Monthly Archives: September 2016

Shana Tova!

Shana Tova 5777 from Camp Judaea on Vimeo.

In just a couple of days, we will say goodbye to 5776 and welcome the Jewish New Year 5777 with apples and honey, well-wishes, and hopes for a sweet new year.  As we proudly reflect on the past year and recent completion of our 56th summer season, we are so thankful for the amazing memories that were created by campers and staff and the wonderful opportunities that Camp Judaea provided them.

As we celebrate our own successes and accomplishments, it is important to remember those whose year was not as sweet and full as ours.  In 2016, Camp Judaea served 623 campers and over 35% of those campers received financial aid based on need.

Now we look ahead to our 57th season and watch our enrollment climb faster than ever before.  Many of the applicants have already indicated that they will need financial assistance in order to send their children to camp, and we anticipate even more will request help as we get closer to the summer.

Every child should have the opportunity to attend Camp Judaea and should not have to miss out on a summer of Zionism, friendship, and fun due to financial circumstances.

You can make Camp Judaea a reality for deserving campers by making a gift to the Camp Judaea scholarship fund.

A family that you so generously helped send to camp last year could not be any more thankful:

“…You have made a very difficult time for our family so much easier and taken an incredible weight off of our shoulders and made our souls sing…Then today when I received your email (about scholarship), I literally let out a sigh of relief that my kids, through you guys, will be shaped to be the humans I want them to be, and be kind, compassionate, and have a strong love for all Jews and mankind.”

Click here to make a “sweet” donation today to Camp Judaea’s scholarship fund.

Thank you and Shana Tova!

From Strength to Strength

tomOur Executive Director, Tom Rosenberg, finishes his term with us here at Camp Judaea and takes his role as the CEO of the American Camp Association. We are very proud of Tom, his hard work, dedication, and leadership for Camp Judaea, and we wish him all the very best in his newest endeavor.

A search committee was formed and has been working since early in the summer to find the perfect fit for a new Executive Director. Until then, Leah Zigmond will assume the role of Interim Director and continue to lead the CJ team.

Leah joined the Camp Judaea family last November as the Associate Director and has been working tirelessly to enhance our program and take our Israel and Jewish education to new heights. Leah, her husband, Simon, and their two sons moved to Atlanta a few years ago after living on Kibbutz Lotan in Israel’s Southern Arava desert for 13 years.

leah“The family feeling of Camp Judaea reminds me very much of Kibbutz life, which I experienced firsthand for 13 years. I love how much campers and staff care about each other and the feeling of community that we have at camp-wide events. We will all miss Tom so much. He has been a wonderful mentor to me in my first year at CJ and has prepared us well for our next steps. I look forward to working with the entire CJ family to really look at what it means to be a Pluralist Egalitarian camp and how best to serve our diverse population. I am excited for the opportunity to mentor staff, dial down into our Zionist Education curriculum, and make sure that we are offering our best version of a modern and experiential approach to teaching a love and appreciation for Israel.”

We have full confidence in Leah and the professional team at Camp Judaea in their ability to help transition us seamlessly from strength to strength!

As the search process continues, we look forward to updating the CJ community along the way.

tom-and-leahSee, even camp directors have fun sometimes!

Jerusalem Post: Preaching to the Choir

This summer, Camp Judaea Kesher campers participated in a program with StandWithUs, an Israel education organization, while on their trip to New York.  Read all about it and the meaningful work StandWithUs is doing in this great article posted in the Jerusalem Post. Don’t miss the quote from our very own, Leah Zigmond!