Summer Youth Experience

Summer Youth Experience

Young campers facing away from the camera with their arms around one anothers shoulders

Thanks to the Foundation for Jewish Camp, seven of our URJ camps have received grants to make their grounds and programming as accessible to as many campers and visitors as possible.

Chris Harrison
Campers siting on cabin steps holding a THINK CAMP sign

This is a great time to remind your families about One Happy Camper grants, which provide $700 to $1,000 for first-time campers. These grants have made it easier for so many families to give their children the best summers of their lives.

Ruben Arquilevich and Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Three students lighting hannukiot

One of my very favorite Hanukkah traditions is the practice of placing our lit menorahs in windows to share the miracle and joy of this holiday with our communities.

Ruben Arquilevich
Three teenage boys wearing URJ 6 Points Sports Academy shirts

On February 14, 2018, everything changed: That’s the day 17 people were killed in the shooting at my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, FL.

Jason Halpern
Campers with their arms around one another and their backs to the camera during an outdoor Shabbat service

We're celebrating more than 20,000 youth, teens, and young adults immersed in a Reform Jewish experience. Here are a few other numbers that have us excited for summer.

    Elena Paull
    Happy teens posing together at summer camp

    While your youth may physically leave the building during the summer, the sense of community you’ve built all year long will stay with them as they venture across the globe. Here are some suggestions for how to stay connected this summer.

    Elena Paull
    Group of teen campers holding hands in a circle as if participating in a group activity

    Camp Harlam is healthier because we opened ourselves up to and held ourselves accountable for making a change. We would never go back to the way it was before. 

    Aaron Selkow
    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.

    Four smiling, laughing teens passing a Torah scroll from one to the next

    Results of our latest impact study indicate that Reform Movement youth experiences translate into greater Jewish engagement in college and throughout life.

    Miriam T. Chilton
    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