Jewish Summer Camp

Jewish Summer Camp

Three campers in mid-air jumps on a grassy field

Even as the cold creeps in and the new year begins, summer 2019 is on the horizon! We are already excited about the new opportunities available for Reform Jewish teens.

Campers sit on a bench with their arms around one another and their backs to the camera as they sit in a circle with camp in the background

It is not often I get to visit one place that holds all the best parts of what the Reform Movement has to offer – but Kutz is certainly such a place.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Two smiling tween girls with I LOVE CAMP written on their cheeks in face paint

In today’s world, congregations’ mission statements have to include a clear statement of why we need worship, education, and a communal Reform Jewish experience.

Amy Asin
URJ Executive Vice President Julie Lerner and URJ Kutz Camp Director Melissa Frey stand side by side on a patio in front of some trees

Staff at URJ Kutz Camp sat down with Julie Lerner, newly appointed executive vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, assigned with bringing continuity to all the efforts our movement.

URJ Kutz Camp
Campers at URJ Jacobs Camp

Even though summer’s just starting, there’s much to look forward to when kids and teens return from their adventures. Here’s what to expect at the end of the summer.

Miriam Chilton
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
Group of campers

Our collective efforts to engage young people in meaningful Jewish life has met with incredible successes of which we all can be proud.

Miriam Chilton
Press Release

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced today the creation of the premier non-profit Jewish specialty camp for creative arts. The new URJ camp, called URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy, will open in the summer of 2018 in the mid-Atlantic region, and serve several hundred campers in grades 4-11.

URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy will build on the growing interest in arts development and serve as an on-ramp into Jewish camping for unaffiliated and currently unengaged Jewish families who have not been attracted to the classic Jewish summer camp model. 

They left Africa for the first time, to connect with other Jews in Wisconsin, and the experience has been warm and affirming.

Rob Golub (Jewish Chronicle)

Our URJ Youth programs are cornerstones of the Reform Movement's youth engagement efforts.

URJ Youth