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KlezKamp is a yearly Klezmer music and Yiddish culture festival in New York State,which originally took place in late December, but is now held in late July/early August.

Founded in 1985 and still run today by ethnomusicologist and award-winning record and radio producer Henry Sapoznik,[1] the program creates an innovative and intensive environment where senior practitioners of the Yiddish folk arts—klezmer music, Yiddish song, Yiddish language, literature and poetry, the culinary and visual arts—pass on their life skills to newer generations.

Formerly held every December at the Hudson Valley Resort, a hotel in New York's Catskill region, and now held at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY (also in the Catskills), it attracts people from around the world to study with a veritable "Who's Who" of contemporary Yiddish life and culture.[citation needed]

Similar programs, such as KlezKanada, have emerged from it.[2]


  1. ^ KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program(www.klezkamp.org)
  2. ^ Kalish, Jon (26 August 2014). "After 30 Years, First Klezmer Festival Founder Says 'Mission Accomplished'". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 16 August 2016.

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