Summer Programs 2014 Guide

December, 28 2012

Camp Airy and camp Louise

Situated in the rolling hills of Western Maryland, Camp Airy for boys and Camp Louise for girls provide overnight camping for Jewish children. Together, we are the only brother-sister Jewish overnight camps in the country. With grade levels spanning 2nd-12th, we make sure to provide new opportunities that challenge campers to reach new heights. Our dynamic program includes: extreme sports, skate boarding, go karts, paintball, arts and crafts, drama, dance, music, outdoor living, swimming, etc. Rookie camp now available for campers entering grades 2 or 3.

Call 410-466- 9010, email, or visit to learn more.

Camp Pembroke, A Cohen Camp For Girls

The only all-girls, trans-denominational Jewish camp in New England, Camp Pembroke is a unique sisterhood and spirited community.  Located near Cape Cod, Pembroke offers a classic summer of fun, sun, arts, performance and sports in a special world totally devoted to empowering each young woman.  Here, your daughter will delight in the freedom and self-confidence to be herself, try new things, and cheer on others, too—whether on the water, field, court, or stage. She’ll love Pembroke’s new, airy, visual-arts studio, camp shows and more. Specialty programs include horseback riding, ice skating, and golf. Through it all, girls experience joyful Jewish life and learning as a source of shared values and traditions. We are one of three Cohen Camps, led by three generations of steadfast family leadership, and capped by Dor L’Dor, an Israel leadership program for Cohen Camp teens.  Sibling discounts and first-time camper grants available. ACA-accredited. Tours all year.

Location: Lake Oldham Pembroke, MA

Participants: Girls, ages 8–16

June 25–August 13, 2014

Contact: 888 Worcester Street, Suite 350, Wellesley, MA 02482

781.489.2070, (Facebook & blog, too)

Camp Tel Noar, A Nut-Free Cohen Camp 

Spirited and NUT-FREE, Camp Tel Noar offers a summer of fun, forever friends and confidence, all infused with Jewish living and values.  We invite your child to join Camp Tel Noar’s co-ed, close-knit community for an exhilarating summer: arts & crafts, athletics, visual & performing arts, water sports on Sunset Lake and in our new pool, a full gamut of electives, inter-camp competition, special events, trips and more. Located just an hour from Boston or four from NYC, Camp Tel Noar is trans-denominational and kosher.  Jewish choices and values inspire our community all week, especially on Shabbat, through song, dance, and tradition.  We are one of three Cohen Camps, New England Jewish overnight camps led by three generations of steadfast family leadership, capped by Dor L’Dor, an Israel leadership program  for Cohen Camp teens. Two-week option, sibling discounts and first-time camper grants available. ACA-accredited. Tours all year.

Location: Sunset Lake, Hampstead, NH

Participants: Coed, ages 8–16

June 25–August 13, 2014

Contact: 888 Worcester Street, Suite 350, Wellesley, MA 02482

781.489.2070, (Facebook & blog, too)

Camp Tevya, A Cohen Camp

A spirited, co-ed, Jewish overnight camp, Camp Tevya offers a summer of fun, self-confidence and “forever friends” with sports, arts and activities from waterskiing to tennis to soccer to talent shows, all under the tall pines of Lake Potanipo.  Our counselors encourage our campers to take chances, to try new things, and to experience the satisfaction of accomplishment and community every day.  Field, court and water sports, visual and performing arts, a full gamut of electives, inter-camp competition, field trips and more.  Located just an hour from Boston or four from NYC. Trans-denominational and Kosher.  Jewish choices and values inspire our community all week, especially on Shabbat, through song, dance, and tradition. We are one of three Cohen Camps, led by three generations of steadfast family leadership, and capped by Dor L’Dor, Israel leadership program for Cohen Camp teens. Sibling discounts and first-time camper grants available. ACA-accredited.  Tours all year.

