Strengthening Jewish Life

JEWISH SUMMER CAMPS

Jewish summer camps are where kids and teens have fun in the sun, make new friends, and connect to Jewish life. Summer memories never fade — that first swim in the deep end, swinging on the ropes course, and Israeli songs sung around a crackling campfire. Now campers have more choices than ever.
With 25 UJA-supported day and overnight camps, they can choose the experience that best fits their needs. Camps that highlight nature, the arts, tech, or sports — even Jewish surfing camp. Camps that give LGBTQ young people a safe place to be themselves. Camps for kids of all abilities.
What do these camps have in common? Jewish values are embedded in the fun. That’s how today’s campers can become tomorrow’s Jewish leaders.

Breaking New Ground

Here’s how UJA and the 25 day and overnight camps we support are breaking out new ways for kids to let good times roll this summer — safely. 

 

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Transforming Camp

Did you know UJA owns 505 acres of campgrounds that house the largest Jewish day camp program in North America? Back in the 1950s, visionary UJA leaders purchased this land, known as Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds (HKC), on Long Island, Pearl River, and Staten Island. And while the world’s changed in a big way since then, the grounds stayed frozen in time. That’s why we embarked on a capital campaign to radically rebuild, renovate, and modernize our campgrounds.

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Our Impact

  • 13,500 campers around the world attend Jewish summer day camps.

  • 4,500 children and teens in the former Soviet Union attend Jewish summer camps.

  • Nearly 900 children and teens with disabilities participate in day or residential camps.

  • $9 million in scholarships awarded to children and teens from the former Soviet Union to attend camps, day schools, and Israel trips.

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