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General Information

The Teva Learning Center is a non-denominational educational service for students who attend Jewish Day schools, Hebrew schools, camps and community centers. Teva is sponsored by Shomrei Adamah at Surprise Lake Camp, an agency of UJA-Federation of New York.

Goals: The residential program for 4th and 5th grade students integrates the study of ecology and environmental education with Jewish concepts and values through hands-on activities in a cooperative, non-competitive outdoor setting. By using the forest as their classroom, Teva students also develop a greater sense of responsibility, independence, and self-esteem. They leave the program having forged intimate connections with each other and the natural world and with a deeper knowledge of how Judaism can inform our interactions with the rest of creation.

Facilities: The Teva Learning Center is hosted by several sites. Each offers excellent hiking opportunities and outdoor recreational space. All sites offer comfortable lodging and strictly kosher vegetarian food.

Safety: All Teva staff members are first-aid and CPR certified and carry first-aid kits at all times. They also receive basic wilderness medical training. In addition, a medical professional is on site and on duty all day. In case of a medical emergency, there is a hospital less than 20 minutes away from each site.

Staff: The resident Teva Learning Center staff includes an Administrative and an Educational Director, a Program Coordinator, a medical professional and a teaching staff of qualified field group leaders and specialists. In addition, schools bring adult teacher chaperones.

In addition to providing teachers with resources once they leave Teva, we also offer a variety of classes throughout the week. While the students are off hiking and learning about our natural world, teachers can also spend the week enhancing their knowledge of Judaism and the environment. for more detailed descriptions of the classes.

Additionally, the Teva staff is more than happy to work with teachers on specific projects are interested in or obstacles they may run into at their school. In the past, we have worked with schools on implementing recycling programs, building school gardens, and even slightly adjusting some of the activities at Teva to better fit into the school's curriculum. The Teva staff has a wealth of collective knowledge on a wide range of environmental and Jewish topics, so please feel free to speak with us.

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