Location: Lake Potanipo, Brookline, NH 

Participants: Coed, ages 8–16

June 25–August 13, 2014

Contact: 888 Worcester Street, Suite 350, Wellesley, MA 02482


Foundation for Jewish Camp

The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) is the only public organization dedicated solely to nonprofit Jewish overnight camps. FJC employs a variety of strategies toward a single goal: to increase the number of children in Jewish summer camps. To this end, the Foundation creates inspiring camp leaders, expands access to and intensifies demand for camp, and develops programs to strengthen camps across the Jewish spectrum in North America. Through strategic partnerships on local and national levels, FJC raises the profile of Jewish camp and serves as a central resource for parents and organizations alike. One Happy Camper, the Foundation’s largest program which provides need-blind grants to children attending Jewish overnight camp for the first time, has sent 50,000 children to Jewish camp since 2006. FJC works with more than 155 camps, 73,000 campers, and 11,000 counselors across North America each summer to further its mission. 

Great Jewish Books Summer Program at the Yiddish Book Center

A week-long exploration of literature & culture for high school students, the Great Jewish Books Summer Program brings together a select group of rising high school juniors and seniors to read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with powerful and enduring works of modern Jewish literature. Participants study with respected literary scholars, meet prominent contemporary authors, and connect with other teens from across the country.

August 3-10, 2014. Apply by March 15. 

Habonim Dror Camps 

For over 75 years, Habonim Dror campers have been unplugging from city life and connecting to their Jewish identity, their leadership potential, to Israel and to the principles of social justice, equality, and coexistence. Children flourish in a kibbutz-like atmosphere where each camper’s opinions and talents are nurtured.  Whether it is through sports or arts and crafts, Hebrew singing and dancing or nature study, Shabbat spirituality or group discussions, Habonim programs teach a love of living Jewishly.  Check out this new study of Habonim Dror alumni ( to see how the Habonim Dror camp experience nurtures leadership skills, socially aware & engaged folks and a deep connection to Israel.

Call 212-255-1796 to find a camp for your child.

Philadelphia (Camp Galil)

Eastern Canada (Camp Gesher)

Los Angeles (Camp Gilboa)

Vancouver (Camp Miriam)

Baltimore-Washington (Camp Moshava)

New York (Camp Naaleh)

Midwest (Camp Tavor)

Israel (Post 10th Grade)

JCC Day Camps

JCC day camps are the preeminent pluralistic Jewish day camping experience in North America, boasting a network of 125 camps in 35 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces.  Our camps feature caring, well-trained, experienced directors and staff members who are dedicated to making your child’s JCC camp experience the best of their lives. JCC camps are values-based communities, providing excellence and variety in activities and program, while instilling in each camper a strong identity and the positive impact of a connection to their Jewish community and the world around them. At JCC day camps, whether your camper is learning archery, horseback riding, boating, ceramics, baseball, swimming, climbing or any number of other specialties they’re doing it in an environment designed to provide significant growth in self-esteem, peer relationships, independence, and leadership. After attending a JCC day camp, your child will have new skills, life-long friendships, a stronger Jewish identity, a deeper connection to Israel, and a lifetime of memories.

To learn about the JCC day camp nearest you, contact your local JCC. You can find them at, or email: 

JCC overnight Camps

With over 110 years of tradition, JCC overnight camps are the premier pluralistic Jewish overnight camp experience, providing a “home away from home” for thousands of campers and staff each summer. Our family of 24 camps (with two new specialty camps opening in 2014!) offer fun, enriching, and safe adventures based in rich and meaningful values-rooted Jewish communities. JCC camps provide a supportive and loving environment designed by professional leadership and well-trained, dynamic staff members who create the perfect balance of individual growth and community-building, with opportunities for campers to build their confidence, resilience, leadership, friendships, and an appreciation for the world around them.  From backpacking to sports, from fine arts to boating, regardless of your camper’s needs or interests, there is a JCC camp they will love! After attending a JCC overnight camp, your camper will have gained new skills, made life-long friends, developed a stronger Jewish identity and a deeper connection to Israel, and will want to make a difference in the world around them.

You can find JCC overnight camps at, or contact Jodi Sperling at (212)786-5130 or email:

Camp Monroe

FRIENDS, FRIENDS, FRIENDS…Imagine campers and staff with arms around each other’s shoulders singing and swaying in the comfort, safety and warmth of a Jewish camp environment. Our campers have a wonderful experience while they build skills and self-esteem, and make lifelong friendships. Our facilities are beautiful and extensive, our large adult staff is professional and experienced, our counselors are enthusiastic and mature, and we love our campers and treat them as family. Campers come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds attending public schools, Jewish day schools, and private schools. We successfully promote Jewish values, ethics and pride while our campers participate in over 50 activities. Our fine reputation extends for over 70 years. Two indoor gyms, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, computer, video, and photography centers, crafts and fine arts studios, climbing wall, ropes course, horseback riding on premises, lake/pool —all land and water sports, Shabbat program that everyone loves, delicious kosher food.

