Believe it or not, it’s time to think about Summer Camp. Yes, I know it’s chilly outside and there are even grey skies reminiscent of London but Summer will be here before you know it. Back at the end of last Summer many of you will remember me waxing lyrical about my family’s experiences at Camp Newman in Northern California. Rarely have I seen such joy exhibited through Jewish ritual and practice. Now is the time to plunge head-long into applying for camp for the first time or the most recent of many occasions.
If you are a potential participant or you are reading this through the lens of your children or grandchildren, don’t hesitate to find out more from me, not only which camp to go on but how to pay for it. My personal recommendation is Camp Newman (I know, I know, we also have Alonim, JCA Shalom and Hess-Kramer nearby!) simply because I have been there. Anyone who wants to go to Newman, I will provide an extra $100 from my discretionary fund in addition to any other scholarships we give out. You can also go straight to Newman’s website and get more information about financial support: http://campnewman.org/summer-camp/making-camp-affordable/.
Nowhere in the Jewish world is more vibrant, dynamic or creative. If you want a family member to have a life-changing experience where they are surrounded by their holy heritage, make lifelong friends and experience all of the gorgeous privileges of being Jewish, then Summer camp is for you. If you’re not sure, speak to me and/or enjoy our camp style Shabbat service coming soon to Temple Sinai.
Rabbi Malcolm Cohen