Kishroniyah: Filmmaking: Kitchen Crew Confidential

Kishroniyah is one of our centerpiece programs for our Tzad Bet (B-Side) chanichim (campers).  Kishroniyahcomes from the Hebrew word kishron, which means skill.  For one week each summer, we invite an array of high-level specialists into camp to run intense special programs for our older campers.  Machon and Nivonim have 12 hours of Kishroniyah from Sunday-to-Wednesday, and Magshimim and Bogrim have 8 hours of Kishroniyah from Wednesday-to-Friday.

Please enjoy this documentary on our incredible, hard-working Kitchen Crew, created by our Magshimim/Bogrim Kishroniyah filmmaking group: Kitchen Crew Confidential.

Filmmaking Kishroniyah is overseen by Arnon Shorr.  Arnon is a filmmaker and author.  He grew up between worlds: half Sefardi and half Ashkenazi, a Hebrew speaker living in America, a Jewish private-school kid in a mostly non-Jewish suburb. Whenever he’d set foot in one world, his other foot would betray him as different.  That’s why he tells stories that embrace the peculiar, where things that are different are the keys to survival and success.  To learn more about Arnon, visit

Arnon wrote and directed the short film The Pirate Captain Toledano, about Jewish pirates!  Click here to view the film on Amazon.  That short film was adapted and expanded by Arnon and our Assistant Director, Josh Edelglass, into the graphic novel José and the Pirate Captain Toledano, published by Kar-Ben!  Click here to see the graphic novel on Amazon.

Set in the shadows of the Spanish Inquisition, José and the Pirate Captain Toledano is the coming-of-age story of José Alfaro, a young refugee who forms a powerful bond with the mysterious Pirate Captain Toledano. It’s also a dynamic pirate adventure on the high seas, with hand-to-hand combat and ship-to-ship action, and also a powerful story about finding oneself and connecting with one’s heritage.