Jewish camps

Incubating Summer Fun

From sports to technology and business to ‘wellness,’ Jewish foundation will offer campers new specialty camp experiences for 2014 season.
09/18/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

So, your son is too busy with his startup ventures to bother with color war? Your daughter is happier in a science lab than in front of a campfire? The idea of your organics-only child exposed to S’mores and bug juice makes you queasy?

That’s no reason not to send the kids to Jewish overnight camp.

Or at least it won’t be as of June 2014, when four new programs are slated to hatch from the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC)’s second “specialty camp incubator.”

The URJ's Six Points Academy is one of the most popular of the five specialty camps launched in 2010.

Vaccines And Jewish Camps

What parents need to know.

05/18/2016 (All day)

A ll of a sudden, bottles of hand sanitizer appeared all over,” said Rabbi Jason Miller, looking back at 2009, when the swine flu craze reached Camp Maas, a Jewish summer camp in Ortonville, Michigan.

Campers at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in Wingdale, N.Y. Uriel Heilman

The Play’s The Thing At Unique Poconos Camp

08/31/2015 - 20:00
staff Writer

Some of the girls who showed up at the first day of Camp Maor, a performing arts camp for Orthodox teens and pre-teens in the Pocono mountain range of Pennsylvania, were extroverts, veterans of school plays and performances in front of friends and family. Others were introverts, shy kids who needed a shot of self-confidence.

Photo By Maureen Merdinger and Michael Melisky

Camp, The New Internship

With new focus on ‘21st century skill-set,’ camp is fast becoming another data point on a teen’s resume.

05/26/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Barbara Rose Welford was looking to enroll her teenage daughter in summer camp, color war and cookouts weren’t enough to catch her eye.

Campers at Camp Inc. buckle down. Courtesy of Camp Inc.

Camps Build Robots And Ruach

Next cohort of boutique camps luring new generation of sophisticated Jewish teens.

05/27/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Josh Steinharter was growing up in mid-’80s Dayton, Ohio, he split his summers between baseball camp and Jewish camp.

Six Points Sci-Tech Academy will allow teens to choose workshops ranging from robotics to environmental science. Courtesy of URJ

Jewish Day Camps: The Choice For Families

05/27/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Spring is here and it’s time to dream and plan for summer. 

No, we haven’t been dreaming about the beach or surfing the Internet for exotic destinations; our sights are much closer to home.

Melanie Schneider and Jill Mendelson

Funders Debate Inclusion During Tour Of Camps

Philanthropists get an education in special-needs camping along twisting Pocono roads.
08/06/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Usually, eating is the fun part and cleanup is a chore.

That’s not how they do it at Camp Nesher, an Orthodox overnight camp in the Poconos, where on any given day, lunch or dinner will turn the dining hall into a disco.

A raucous gang of campers — some with disabilities — whoops it up after dinner at Camp Nesher. Helen Chernikoff

Summertime And The Camping Is Jewish

07/28/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist
Extra! Extra! This week’s article comes to you directly from the Union for Reform Judaism’s Crane Lake Camp (, in West Stockbridge, MA!
Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Don’t Like Hebrew School? Try Hebrew Camp

The Conservative movement’s Ramah camps debut Daber, a program to step up summertime ivrit acquisition.
Editorial Intern

08/16/2010 - 20:00

Not every summer camp has its own celebrities. But “Rami” and “Chani” a fictional boy and girl whose names derive from “Ramah” and “Machaneh” (Hebrew for camp) have become the new stars of Camp Ramah, the Conservative movement’s summer camp network.

But it’s not exactly a life of glamour for the “famous” characters, portrayed by Ramah counselors, who have the job of reinforcing the kids’ newly acquired Hebrew-language skills.

Ramah counselors and students interact to learn Hebrew, with counselors wearing “Rami” and “Chani” hats.
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