Camp Newman

Camp Newman

Man slacklining between two palm trees on green grass in view of the ocean

This coming summer, the Camp Newman community will gather at California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) on the shores of the San Francisco Bay in Vallejo.

Ruben Arquilevich & Rabbi Erin Mason
Charred remains of the physical location of URJ Camp Newman beneath hazy skies with mountains in the background and a painted Star of David still visible on them

The Jewish star on the hill that overlooks Camp Newman has survived. What a fitting symbol for this moment. 

Alaina Yoakum
Ruben Arquilevich opening shed door to find Jewish ritual objects and prayer books unscathed by wildfires

Last week I visited Camp Newman, a victim of California's ongoing wildfires. My reflections encompass deep loss and sadness – as well as the beauty and joy of miracles.

Ruben Arquilevich
Wooden gate over the trees at URJ Camp Newman reading MAY YOU BE BLESSED AS YOU GO ON YOUR WAY SHALOM

The Reform Jewish Movement received devastating news last night upon learning that URJ Camp Newman's physical location was all but destroyed by wildfires.

Kate Bigam

On November 5, the Union for Reform Judaism’s Camp Newman will dedicate the Koret Conference Center at URJ Camp Newman, a sacred new space for the Northern California Jewish community to enjoy immersive year-round Jewish experiences. The Koret Conference Center’s completion is a critical phase in the major development project completing the Jewish retreat center at URJ Camp Newman.n November 5, the Union for Reform Judaism’s Camp Newman will dedicate the Koret Conference Center at URJ Camp Newman, a sacred new space for the Northern California Jewish community to enjoy immersive year-round Jewish experiences. The Koret Conference Center’s completion is a critical phase in the major development project completing the Jewish retreat center at URJ Camp Newman.

With just a week until the launch of the URJ’s 2015 camp season, there’s innovative programming on tap, all of which promises to make this summer the best ever! Throughout the season, we’ll engage 13,000+ campers and young adults from more than 660 congregations (along with 600 congregational clergy, educators, and youth professionals who will serve as faculty) in a wide assortment of initiatives – old favorites and creative newcomers – making this our eighth consecutive year of growth.

A few highlights…