KI GOES TO SUMMER CAMP

There’s Still Time to Register Campers for Camp JRF!

There is still time to register your child between the ages of 7 and 17 for Camp JRF this summer! Campers can swim and play sports while exploring the arts in a Jewish Reconstructionist environment. They learn from visiting artists, scholars and rabbis, as well from talented specialists and dedicated college-age counselors. Our campers make lasting friendships, experience a safe and fun summer, explore Jewish tradition, forge their own Jewish identity, and participate in creating a Jewish culture in which our values are lived each day.

Located on the Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Campus in the Pocono Mountains, the camp is within easy driving distance of New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Maryland, and a short flight from the rest of the continent. The beautifully wooded campus in South Sterling, PA, includes a waterfront with canoes and kayaks; a low and high ropes course and climbing wall; a heated swimming pool; endless hiking trails; a baseball diamond, tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and archery and athletic fields; a state-of-the art theater; an arts and crafts center; an indoor athletic facility; and a complete wellness center.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Why should I send my child(ren) to summer camp?

Summer camp is an amazing opportunity for young Jews to have a lot of fun and stay engaged with their Judaism during the summer. Summer camp is one of the strongest indicators of youth continuing to engage with Judaism as they grow up. Campers also make lifelong friends at camp as well as learning independence and self-confidence. Just two weeks at a summer camp can be a transformational experience for a child. Below are a number of Jewish camps and programs that KI endorses.

We’d love to hear if you are sending your child to Jewish summer camp so we can be sure to send them a KI Package!

-Rabbi Carrie, Jennifer, Rachel, and Rose

Alice Greenwald No’ar Hadash Summer Camp Scholarship

Need assistance sending your child to camp?  Apply for the Alice Greenwald No’ar Hadash Summer Camp Scholarship and you could win free tuition for your first time camper!  Click here for the application.  Forms are due by February 1st and the recipient will be notified on February 10th.

Which Camp Should I Choose?

Below is a list of some camps and programs that we recommend.  There are many other great, Jewish summer camps to choose from.  For a more complete list of Jewish camps in North America, click here to visit the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

If you have more questions about any of the camps, or for more information, click on the camp website, or send Brian an email and we’ll try to answer any of your questions.

Camp JRF is the summer camp of the Reconstructionist Movement. Located in South Sterling, PA, Camp JRF is an opportunity for students entering grades 2-12 to experience as little as 1 week or as many as 8 weeks at a Reconstructionist camp. This camp is highly recommended for anyone who wants to stay within the movement. For more information about Camp JRF, visit www.campjrf.org.

Camp Alonim is located at the Brandeis-Bardin Instititue; the same place we host OJE. Alonim is available for students from 2nd-11th Grade. They can come for anywhere from 1 week to a full 8 week summer. Alonim is a non-denominational Jewish camp. For more information about Camp Alonim, visit www.alonim.com.

Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp are both run by Wilshire Boulevard Temple and located in Malibu. They are both reform movement camps that offer Judaism in a beautiful setting along the Pacific Ocean. Students entering 3rd-10th grades can attend either camp for 2 or 4 weeks. For more information about both Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp, visit www.wbtcamps.org.

URJ Six Points Sports Academy is a brand new, Jewish sports camp based at Occidental College in Los Angeles.  This camp is a great option for students who want to continue honing their skill in a certain sport and be able to do it at a Jewish camp.  The staff includes high school and college level coaches who will help campers develop as athletes as well as people.  For more information about URJ Six Points Sports Academy, visit www.6pointssports.org/california.