Monthly Archives: February 2016

Financial Aid Opportunities Are Still Available

Dear Camp Judaea Families,

We have put together a list of potential grant and financial aid opportunities still available to our families for summer 2016. Be mindful, these deadlines are fast approaching.  We hope it will assist you in process of finding financial aid.

CAMP JUDAEA CAMPERS: Camp Judaea offers a limited amount of need based scholarship to registered 2016 families on a payment plan. The application is online at http://www.psas.org/CJUD.aspx. Deadline: March 30th, 2016.

Camp Judaea and Young Judaea continue to have an improved scholarship process this year. This process is intended to make it easier for our families and help the scholarship committee understand a clearer picture of each family’s needs. You will only need to fill out one application per family, and that application will cover all participants in ANY Young Judaea program (Camp Judaea, Israel Programs, Tel Yehudah). Private School Aid Service (PSAS) will be administering the application and providing the scholarship committee with an assessment of a family’s financial situation. There is an application fee of $25. This application fee need only be paid once per family and will apply to all Young Judaea programs (if you have a child attending CJ and another at TY/Year Course/Machon, the same fee covers all the applications).

For questions or concerns in filling out and submitting the online application, please contact Josh Belford at (440) 892-4272, ext 230 or online@psas.org. For questions or concerns once the online application has been submitted to PSAS, please contact Kelly Delaney at (440) 892-4272, ext 221 or kdelaney@psas.org or alternatively contact Jennifer Biven at (440) 892-4272, ext 225 or jbiven@psas.org.

Hadassah also offers limited scholarships as well. The Hadassah scholarship committee will consider the same application form that is submitted for the Camp Judaea and Young Judaea scholarships. To apply for a Hadassah Scholarship, please visit http://www.psas.org/CJUD.aspx and indicate on the form that you are a Hadassah member. To be eligible for a Hadassah scholarship, you must be a member of Hadassah. Deadline March 30th, 2016. If you have any questions about this process, please call 404.634.7883 or email info@campjudaea.org.

ATLANTA, GA RESIDENTS: Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Camp Scholarship Program: helps families in metro Atlanta with the cost of camp tuition. Camp scholarships are based on financial need and are awarded by the Federation Camp Scholarship Committee as a part of an anonymous review and allocation process. All applications and inquiries are confidential. The camp scholarship program is funded through the generosity of individual donors, grants from charitable foundations, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Annual Campaign. For more information, please carefully read the Eligibility Guidelines and Information PDF. Then complete the online application and provide your 2015 or most current federal tax documents no later than March, 1 2016. Apply now! There is no limit to number of children in a family who can apply for a scholarship. Once you start your online application, you have 30 days to complete and submit the form. Applicants will be notified in early April of scholarship awards.

Atlanta One Happy Camper grants: First-time overnight campers living in metro Atlanta can apply to receive up to $1000 off their first summer at camp through the Greater Atlanta Jewish Federation. Grants are first come, first served and are NOT based on financial need. Jewish day school students are not eligible for One Happy Camper grants. Understand eligibility and apply for a One Happy Camper grant today.

Second-Year Atlanta One Happy Camper incentive grant: Atlanta campers who received a One Happy Camper grant during summer 2015 may be eligible to receive a Second-Year One Happy Camper incentive grant up to $500. To apply for the second-year grant, complete the One Happy Camper application which includes questions that will determine your eligibility for the second-year program.

BROWARD COUNTY, FL RESIDENTS:  The Jeanette and Abe Sonenshein Jewish Sleep Away Camp Scholarship Fund is available through CAJE-Broward.  Please call 954-660-2077 to obtain a One Happy Camper or Need-based scholarship application. Contact Rochelle Baltuch at rbaltuch@orloffcaje.org. Application available here and is due by March 1st, 2016.

CHARLESTON, SC:  The Charleston Chapter of Hadassah received a generous scholarship grant from The Charleston Jewish Federation for campers in the Charleston area.  To apply for this opportunity, visit http://www.psas.org/CJUD.aspx and indicate that you are a member of Hadassah.  The deadline for this application is March 30, 2016.

LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA and FLORIDA PANHANDLE RESIDENTS: The Goldring Jewish Summer Camp Experience offers one-time grants of $1000 to first-time campers. The application is not currently available. For more information, call Ellen Abrams at (504) 524-4559 or email ellen@jefno.org. The deadline is March 31, 2016.

