Utica, MS, February 27, 2014- The Union for Reform Judaism has launched an innovative Camper Incentive Program for Jewish Military Families on Active Duty.
The program will be offered at the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi, which has served more than 10,000 Jewish children since 1970. Incentives
vary in amount from $250.00 to $3,000 per child, based on the military rank of the parent(s) and the child's age.
"Jacobs Camp offers a unique environment that will resonate strongly with military families," said URJ's Director of Camp and Israel Programs Paul
Reichenbach. "Jacobs Camp is an oasis of Jewish life in the South that helps build Jewish identity and confidence for kids from diverse geographic and
socio-economic backgrounds, who all come together to form a close-knit Jewish community at camp."
A Commander in the U.S. Navy shared, "As a military family that moves every three years, often to locations with small Jewish populations, that has not
always been easy . . . We wanted to find a Jewish camp with a small town feel- a place where other campers would understand the perspective of being part
of a small Jewish community and where our children could express the challenges they face with understanding friends. Jacobs Camp stood out . . . this
sense of connectedness and family at Jacobs Camp reminded us of the tight bonds we share with other military families, and made us feel at home."
"We are thrilled to be able to give back to military families who give so much for our country," said URJ Jacobs Camp Director, Jonathan "J.C." Cohen. "We
are also grateful to the JWB-Jewish Chaplains Council for their assistance in designing this program. Jacobs Camp is truly a 'Jewish Place at a Southern
Pace' and we open our arms and hearts to active military families."