The popular all-boys camp was founded in 2002 by Reb Heshy Weber and Rabbi H. Ravitzky with approximately 150 children, and grew to about 800 children.
Rabbi Weber, who directed the camp since its opening, says the decision was not an easy one to make.
“After much deliberation, and with a heavy heart, we decided to close this chapter in time,” Rabbi Weber told TLS. As the principal of a school and director of other new projects, I felt I needed to stay focused on the larger missions. We cannot thank enough the parent body that has been with us for all these years, and allowed us to give your children the best memories possible.”
Rabbi Weber says the last few days have been very hard for him as he thinks about the closure.
“I will miss the camp, but I thank Hashem for giving me the ability to place smiles on children’s faces for 17 years,” he said. “The Ruach and warm memories of Camp Kanfei Yona will remain with us forever.”
(See a video of the camp below.)