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“A Taste of Summer”

Get to know Michael Wolf of WOLFoods Inc. and some of his incredible staff.  We have enjoyed two summers of WOLFoods services and are looking forward to another delicious summer together!

What are your favorite camp meals?  We’re planning the menu now…

Email Elana at epollack@campjudaea.org

First Session 2016 Wrap-Up

By now, our first session campers have been reunited with their families and are moving on to the next phase of their summer vacations. We know our first session parents are dying to know every exciting detail about your child’s month here at CJ. One of the biggest complaints that we get is that when parents ask their children how camp was, they respond with a grunt— “good”— before passing out and sleeping for the next day and a half. Here are a few questions and topics to bring up to help combat the CJ Blues and get your campers talking…and we know they can talk!

How many times did you go down the zip-line? Climb the tower?
What was your favorite meal?
Who was your bunkmate?
Where did you go on your day trip?
Which chuggim (electives) did you choose?
What did you learn during Bikkurim?
Ask them to teach you their favorite cheers.
What was your favorite Midah (Jewish value) that we learned?
Ask them to sing one of the songs they learned in shira (the singing activity) with you.
What was their funniest moment at camp?

We hope this gets the conversation flowing for you! If your camper has extra cute or funny responses, we’d love to hear them! Email Elana: epollack@campjudaea.org


Opening Day Pamphlet

For all of you who came through the gates on Opening Day, you were given a packet of information about the many exciting things that we are doing here at Camp Judaea. In addition to the new Chadar Ochel that will be in place next year (all of your campers were so excited to hear about it!), in the years to come we will be building a new Cabin Village, a new Arts Center, adding a teaching and sports pool as a part of our Aquatics Center, and expanding our Beit Knesset to make sure all of our campers can have enough room to worship everyday. Please look through the Opening Day Pamphlet and feel free to contact Matt Gross at mgross@campjudaea.org with any questions.


We are happy to announce that early enrollment for Summer 2017 is now OPEN. We invite you to apply and enroll early before spaces fill up!  The Early Bird Discount applies to those who enroll before 10/01/16.

Dates and Fees for 2017 can be viewed on our website under the Current Families tab.  Scroll down below the 2016 dates and you will see next year’s information.  Applications for enrollment can be filled out through your CampInTouch account on our website.  Click HERE to enroll your camper today!


We also hope you’ll share the weekly CJ News videos with your campers, as they have not had the chance to see the finished products while here at Camp. All of the videos from first session are located in this folder on our Vimeo Channel.  The final video of First Session is attached below! 

CAMP JUDAEA NEWS 2016 – FINAL WEEK – First Session from Camp Judaea on Vimeo.

 

Shabbat Shalom from your CJ Family!

In Our Own Sight: A New Vision of Jewish Camp

A great article by our mentor and friend Rabbi Avi Orlow…

As parents, we want to see our kids succeed in all facets of life – whether that is getting into a certain college, establishing themselves in a career of their choice, or empowering them to compete in the global marketplace. In many ways, our children’s success is the “promised land.”

In Our Own Sight : A New Vision of Jewish Camp

Tzevet in the Spotlight: Matthew Kaplan

Meet Chalutzim Merakez: Matthew Kaplan

Matthew returns for his fourth summer as a Camp Judaea staff member. Former positions at CJ include madrich, drama activity counselor, and Rosh Drama. This year he will take on the roles of 10306321_10202043852377102_660407853288269704_nMIT Coordinator for first session and Chalutzim Merakez for second session.

He was initially drawn to CJ as a senior in high school after hearing all of his sister’s entertaining camp stories and wanting to experience something new before setting out to college. But during the last three summers, Matthew says Camp Judaea has become the place where he feels the most comfortable, the most empowered, and the most challenged.

“If you had asked me four years ago if I would still be a staff member be at CJ, I probably would’ve said no. If you would’ve asked me four years ago if I would voluntarily lead a group of teenagers on a ten-day excursion in the woods, I would have said no. But here I am. Because of Camp Judaea, I have learned how to push myself to my limit, and this summer I am going to do so even further.”

Matthew is originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL, but now lives in Atlanta. He enjoys walking along the beach, reading, spending time with friends, and binge-watching Netflix. He has had the nickname “Ralphie” since he was a freshman in high school when someone pointed out that he resembled a character from “A Christmas Story.” Additionally, Matthew claims to be the biggest Disney fan there ever was!

“I can’t wait to begin yet another adventure at Camp Judaea this summer!”

How Jewish Overnight Camp Teaches Leadership!

To be truthful, there are no courses at camp on how to be a leader. There is swimming and tennis and Color War. Some of the camps have water skiing and others have intensive science and technology. There are two Jewish Camps that have intensive sports programs. So how do the camps make leaders?

READ MORE of this article posted by JewishBoston.com
Thanks Foundation for Jewish Camp for sharing!

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

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!