Jewish camping

Camps Quietly Serving Special Needs

First-ever national study on Jewish institutions and disabilities finds more accessibility than expected, but little publicity.

05/07/2013
Associate Editor

Jewish overnight camps are serving more children with disabilities and special needs than had previously been believed, but are doing little to publicize or market these offerings, according to a preliminary study released last week by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC).

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi .

Camp HASC Supporters Plan Legal Action To Reverse `Brazen Coup D’Etat’

 In the wake of our April 15 story, “HASC Staff Fighting Return Of Disgraced Exec,” an effort is under way to bring legal action against the board of directors of the highly praised special needs camp for rehiring Bernard Moshe Kahn, who was forced to resign more than seven years ago for alleged improper use of charitable funds.

Summer Camp Impact Seen High In New Study

Strongest evidence yet of effect of camping on Jewish identity, adult engagement.

03/02/2011
Associate Editor

When your child grows up, do you want him or her to feel an emotional attachment to Israel, go to synagogue and donate regularly to Jewish causes?

Then start packing a duffel bag, and load it on a bus bound for a Jewish sleep-away camp.

A just-released report — the most comprehensive analysis so far of the impact of Jewish camp experiences — offers the strongest evidence yet that a summer of bug juice, fresh air and color war leads to significantly stronger adult Jewish engagement.

Do camps cultivate a stronger Jewish future?

Tough Choice: School Scholarship Or Summer Camp

Parents already reeling from the high cost of active Jewish life may soon be facing a difficult choice for their high school children between tuition scholarship for day school and a summer camp or summer-in-Israel experience.

Welcome Muddah …: Greetings From Family Camp

02/15/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

I’ve learned a few odd habits of New York parents. One of them is that, in this fast-paced town, families often wrap up summer plans in February.

Elicia Brown

Avi Chai’s Last Will And Testament?

As the foundation prepares for dissolution, it focuses on partnerships benefiting day schools and camps.

11/02/2010
Staff Writer

In its latest round of grants, The Avi Chai Foundation has demonstrated a new strategic approach to its funding, one that reflects the reality of a foundation preparing to spend-down its nearly $600 million endowment by 2020.

“We acting with the understanding that our legacy depends on the success of institutions who will survive us,” says Avi Chai’s

The Power Of Jewish Camping

09/03/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

There was a Bar Mitzvah at a Ramah overnight camp a few weeks ago. That's not unheard of, but it's notable considering current debates on the role, worth and nature of Jewish education.

Summertime, And The Speaking Is Hebrew

08/10/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

By 8 a.m., the air hung heavily across the Northeast, a thick curtain of suffocating warmth that quickened tempers and slowed thoughts. But Andrew, a counselor at the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, bounded off the bus with his usual energy. 

“The camp has declared it a Yom Cham,” said Andrew, flashing a smile that seldom seemed to falter. On this Yom Cham or “Hot Day,” explained Andrew, Nyack campers would engage in a slew of water activities, a giant inflatable slide, sponge tag and lots of free swim in the brecha — AKA the pool.

The Making Of First-Time Campers

Jewish foundation’s Specialty Camp Incubator churns out five new offerings, and enrollment is booming.

06/22/2010
Associate Editor

Rachel Tore was “the mom who said [her] son would never go to sleep-away camp.”

Because 10-year-old Abraham has a metabolic condition that requires a healthful, organic diet, Tore worried that at a typical camp he’d be tempted by junk food like hot dogs and sugar cereal.

High school interns at a program at Eden Village Camp, one of five new Jewish camps opening this summer.
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