Flushing out Funds: URJ Camps See Surge of New Funding for Major Capital Projects Grants Allow for More Children to Come to Reform Jewish Summer Camp
NEW YORKJuly 19, 2007 It is common knowledge in the world of fundraising that capital projects are supposed to be fancy, sparkling, and clean. But with gifts like an anonymous grant of $600,000 for the upgrade and greening of all the bathrooms at URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas, URJ Camps are flushing this belief away.
In the last year alone URJ Camps have received fifteen million dollars in grants for the future development of the camping system. This is part of a larger recognition in the world of charitable giving of the power of Jewish summer camp.
For more than 50 years, the Reform Movements summer camps have fostered Jewish learning and living while producing many of the Movements finest leaders, said Rabbi Daniel Freelander, vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism who oversees all informal and formal youth programming. This new wave of funding is a clear recognition that URJ Camping is the place for our children to form a life-long commitment to Jewish living.
As the campers continue to have fun around North America, donors are clearly feeling the excitement of the summer season. In the past three months over four million dollars in gifts have been promised to the continued growth of the URJ Camps.
Hermine and David Heller, and Amy and Bob Heller have pledged one million dollars to the restoration and greening of the historic Manor House at the URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. Additionally Diane and Darryl Mallah donated one million dollars to the establishment of a sports center and program and Jerry and Roger Tilles provided one million dollars for the Art Center at the Eisner Camp. The generous donation of eight-hundred thousand dollars from the Goldring Foundation will allow for the continued repair and expansion of URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS.
Generous matching grants from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation have amplified the impact of these and hundreds of other donations to the URJ camping system in the past year.
For more information about URJ Camps or to support the future of Reform Jewish camping, please visit www.urjcamps.org.
The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.