PINELLAS AND PASCO COUNTY, FL RESIDENTS: The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco County and the Covenant Fund are offering need-based camp scholarships for the 2016 camping season. For more information, please call the Federation office at 727-530-3223.

BIRMINGHAM, AL RESIDENTS: The Birmingham Jewish Federation offers limited need-based camp scholarships. To apply, contact Collat Jewish Family Services at 205-879-3438.

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS: The WNC Jewish Federation offers need-based financial aid.  For more information, please email administrator@JewishAsheville.org.

JEWISH FEDERATION and FOUNDATION OF NASHVILLE AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE: Nashville and Middle Tennessee just started their scholarship program for camp! For more information, contact Chris Moore at chris@jewishnashville.org.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES: Please check with your local synagogues and Federations for opportunities that may be available to your family. As a reminder, this year One Happy Camper grants are generally offered only through PJ Library and specific local Jewish Federations.
If you know of any opportunities that are available, but not listed here, please email Camp Judaea at info@campjudaea.org.

Around the Shabbat Table: Week 4

“Every member of the people of Israel is obligated to study Torah –
whether one is rich or poor, physically able or with physical disability.”
(Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, chapter 10)

“The biggest barrier to creating an inclusive program is not the lack of resources, knowledge, or accessible facilities. The biggest barrier is actually one of attitude…we must understand that inclusion is first and foremost a philosophy. It is a mindset and a belief that everyone has value and something to contribute. It is a willingness to see the ability in everyone and match skill with challenge. It is an understanding that what our programs really provide at their heart is the opportunity to build relationships, learn who we are, and develop skills. It is being committed to the process of making our programs accessible — not only in the physical sense, but also by ensuring that each person’s participation is meaningful….Once we understand that inclusion is not a place, a program, or a time-limited opportunity, and that it is a state of being and a way of operating that says “all are welcome,” we can overcome the practical barriers of resources, knowledge, and accessible facilities.”
ACA (American Camping Association)

Attitude! What is an attitude? What is your attitude towards going to camp? What is your attitude towards your friends at camp? What is your attitude towards the counselors at camp?

What attitudes affect you at camp? How do these attitudes make you feel?

How can you use that feeling to change your attitude towards those or to include those who are differently abled so that they can experience camp like you?

Ask yourself these questions before you go to camp. Remember that everyone is different and we all have something that makes us unique. These qualities are what make the world go around. Use these questions to help others appreciate the special qualities in people who are not like you and how you can include everyone in some way or another.

How is awareness shown?
It is shown when people who have different abilities are treated as a whole person and not only in terms of their disability.
A way to do this is to welcome them and make them feel part of a particular setting. This can make a big difference in their everyday lives.

A key theme throughout the day should be the importance of people with disabilities being involved in all activities and in the camp as a whole.

It is vital to break down barriers and challenge negative attitudes. We need to promote a greater use of universal design principles to ensure that the built environment is accessible to all campers.

Positive things in a person’s life can change their life. Your attitudes of others can make that difference.Around the Shabbat Table

Around the Shabbat Table: Week 3

“Every member of the people of Israel is obligated to study Torah –
whether one is rich or poor, physically able or with physical disability.”
(Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, chapter 10)

In Leviticus it says, “Do not curse a person who is deaf and do not place a stumbling rock in front of a person who is blind.”

What are your responsibilities as a camper towards those who are “different?”

How can you include and support your friends during different activities at camp?

We hope you’ll brainstorm and share your ideas with us! Submit them to Becky for a chance to have your inclusion idea featured in next week’s post!

Here’s an example to help get you started…

Fill in the blank:

When I am at (favorite peulah or activity at camp), I can help include my friends by (give a way to help include all friends).

When I am at T’filah, I can help include my friends by sitting next to them and helping them follow along in the Siddur.

Around the Shabbat Table

Around the Shabbat Table: Week 2

“Every member of the people of Israel is obligated to study Torah –
whether one is rich or poor, physically able or with physical disability.”
(Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, chapter 10)

At CJ, no two people are the same — some differences are just more noticeable. What is the difference between fair and equal? These are challenging concepts for children (and let’s face it, many adults) to fully wrap their brains around. Even when we understand the difference between these concepts, many of us find ourselves reverting back to the age-old whine, “It’s not fair.”

