President’s Welcome

Welcome to The Eli and Bessie Cohen Camps, our family of three New England Jewish summer camps full of fun, energy and amazing community, capped by an Israel discovery experience.

boys best friends

Here, children live all the magic of summer: deep friendships, outdoor living, arts, swimming and sports. What sets the Cohen Camps experience apart is how we connect with each other, exploring and celebrating our shared values, traditions and love of Israel, while we discover and appreciate each person as an individual. Jewish life, learning and joy infuse our days both as a rich heritage and as powerful ideas to guide us as we grow. We are pluralist and Kosher.

My family founded the nonprofit Cohen Camps in 1935, and I have the privilege of building on the values and joy in the camp environment that shaped me. Now I, along with our entire nonprofit Board of Directors, welcome your family into the Cohen Camps community.

Board of Directors

Etahn Cohen, Chair
Alison Clew
Jackie Croopnick
Gregg Darish
Lynne Delise
Renee Goldberg
Paul Greenberg
Carol Bolton Kappel
Daniella Levine
Jon Wasserman
Adina Cohen Ziegler
Sarah Ziegler
Jonathan Cohen, President

Our Mission

The Cohen Camps enrich children’s lives by encouraging Jewish youth to be comfortable and confident in themselves so that they can connect positively with others and the world they live in. We are a community of positive role models who help our youth explore their Jewish identity and experience the joy of their Jewish heritage. Our campers and counselors leave camp determined to sustain Judaism and the Jewish People, and are committed to contributing responsibly to their world.

Our Two Nonprofit Names

The Cohen Camps are actually two independent nonprofits which operate together as a single entity, supporting each other and their shared activities. Each camp maintains its own financial records. That’s why all payments and donations go through one of the camps—into its nonprofit—rather than “The Cohen Camps” generally. In short:
3 camps. 2 nonprofits. 1 shared organization.

Camp Pembroke, located in MA, operates under
Eli and Bessie Cohen Camps of Massachusetts, Inc., with Tax ID 04-6003680

Camp Tel Noar and Camp Tevya, located in NH, operate under
Eli and Bessie Cohen Camps, with Tax ID 04-6152862

Alumni from 1965-2006 may recall that the organization was called the “Eli & Bessie Cohen Foundation.” This was never an endowment to fund the camps. In fact, it was the opposite. During those years, camp tuition generated funds which were then donated to support Jewish organizations in the US and Israel. Since 2004, all funds received by the camps—tuition, donations, and any other sources—get invested in the camp experience at Pembroke, Tel Noar, and Tevya. Changing the name to “The Cohen Camps” in 2006 confirmed this switch.

Situated beside lakes in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, each of our camps shines with its own personality, connected by a common vision and legacy of leadership. Let us help you select the ideal Cohen Camp for your child.



Jonathan Cohen,
Third-generation President
The Cohen Camps

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