The recent rise in antisemitism on college campuses has sparked concerns among students, parents, and communities. As the challenges faced by Jewish students navigating higher education persist, there is a growing need for safe spaces that celebrate Jewish identity and foster a sense of belonging.
Camp is generally a great experience for kids. They deepen their Jewish identities, broaden their communities, and learn new life skills. However, these benefits can also mean your camper needs some time to process their experience on their own while readjusting to life at home.
Rachel B. Handloff
The URJ has been bringing Israeli counselors to camp for many years. Their presence offers several valuable benefits to the camp program.
Sleepaway camp offers many things that research tells us are critical building blocks of wellbeing: immersion in nature, creativity, movement, music and the arts, community and belonging, friendship, curiosity and growth mindset, new experiences, opportunities to explore spirituality and identity, and more.
As I contemplate how God manifests in our lives, I’m struck by the value of faith not only in God, nature, and other unknown universal forces, but also by faith in each other as we all strive for a life filled with meaning, purpose, and joy.