ABOUT US

Aryeh Adventures is a 9/11 memorial charity (501c) created in loving memory of Edward (Ari) Lichtschein. We take a group of special needs youths and unite them with mainstream peers, with the goal of them forming positive, long lasting relationships. Our Aryeh programs bring our participants to some of the most magnificent, inspiring, and exciting locations on the planet. Kindness, understanding, acceptance, and altruism are embodied on all Aryeh tours. Our experienced staff members lead group sessions on social education, giving campers more self-confidence, teaching them how to be better leaders and individuals.

All of our programs are shomer shabbat, shomer kashrut, have daily prayer services, and include unique and intriguing Jewish learning opportunities. 

 

OUR TEAM

Our staff is the heart of Aryeh Adventures. Our programs are run by a highly selective group of experienced counselors, community professionals, educators, and emerging leaders. A passion for being a role model and guiding light to Jewish youth is a key requirement to getting an Aryeh job. We only hire the best of the best when it comes to our staff.

 

                         Yoni Glatt               Aaron Lichtschein      Rabbi  Moshe Grussgott               Justin Spiro                  Gary Berger
                    Executive Director                CFO                        Rabbinic Director                 Head Counselor             Tour Director

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FAQ

Where are participants from?
Campers come from all over the world! To date we've had participants from Israel, Australia, France, Canada, and across the US: NY, NJ, CT, PA, FL, CA, OH, MA, and IL. 

What is the difference between campers and mentors? 

Aryeh campers are participants in special education classes who are between ages 14-22. Aryeh Mentors are mainstreamed high schoolers entering grades 9-12. Mentors are meant to serve as social guidance advisors to Aryeh campers, helping ensure they have an enjoyable and inclusive experience. 
 

What is the level of Jewish observance?
All meals are strictly kosher, and are either provided by our on-site catering staffs, kosher restaurants, or kosher hotels. Participants are asked to observe the laws of Shabbat (e.g. use of money and electronics-including cell phones- is prohibited on Aryeh Adventures). Attending prayer services is mandatory three times daily for boys (and shacharit is mandatory for girls), however, we do not force kids to pray. Those kids who do not wish to doven may either sit quietly or read a book of educational interest. We hope that our participants are inspired to pray after having one amazing and uplifting experience after another. All religious policies are decided by our Rabbinic Director, Rabbi Moshe Grussgott.  
 

What is the size of each program?
Smaller is better. On Aryeh Adventures we believe that the social atmosphere of each program plays a huge part in elevating a campers experience. Because of this, no Aryeh trip will have more than one bus. 
 

How can I sign up?
You can sign up here. New campers will need to have a short interview after registering for a trip as we want to make sure that our program is right for you. 

Are scholarships available?

Scholarships are available for our programs. Most of the scholarships we offer are need based, though there are some some merit-based scholarships offered via various Jewish Federations. We are also a member of the FJC and do offer One Happy Camper grants for first time campers to Jewish camp. Please click here fore more info. Other need based scholarships may be available for kids in special circumstances for Aryeh America. Be in touch and we will do our best to work with you :) 

What is the refund policy?
After November 1 - $200 is non-refundable
After January 1 - $500 is non-refundable
After March 1- $1000 is non-refundable
After April 1 - $1500 is non-refundable
After June 15 - $3500 is non-refundable
Within 10 days of the start of a program no refunds will be given. If a child is removed from a program no refund will be given and it will be the parent's responsibility to pay for his/her travel arrangements back home.