Jewish Summer Camp Opportunities
Jewish Summer Camp
Next to your personal family connections,going to Jewish summer camp is one of the strongest
life-long bonds to Jewish life!
Our congregation recognizes the positive impact that Jewish summer camp
experiences can have on a young person’s lifelong commitment to Judaism; our
Board of Trustees has adopted a policy of awarding $1,000 to every Shaaray Tefila child who attends a Reform Movement
sleep-away camp for the first time.
Click here to read about
Union for Reform Judaism’s Camps. These camps are wonderful opportunities for
Jewish children to have a meaningful, traditional camp experience, while
developing a deep sense of Jewish identity that lasts a lifetime.
In addition, if a student has not attended a Jewish sleepover camp before,
the Foundation for Jewish Camp offers a $1,000.00
new camper incentive award. For more information and to see if you are eligible
for this scholarship, please click here.
If eligible for that award, your student could receive a total of $2,000.00 off their first summer at a URJ Camp
(with both awards)!
Shaaray Tefila will have limited amount of need-based scholarships for
returning campers. Please reach out to
Hope Chernak if you have any questions.
Union for Reform Judaism’s Summer
In the northeast area, the Reform Movement has two summer camps in Berkshire
County, Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge and Eisner Camp in Great
Barrington. Both offer opportunities for children the same age as yours to live
in a Jewish environment and learn about being Jewish while they enjoy all the
great experiences of swimming, boating, sports and crafts that are part of summer
camp. For more information about these camps please check out their website at:
For High School Students, they
could also attend a teen only camp experience at NFTY’s summer home the URJ
Kutz Camp. Students get to choose from many different subjects and activities
to create their own “college menu” of summer activities. For more information,
please check out their website at: http://kutz.urjcamps.org/
Please make sure to let us know if you are interested in sending your child
to one of these camps – we want to make this happen for them!
It is Shaaray Tefila’s hope that this gift be an incentive to find out more
about the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) camps! These camps are wonderful
opportunities for Jewish children to have meaningful traditional camp
experience, while developing a deep sense of Jewish identity that lasts a
lifetime. That truly is a gift worth giving to your child.
Other program opportunities for High School Students during the summer:
NFTY’s Mitzvah Corps: a summer
experience through social action! Click here to learn more about
NFTY’s residential social action program.
Click here to read a blog entry by our high school
teen, Talia about her summer experience at NFTY's Mitzvah Corps of the South in
WHY JEWISH CAMP?
Important information from the Foundation for Jewish Camp:
"The numbers are in..." Research indicates that Jewish camp does
By examining and cross-tabulating the results of 26 existing Jewish
community population surveys, we compared the attitudes and behaviors of adults
who had attended Jewish camp as children with those who did not. Survey
responses covered 13 different areas
of adult behavior or attitude, including synagogue membership, observance of
holidays, donating to Jewish charities, and connection to Israel.
Camp attendance increases the likelihood of adult participation and
identification in every one of these areas.
To learn more about this study, please click here
Read more about the power of Jewish Camping by URJ's past President by Rabbi
Eric H. Yoffie: Reform
Jewish Camping: The Essential Question