Location: Monroe, NY (1 hour north of NYC)

Types of Participants: Coed, ages 6-16

Operating Season: June-August

Contact: Stanley Felsinger

PO Box 475, Monroe, NY 10949

(845) 782-8695

Camp Ramah Darom

Camp Ramah Darom is an award-winning camp located just two hours north of Atlanta in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Nestled on 122 acres of Appalachian Valley, crystal-clear mountain brooks feed our picturesque lake, and an inspiring 100-foot waterfall caps the view. By offering campers and staff an inclusive atmosphere of friendship and fun in an experiential Jewish living and learning environment, Camp Ramah Darom (Camp Ramah of the South) provides an extraordinary Jewish summer camp experience unlike anywhere else.  In addition to esteemed athletics and arts programs, campers find a caring approach to social, intellectual and personal growth. Camp Ramah Darom draws campers from more than 11 states in the south, including Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. It is also home to Camp Yofi, a unique Jewish summer family camp that embraces children with autism.

Visit or email for more information. 

URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy

URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, the only Jewish science and technology camp, welcomes young Jewish scientists and innovators entering grades 5-9. Located on the campus of the prestigious Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass., 6 Points Sci-Tech boasts top-notch educational and recreational facilities. At 6 Points Sci-Tech, campers participate in an immersive, hands-on environment that nurtures their passion for exploration and creativity, all within the familiar traditions and welcoming community of a Reform Jewish summer camp. Our 2-week sessions include instruction in robotics and engineering, video game design, environmental science, digital media productive, and a variety of electives.

For more information, call 857-246-8677 

or visit

USY Israel Pilgrimage

More than just a tour of Israel, USY Israel Pilgrimage is a complete experience in the Jewish homeland. You’ll climb Masada, snorkel in Eilat, float in the Dead Sea, pray at the Kotel, and star gaze in the Negev desert. On the first day of the summer, you may be surrounded by complete strangers, but by the time you get back on the plane, you will have made many life-long friends. All 6 of our programs will allow you to see Israel like never before! Our four-week Israel Adventure trip lets you travel, experience and learn about Israel from top to bottom. These incredible four weeks are the core of our other Israel programs. Israel Adventure Plus offers an additional week of “Gadna,” Israeli army training simulation. If you’re interested in traveling to Europe before experiencing Israel, you can choose between spending a week in Italy, Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

212-533-7800 x1146

USY on Wheels

On USY on Wheels, you will spend the summer seeing the incredible wonders of North America, while making lifelong friends and having an incredible Jewish experience. On Wheels, you will explore places that most never get to, but that’s not even the best part. What makes the trip unforgettable are the people you meet and the community that is created when 45 teenagers come together. The programs USY offers allow teenagers from 8th-11th grade to explore North America in different ways. Classic Wheels, Wheels East, Pacific Northwest, and Mission Mitzvah allow participants to see places like the Grand Canyon, Disney World, Mount Rushmore, and many more amazing sites that America has to offer. This year, experience new, shorter trips: USY on Wheels, Campus Edition; USY’s Mission to Cuba; and TivnUSY, a Social Action build.

Young Judaea

Promoting the centrality of Judaism and Israel through education, leadership, and social action, Young Judaea’s programs get you off of the bus and into Israel. Our teen Israel summer programs each find unique ways to introduce you to Israel – you can travel the country with your friends from camp on Machon, explore Israel’s role in social entrepreneurship with Discovery, or participate with the first-ever Israel advocacy summer program for teens with I Speak Israel! Each program is four weeks long and will take you throughout the entire country, giving you an experience to last a lifetime! This summer, Young Judaea is also offering YJ Teen Israel Leadership Training (TILT) as an extension to your summer program. YJ TILT participants will learn how to bring their experiences from Israel back to their local communities.

Learn more at or contact us directly at or 917.595.2100.

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