Jewish Summer Camps
Since we began tracking camp attendance in 1998, more than 350 Congregation Beth Torah students have attended a Jewish residential camp. I think you will all agree that this is awesome!
Following in Marcia’s footsteps, Aaron Nielsenshultz be serving this summer as a faculty member at Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, IN for the first two weeks of Kallah Bet (July 8 – 20, 2014). If you have any questions or thoughts about your child and camp, he’d love to chat with you.
Beth Torah offers a Camp Farewell during our annual Erev Shavuot Picnic and Worship on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The YAEC will present students who are headed to camp or Israel with a farewell gift.
Thank you to all the parents who responded to the pleas of information about when and where their children will be attending camp this year. Aaron will write letters to ALL of them. Let Aaron know if your child is not on this list so they can receive a letter, too! The students we know are going to camp are:
Chloe Azorsky, Gabi Azorsky, Rebecca Bachmuth, Olivia Balanoff, Aaron Berkowitz, Jared Boehm, Oscar Chase, Lauren Cole, Isaac Decker, Chloe Ephraim, Nina Gale, Rylee Hendrikse, Mya Levitch, Corey Minkoff, Elyana Myer, Liam Nielsenshultz, Aisling Nielsenshultz, Avi Pavin, Sarah Rawitch, Sarah Shaw, Jacob Shaw, Emily Tranin, Conner Wilson, Keeley Wright.
You can contact Aaron at Aaron@beth-torah.org to add your child’s name.
Camp presents your child with the opportunity to mature and gain independence, to learn social skills and explore personal interests. At Jewish camp, daily activities are often enriched by Jewish values and the culture of Judaism.
Whether they’re telling stories in their bunks, learning about the environment, or playing kickball, campers explore what Judaism means to them in a safe, nurturing and fun environment.
At Jewish camp, children will not only develop confidence and social skills; they discover a deep-seated and profound sense of what it means to them to be a Jew.
Campers Become Leaders
The impact of Jewish camp doesn’t end on the last day of summer. Children with pivotal Jewish camp experiences are more likely to become adults who value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes and take on leadership roles in their communities.
Anecdotal and statistical evidence confirm that children who attend Jewish summer camps are more likely than those who did not to join a synagogue or a JCC, to support their local federations and become leaders in the community, whether as rabbis, educators, professionals or lay leaders.
1st Time Camper Grants
The Jewish Federation/CAJE will also offer some 1st Time Camper Grants again this year through an organization called One Happy Camper. As soon as we receive notification that the on-line registration is open, all our members will be notified. If your child has never been to a Jewish overnight camp, you may be eligible for one of these grants.
If you want additional information, you can contact any of the following people who would LOVE to talk to you about camp:
Jewish Camp Scholarships
Summer Camp News