Nestled in the trees to the east of Church Street, just north of its junction with Rossland Road West in Ajax, sits a little cluster of buildings all in a row, hidden from view, abandoned and forgotten by time.
For forty-five years, this site served as a camp for Jewish children. Camp Yungfeld (Youth World) was established by the Toronto Workmen's Circle in 1925, as an extension of the school curriculum of its two yiddish secular schools in Toronto, on Beverly and on Mariah Streets. The original site was on Lake Wilcox, but moved to the Pickering site after its first year.
In 1927, Itche Goldberg took over as camp director. Goldberg is an internationally reknown Yiddish writer of children't books, poet and literary critic. He was a passionate life long activitist for the preservation of the Yiddish language and secular Yiddish culture. At Camp Yungvelt, he created "Yungvar", a journal recording camp activities, which eventually became a children's magazine.
Camp Yungvelt closed its doors in 1971, selling the land. One of the cabins was lost to a fire on July 26th, 2011. Boarded up and abandoned, these buildings that hold so much history and so many memories, quietly await their fate, most likely victims of a wrecking ball making way for a widening of Rossland Road.
On Nov 14th, 2009 an alumni reunion took place at the Workmen's Circle Centre.
2012 - owner lives on site