about creating a healthier Jewish community that is more conscious of fitness and healthy food. We want to bring our model of healthy living to local synagogues.”
Where are the Jewish Wellness Initiatives?September 25th, 2013
“One of the JCHI’s latest partners is Camp Zeke, a new Jewish overnight camp that focuses on fitness, organic food, and healthy cooking. Campers can throw on an apron and cook with a professional chef, participate in energizing fitness activities, like strength training and dance, and in the process, join a community of like-minded peers. Camp Zeke is also establishing a series of year-round cooking and fitness seminars for a mini version of the summer experience.”
“Camp Zeke will be the only Jewish camp where children will enjoy their classic summer camp experience, while simultaneously eating healthful food and learning valuable lessons from experts in exercise, cooking, and nutrition.
They will be able to don an apron and cook elaborate dishes with a professional chef and customize their experience with
numerous fitness electives.”
“Camp Zeke will utilize traditional camp activities from capture-the-flag to communal meals – which at Zeke will be prepared by the campers – as learning opportunities that will remain with campers long after the summer is over. The time-honored Jewish teaching that physical and spiritual wellbeing go hand in hand is an integral part of Camp Zeke’s mission and will help to fill a current void in the Jewish community”, writes Benjamin Waldman.
Camp Zeke Brings Healthy Living to the Forefront of Jewish Summer CampMay 19th, 2013
“When most of us think of health, what usually comes to mind is the absence of illness; but health is really so much more than that. Being “healthy” means leading a vibrant, successful life that includes mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.”
Traditional Jewish Comfort Food Does Not Inherently Align Itself with a Healthy LifestyleMay 9th, 2013
“Camp Zeke will utilize traditional camp activities from capture-the-flag to communal meals – which at Zeke will be prepared by the campers – as learning opportunities that will remain with campers long after the summer is over. The time-honored Jewish teaching that physical and spiritual wellbeing go hand in hand is an integral part of Camp Zeke’s mission and will help to fill a current void in the Jewish community.”
New camp all about food and fitnessApril 25th, 2013
“We’ll be like the health club of camps,” said founder and director Isaac Mamaysky. “Some campers will focus on running, dance or strength training, while others will come to enjoy organic food, create original recipes or just kick-start a more active lifestyle.”
Where are the Jewish Wellness Initiatives?April 16th, 2013
“It’s no secret that we have a foodcentric culture, in which celebrations and holidays involve elaborate meals full of fat and calories. We like to cook and eat but we don’t like to exercise very much, and unfortunately, we’re unwittingly passing this onto our kids.”
Where are the Jewish Wellness Initiatives?April 10th, 2013
“…after hours of Google research, I was able to find just five Jewish organizations working to improve our community’s health through fitness and nutrition. To continue our altruistic tradition of helping each other, we need to create more Jewish wellness initiatives while doing everything we can to support those that already exist.”
“…Kids will come for a variety of reasons. Some will focus on running and exercise, some will cook interesting and healthy organic dishes and others may want to simply experience a summer of noncompetitive physical activities.
Why the name “Camp Zeke?” Zeke, [Isaac] said, is short for Ezekial, the biblical character, whose name means ‘immense strength.'”
Camp Zeke Executive Director Isaac Mamaysky to Speak at Third Annual Spring Humanities FestivalMarch 20th, 2013
On March 27th, Isaac will speak at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Rhode Island, about Camp Zeke’s innovative program. The keynote speaker at the event is James A. Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting education and research.
“‘Kids just don’t know how much fun it is to be active.’ Isaac Mamaysky does. Along with Lisa Kravitz, he is founder of Camp Zeke, dedicated to ‘exercise science, nutrition and Jewish education,’ espoused by some 20 experts in these fields hoping to make not just good campers, but healthier ones out of those who attend.”
Creating A ‘Canyon Ranch For Kids’February 6th, 2013
“We’re tapping into trends popular with Jewish and non-Jewish families: holistic wellness, teaching kids from a young age about health and how to be active…We anticipate a very pluralistic environment where campers can come whether they’re observant at home or not and be part of a community, learn new traditions”
Where are the Jewish Wellness Initiatives?February 5th, 2013
“Campers can throw on an apron and cook with a professional chef, participate in energizing fitness activities, like strength training and dance, and in the process, join a community of like-minded peers. Camp Zeke is also establishing a series of year-round cooking and fitness seminars for a mini version of the summer experience,” writes Aliza Wadler Solomon.
Parents, schools should encourage kids to lead a healthier lifestyleJanuary 17th, 2013
“The average Jewish family is more likely to eat a lavish meal together than go for a walk or kick around a soccer ball,” writes Aliza Wadler Solomon. She later explains: “Summer camps are also great places for children not only to be active, but to learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle at home.”
Op-Ed: Time to Adopt a Healthier LifestyleDecember 19th, 2012
“As we become a society of couch potatoes, our health declines. Americans are eating more and moving less, and unfortunately, these habits are rubbing off on our children,” writes Aliza Wadler Solomon, a graduate student in public health who is working closely with Camp Zeke. “It’s up to all of us to make sure that today’s Jewish children grow up to be tomorrow’s healthy adults.”
Jewish camp devoted to wellness to recruit Pittsburgh campersNovember 13th, 2012
“The idea is to provide an immersive Jewish fitness experience for kids who may not be into sports, but who enjoy activities such as hiking and yoga, and would like to learn how to prepare healthful recipes.”
Camp Zeke: The Health Club of CampsOctober 12th, 2012
“”Our community strongly values healthy living, but very few Jewish programs teach kids how to lead a healthy lifestyle,’ says Lisa. ‘At Camp Zeke, campers will discover the fitness and cooking activities that best fit their personalities.”‘
Grant Awarded to First Jewish Camp Focused on Active Living, Culinary Arts, and NutritionOctober 3rd, 2012
“The time is ripe for this type of program. Nutrition and fitness have become really cool, and for good reason. An increasing number of studies show that eating well and being active improve every marker of children’s success, from confidence to academic performance,’ said Isaac.”
Foundation for Jewish Camp announces four new specialty campsSeptember 13th, 2012
“‘The [first specialty] camps exceeded their enrollment benchmarks and provide a new path to Jewish camp for many children,’ Al Levitt, president of the Jim Joseph Foundation said. ‘We have the utmost confidence that these four new camps will do the same.”
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