MEET THE YOUNG ALUMNI CHALLENGE AND DOUBLE YOUR GIFT!
All gifts made by young alumni will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
Dear CJ Family and Friends,
We’re writing to ask you to join us in supporting the Miracles Happen Scholarship Campaign and make a difference in the lives of Jewish kids. Last year nearly 140 campers requested more than $250,000 in financial assistance and Camp was only able to fund half of those requests.
The Schilit family is challenging Camp Judaea Alumni and new friends who are 30 and under (born 1984 or after) to give to CJ’s scholarship campaign. For every dollar that is contributed for CJ Scholarships between now and Tu B’Shevat on February 4, the Schilits will match donations, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000. Every dollar you contribute is considered a charitable gift and is tax-deductible.
Please consider making a scholarship gift today and double the impact through this matching grant opportunity (click here to make a gift online).
Camp Judaea transformed each of our lives in our youth and inspired us to give the best of ourselves to Israel and the global Jewish community. Help us provide that experience to a new generation of Judaeans. Together you and I will change the world, one CJ camper at a time. Let’s meet this challenge!
Sydney Baranovitz – Bogrim 2003
David Berlin – Bogrim 2004
Aviva Berman – Bogrim 2000
Reuben Karchem – Bogrim 2002
Melissa Zuckerman – Bogrim 2002
This past Sunday it was a pleasure to join many of our South Florida Camp Judaea campers and young alumni at the JCS Kosher Food Bank in North Miami Beach where they had an opportunity to serve their community by packing food distribution packages and learn more about the important services that this program provides.
Organized by Young Judaea Southeastern Shaliach, Neta Shani, this brief but deeply impactful activity reinforced important Jewish values such as Areyvut (ערבות / Community Mindedness) and Achrayut (אחריות / Social Responsibility) which our chanichim (campers) experientially learn every day while at Camp in the summer. The Volunteer Manager of the Food Bank gave a brief talk to help these menschy kids understand just how widespread hunger is within the community and how the Food Bank provides an important entry point for hungry families who need a wide variety of social services offered by Jewish Community Services of South Florida.
One older boy asked the Volunteer Manager just how much food a needy family might obtain from the Food Bank. The Volunteer Manager asked the boy how many boxes of cereal his family of six consume in a week to which the boy replied “four.” The Volunteer Manager explained that a typical family would receive only two boxes of cereal a month and that they only have enough resources to supplement a family’s food supply. This story inspired our chanichim to do what they can particularly at this season of Thanksgiving to help the Food Bank and the disadvantaged families it serves. Kol HaKavod to all the young people and adults who made this meaningful activity possible.
Air travel is often challenging, exhausting and occasionally unpleasant these days, but it offers time to pause and reflect. Today I’m excited to be flying south to visit two communities to introduce and celebrate Camp Judaea with a fun mix of new and returning families. The year-round team and I feel much gratitude for the enthusiasm we have seen and heard throughout the fall enrollment season. To date more than 85% of our camper spaces are filled for our 55th Season and we are beginning to form wait lists in some of our units (it’s not too late to enroll in both sessions in many units, but please apply soon).
On behalf of David, Berlin, Gayle, Ron, Robert, Dee and our very talented summer tsevet team, I wish to thank the entire CJ family for their truly inspiring support. An extraordinary summer of fun learning awaits us all in just over 200 days!
Tom Rosenberg, Executive Director