Why Jewish Summer Camp? Five Good Reasons to Give it a Try


kids roast marshmallows at camp1. Jewish overnight camp is more affordable than you think.

The joy of summer camp should be available to everyone. That’s why we offer One Happy Camper grants for first-time campers (up to $1,000) and need-based financial scholarships. That leaves more money to spend on other important things — like slime ingredients.

2. Jewish camp fosters kids’ independence.

At camp, kids have the freedom to make choices and develop new interests in a safe and nurturing environment. With peer and counselor support, we encourage kids to take on responsibilities, and they rise to the challenge. Their resulting growth can surprise you. For example, you may have to ask only three times for them to brush their teeth, instead of nine.

3. Whatever your level of Jewish identity or practice, there’s a Jewish camp that’s right for you.

Don’t know your keppe from your kishkes? That’s OK. No matter where you are on the Jewish spectrum — religiously observant, culturally Jewish or Jew-curious — we have a camp to meet you at your comfort level.

4. Nervous? Try it out for a week.

Your child can test the waters with our “Taste of Camp”: a chance for second-, third-, fourth and fifth-graders to experience the fun of camp for a week or a weekend. After a few days of great activities, making new friends and hanging with awesome counselors, kids know if they’re ready for the plunge.

5. It’s packed with activities your child will love.

Sure, we have superfun summer activities like swimming, boating, beach volleyball and gaga. Yeah, we’ve got archery, horseback riding, rock climbing, hockey, zip lining, paddleboarding, ropes courses, yada yada yada. But we also have activities to suit every child’s interests, like filmmaking, drama, dance, painting, photography, music, nature education and cooking. They’ll come home with new talents uncovered and valuable new skills — like perfecting the art of making slime, for instance (see #1).

What are you waiting for? Find the right camp for your child at jewishphilly.org/camp, or contact Abby Weinberg, associate director of Jewish life and learning, to help you plan your child’s best summer ever at [email protected] or 215.832.0570.

Super Sunday Volunteers Sought

Make the calls that make a difference on Super Sunday.

Spend time with your friends and neighbors while helping to keep our Jewish communities strong. Help us kick off the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s 2020 campaign with a day of tzedakah. Together, we can secure vital resources for our communities.

Feb. 23 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Five locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area


Locations and site captains:

Jewish Community Services Building* Philadelphia Additional shift: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Site captain: Susan Freedman

The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS* Bala Cynwyd Site captains: Amir and Stacey Goldman

Convergent Technologies, Inc. Malvern Site captains: Scott Goldberg and Glenn Paskow

SofterWare, Inc. Fort Washington Site captains: Jenifer Thomas and Sarah Vogel

Shir Ami Newtown Site captains: Jon and Meredith Stevens

*Child care will be available at these two locations

For more information, visit jewishphilly.org/supersunday or call 215.832.0880


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