Fairness means that each person gets what he or she needs to be successful.

Equality is giving each person the exact same thing.

Children with disabilities can do many of the things other children do, but it might take them longer, need assistance, or adaptive equipment to help them.

A Family Activity:

• Place two high preferred items up on a shelf, so high that only the tallest participant can reach them (even if it takes some stretching or a little jumping).

• Say, “Anyone who can reach one can have it, no strings attached.” Choose the tallest person first.

• Ask for another person. Ignore the hands and select the shortest person. After a few unsuccessful attempts, they will often go for a chair or table. Say, “You may not use a chair; that would be unfair. So and so did it under her own steam. You must do the same.” Your family will likely complain: “That’s not fair! He can’t help that he’s small.”

• Ponder their argument and say, “Okay, give me your best reasons for allowing him to use a chair or any other kind of assistance in reaching the reward when so and so had no help. How can that be fair?!?”

• Discuss the issues and then let the shortest person use the chair. Discuss further how kids with disabilities don’t always do things the way you do things but it’s not because it is not fair,
but because it is equal. They will get it. Fair isn’t always equal.

Around the Shabbat Table

There’s Still Time to Apply for Financial Aid! Important Scholarship Information

Dear Camp Judaea Families,

We have put together a list of potential grant and financial aid opportunities still available to our families for summer 2016. Be mindful, these deadlines are fast approaching.  We hope it will assist you in process of finding financial aid.

CAMP JUDAEA CAMPERS: Camp Judaea offers a limited amount of need based scholarship to registered 2016 families on a payment plan. The application is online at http://www.psas.org/CJUD.aspx. Deadline: March 30th, 2016.

Camp Judaea and Young Judaea continue to have an improved scholarship process this year. This process is intended to make it easier for our families and help the scholarship committee understand a clearer picture of each family’s needs. You will only need to fill out one application per family, and that application will cover all participants in ANY Young Judaea program (Camp Judaea, Israel Programs, Tel Yehudah). Private School Aid Service (PSAS) will be administering the application and providing the scholarship committee with an assessment of a family’s financial situation. There is an application fee of $25. This application fee need only be paid once per family and will apply to all Young Judaea programs (if you have a child attending CJ and another at TY/Year Course/Machon, the same fee covers all the applications).

For questions or concerns in filling out and submitting the online application, please contact Josh Belford at (440) 892-4272, ext 230 or online@psas.org. For questions or concerns once the online application has been submitted to PSAS, please contact Kelly Delaney at (440) 892-4272, ext 221 or kdelaney@psas.org or alternatively contact Jennifer Biven at (440) 892-4272, ext 225 or jbiven@psas.org.

Hadassah also offers limited scholarships as well. The Hadassah scholarship committee will consider the same application form that is submitted for the Camp Judaea and Young Judaea scholarships. To apply for a Hadassah Scholarship, please visit http://www.psas.org/CJUD.aspx and indicate on the form that you are a Hadassah member. To be eligible for a Hadassah scholarship, you must be a member of Hadassah. Deadline March 30th, 2016. If you have any questions about this process, please call 404.634.7883 or email info@campjudaea.org.

ATLANTA, GA RESIDENTS: Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Camp Scholarship Program: helps families in metro Atlanta with the cost of camp tuition. Camp scholarships are based on financial need and are awarded by the Federation Camp Scholarship Committee as a part of an anonymous review and allocation process. All applications and inquiries are confidential. The camp scholarship program is funded through the generosity of individual donors, grants from charitable foundations, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Annual Campaign. For more information, please carefully read the Eligibility Guidelines and Information PDF. Then complete the online application and provide your 2015 or most current federal tax documents no later than March, 1 2016. Apply now! There is no limit to number of children in a family who can apply for a scholarship. Once you start your online application, you have 30 days to complete and submit the form. Applicants will be notified in early April of scholarship awards.

Atlanta One Happy Camper grants: First-time overnight campers living in metro Atlanta can apply to receive up to $1000 off their first summer at camp through the Greater Atlanta Jewish Federation. Grants are first come, first served and are NOT based on financial need. Jewish day school students are not eligible for One Happy Camper grants. Understand eligibility and apply for a One Happy Camper grant today.

