Camp Kadimah has been the centre of Jewish life for young people in Canada’s Maritime Jewish community since 1943. Over time, it has become equally cherished by Jewish youth from across Canada, the US and Israel – instilling important Jewish values, strong Zionist ties and a down-to-earth attitude for life.
Kadimah is dedicated to offering each camper and staff member a welcoming, meaningful and inspiring experience – one which fosters personal growth, self-confidence and lifelong friendships within a haimish culture – influenced by our Jewish values, Maritimes roots and our commitment to Israel.
In 1943, Camp Kadimah began to cater to the Jewish community of Atlantic Canada, and over the years, it has truly become an international camp. It was first a community camp, bringing together Jewish youth from across the four Atlantic Canadian Provinces summer after summer. It was the brainchild of Eli Zebberman of Halifax, who desperately wanted to establish a camp for both Jewish boys and girls. Met with much resistance from the traditional-minded leaders of the Maritime communities, Zebberman garnered support from Canadian Young Judaea and financial backing from a number of supporters. The first site was purchased at Port Mouton, near Wobamkek Beach on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, welcoming 47 campers for three weeks in July 1943.
Kadimah settled on its current site in 1944 – first rented and then purchased in 1946 – and it has been the most cherished address to thousands of campers and staff ever since. The magnificent property on the shores of Lake William in Barss Corner, Nova Scotia – nestled inside historic Lunenburg County – has seen up to three generations of youth (some from the same family) experience its unmatched hospitality and incredible “ruach” (spirit).