Summer 2024

Israel and Leadership Teen Programs

The Pembroke experience leads to two special teen summers.

A Capstone and Bridge

For Cohen Camps teens, their summers at camp may culminate in two meaningful programs, each specially designed to strengthen teens for their futures: the Dor L’Dor Israel travel capstone and the Kadima Teen Leadership bridge to a staff role. Both bring Pembroke teens even closer together as a cohort while also connecting them to peers at Camps Tel Noar and Tevya, our co-ed siblings in the Cohen Camps family.

Dor L’Dor Israel Travel

4.5 weeks in Israel as the capstone of the Pembroke camper experience

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Summer 2024 Destination:

Spain + Portugal

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In the face of war and antisemitism, it’s more important than ever that our young adults connect with and feel at home in our global Jewish family.

The Summer 2024 trip will explore Jewish culture and history in Spain and Portugal: a special crossroads of beauty, Jewish resilience, and Jewish contributions to the arts, sciences, and trade. The safety of our children and teens is always our highest priority.

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In Israel: June 30 – August 1, 2024
At camp: August 4 – 14, 2024

Dates subject to change.

After completing 10th grade, teens from all three Cohen Camps—Pembroke, Tel Noar, and Tevya—join up for Dor L’Dor Israel Travel: an intensive month in Israel, a trip that is physically, spiritually, and intellectually stimulating. Then our own teens may return to Camp Pembroke for 10 days of reflection, reconnection with their Pembroke sisters, and the chance to share some of their discoveries with the rest of camp. 

We strongly believe that direct experience of Israel is integral to the way each person develops their Jewish identity, values, and character. Dor L’Dor gives our teens an opportunity to create a personal relationship with the historical, religious, and cultural aspects of Israel’s people, land, and heritage. Younger campers relish the weekly Shabbat updates sent in by the Dor L’Dor travelers and the stories they hear upon the teens’ return. This opportunity for campers to learn from “near-peer” teens and then become the role models themselves is a distinctive feature of the Cohen Camps’ approach.

My DLD experience changed not only my life and love for Israel, but who I am in ways I never could have expected. The friendships, memories, and new values I hold so close have made me prouder to be a Jew and myself.

Families of teens eligible for Dor L’Dor, please watch for invitations to information sessions in the fall and spring. Dor L’Dor Director Mindee Greenberg welcomes you to contact her by email. You can also reach Mindee or DLD Administrator Patty Bleicher at 781.489.2070.

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Your gift will help provide food and excursions to create fun social events where Dor L’Dor travelers can meet Israeli teens.



Her experience was unforgettable. She was able to see Israel through a different lens, being with kids her age.

Kadima Teen Leadership

Internship and bridge to a Camp Pembroke staff role

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In Hebrew, “kadima” means “move ahead” and “let’s go!”

The Cohen Camps Kadima Teen Leadership curriculum develops future Jewish community leaders by cultivating real-life, hands-on skills in responsibility, planning, decision-making, teamwork, and communication. Camp Pembroke’s Kadima is our redesigned CA (Counselor Apprentice) program–and the critical next step in bringing the benefits of camp forward into adulthood and as prospective Camp Pembroke staff. Like Dor L’Dor, Kadima offers opportunities to connect with teens from all three Cohen Camps: Pembroke, Tel Noar, and Tevya. 

Kadima starts with a curriculum for learning and bonding at camp followed by a CA (Counselor Apprentice) Internship working directly with campers. 

  • The first weeks of summer build skills in leadership, teamwork, and growth mindset. Teens explore and practice how to facilitate and support positive social dynamics, encourage participation by others, and advance their own resilience, sense of responsibility, collaboration, and decision-making.  
  • The CA Internship at Camp Pembroke immerses the teens in hands-on leadership, with direct parallels to leadership outside of camp that will help them understand how to be counselors and leaders with more knowledge, practice, confidence, and support. Teens earn a stipend and have appropriate privileges within the CA Intern role.

The Kadima program has a robust curriculum in communication, teamwork, responsibility, empathy, and time management.

Families of teens eligible for Kadima, please watch for invitations to information sessions in the fall and spring. Kadima Director Stacey Smalley welcomes you to contact her by email or by calling the office at 781.489.2070.

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Kadima is a critical investment in our teens as individuals and as staff for younger campers. To make the Kadima program possible, we are building a dedicated, eco-friendly space at Camp Pembroke that will be called the Kadima Yurt Village. It will include teen housing in low-environmental-impact yurts and a community center building with indoor gathering space, wi-fi, a kitchenette, work space, bathrooms, and staff housing.

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Help build and sustain the Yurt Village!

Get Ready for Summer!