Second-Year Atlanta One Happy Camper incentive grant: Atlanta campers who received a One Happy Camper grant during summer 2015 may be eligible to receive a Second-Year One Happy Camper incentive grant up to $500. To apply for the second-year grant, complete the One Happy Camper application which includes questions that will determine your eligibility for the second-year program.

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS or TENNESEE RESIDENTS: The Jewish Children’s Regional Services has camp scholarship aid available to many families throughout the South. Please visit http://www.jcrs.org/services/camp-scholarship-aid/ for more information and to complete the application. The deadline is February 15, 2016. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application, please contact Janice Zazulak, Camp Scholarship Coordinator, at (504) 828-6334.

BROWARD COUNTY, FL RESIDENTS:  The Jeanette and Abe Sonenshein Jewish Sleep Away Camp Scholarship Fund is available through CAJE-Broward.  Please call 954-660-2077 to obtain a One Happy Camper or Need-based scholarship application. Contact Rochelle Baltuch at rbaltuch@orloffcaje.org. Application available here and is due by March 1st, 2016.

CHARLESTON, SC:  The Charleston Chapter of Hadassah received a generous scholarship grant from The Charleston Jewish Federation for campers in the Charleston area.  To apply for this opportunity, visit http://www.psas.org/CJUD.aspx and indicate that you are a member of Hadassah.  The deadline for this application is March 30, 2016.

LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA and FLORIDA PANHANDLE RESIDENTS: The Goldring Jewish Summer Camp Experience offers one-time grants of $1000 to first-time campers. The application is not currently available. For more information, call Ellen Abrams at (504) 524-4559 or email ellen@jefno.org. The deadline is March 31, 2016.

PINELLAS AND PASCO COUNTY, FL RESIDENTS: The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco County and the Covenant Fund are offering need-based camp scholarships for the 2016 camping season. For more information, please call the Federation office at 727-530-3223.

BIRMINGHAM, AL RESIDENTS: The Birmingham Jewish Federation offers limited need-based camp scholarships. To apply, contact Collat Jewish Family Services at 205-879-3438.

GREENSBORO, NC RESIDENTS: The Greensboro Jewish Federation offers need-based camp scholarships and One Happy Camper grants.  Applications are available here and the deadline is February 29th, 2016. For more information, please contact Rachel Wolf or Betsy Gamburg, Jewish Family Services Director at 336-852-4829 ext. 225 .

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS: The WNC Jewish Federation offers need-based financial aid.  For more information, please email administrator@JewishAsheville.org.

JEWISH FEDERATION and FOUNDATION OF NASHVILLE AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE: Nashville and Middle Tennessee just started their scholarship program for camp! For more information, contact Chris Moore at chris@jewishnashville.org.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES: Please check with your local synagogues and Federations for opportunities that may be available to your family. As a reminder, this year One Happy Camper grants are generally offered only through PJ Library and specific local Jewish Federations.
If you know of any opportunities that are available, but not listed here, please email Camp Judaea at info@campjudaea.org.

Around the Shabbat Table: Week 1

“Every member of the people of Israel is obligated to study Torah –
whether one is rich or poor, physically able or with physical disability.”
Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, chapter 10

What is the difference between being INclusive and not being EXclusive? Many times the words are used interchangeably to convey that everyone gets to participate, but they don’t always function that way. Let’s look at specific occasions and examples so that we can better explain to campers the different levels of inclusion and how they can help.

Start by asking your child about a time when they felt excluded.

How did it make them feel?

What could have been done to make them feel better?

Then ask about what your child can do to prevent someone else from feeling excluded.

Once there is an understanding about exclusion, you can transition into inclusion.

Explain that children with disabilities are like all children in that they want friends, respect and to be included.

What does inclusion mean to you?

It is natural for people to gravitate to certain friends (or cabin-mates) more than others, but it is not okay to leave people out and make them feel excluded.

Consider: Some campers are planning a show, but not all of the campers are performing.  Encourage a discussion about how to include these campers in other ways.  Perhaps invite them to participate by being audience members.  A simple invitation and the feeling of being welcome and wanted goes a long way!