1935: Life at Camp Kinder Ring

 Campfire with Youth Choir conducted by H. Wolowitz  (c)  Forward

Campfire with Youth Choir conducted by H. Wolowitz

(c) Forward


These photos from the archives of the  Forward Newspaper, founded in 1897, stem from an ad placed in the paper in 1935: 

'The Workmen's Circle of New York, beneficial support system and friend to Jewish immigrants and progressive citizens everywhere, extended an invitation to family, friends, members and children to come Upstate and enjoy the opening of their 10th season at Camp Kinder Ring in shady, cool, gloriously nature-bound Pawling, New York. A rich program was on offer with concerts, symposiums and atheltic games--all prepared by the talented personnel.'

The camp, whose alumns include noted former US Senator Barbara Boxer, offered a vibrant progressive Jewish summer education for campers, primarily the children of the immigrant working classes, that was steeped in Yiddish language and culture. The camp still exists, currently located in Sylvan Lake, NY.


 The interior of the kitchen, with staff lined up for the camera  (c)  Forward

The interior of the kitchen, with staff lined up for the camera

(c) Forward


 Forverts Newspaper (Forward) founding Editor-in-Chief Abraham Cahan speaking to group gathered at Camp Kinder Ring  (c)  Forward

Forverts Newspaper (Forward) founding Editor-in-Chief Abraham Cahan speaking to group gathered at Camp Kinder Ring

(c) Forward


 Abraham Cahan addressing the camp  (c)  Forward

Abraham Cahan addressing the camp

(c) Forward


 Folks rushing up the stairs at Camp Kinder Ring  (c)  Forward

Folks rushing up the stairs at Camp Kinder Ring

(c) Forward


 The dining room  (c)  Forward

The dining room

(c) Forward


 The main building on grounds of Camp Kinder Ring  (c)  Forward

The main building on grounds of Camp Kinder Ring

(c) Forward


 Dining at the camp  (c)  Forward

Dining at the camp

(c) Forward


 Children in the dining room  (c)  Forward

Children in the dining room

(c) Forward


 The bunk rooms  (c)  Forward

The bunk rooms

(c) Forward


 The lake and the dock  (c)  Forward

The lake and the dock

(c) Forward


 Arts and Crafts counselor, acclaimed artist Chaim Gross seen leaping off the dock  (c)  Forward

Arts and Crafts counselor, acclaimed artist Chaim Gross seen leaping off the dock

(c) Forward


 The entrance to the Workmen's Circle Camp Kinder Ring showing 'welcome' sign, parking lot and Yiddish transliterated insignia 'Arbeter Ring'  (c)  Forward

The entrance to the Workmen's Circle Camp Kinder Ring showing 'welcome' sign, parking lot and Yiddish transliterated insignia 'Arbeter Ring'

(c) Forward


 Children at work in a garden  (c)  Forward

Children at work in a garden

(c) Forward


 Crowds gathered outside main building at Camp Kinder Ring  (c)  Forward

Crowds gathered outside main building at Camp Kinder Ring

(c) Forward


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 All pictures drawn from the Forward Archive

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