Registration for Jewish Summer Camps is open at many camp websites. Check out the various camps, including dates and pricing information, below.
Jewish Summer Camp Grants
Do not let lack of funds discourage you from sending your child or grandchild to Jewish summer camp, there are a number of grants available:
Temple Israel Sources for Summer Camp Funds
Contact Executive Director Dennis DePorte to apply.
Erwin Eisenberg Campership Fund provides all Temple Israel youth attending their first overnight Jewish camp with a $1,000 stipend.
Addition funding is available from the Patton Family Camp Scholarship Fund, Rachel and David Bleicher Camp Scholarship Fund and the Rabbi Ayreh Azriel Youth Engagement Fund.
Jewish Federation of Omaha Jewish Experience Grants Contact CJL Program Coordinator Mary Sue Grossman to apply. A $1,000 Jewish Experience Grant is a gift to children in Grades 3-11 to attend a residential summer Jewish camp, with a minimum two-week program. This grant can be paid in two $500 payments over two summers or be received as a single $1,000 payment.
One Happy Camper Grant is available if your child has never been to Jewish overnight summer camp and is attending a camp session of 19 consecutive days or longer, you may be eligible for a grant of $1,000. Visit https://www.jewishcamp.org to apply.
OSRUI Campership Fund Contact Associate Director of OSRUI, Susan Alexander, 847-239-6980, to obtain an application and discuss the process.
For more information contact Temple Israel Executive Director Dennis DePorte or Center for Jewish Life Program Coordinator Mary Sue Grossman.
Why Jewish Summer Camp?
- Experiences first, explanations later. In other realms of Jewish life, they are taught about Jewish communal life and then experience it. At camp, they experience it (at meals, during Shabbat, on the ropes course, in the cabin – everywhere), and the explanations come later.
- Camp friendships last beyond the summer. After the dirty laundry has been washed and the camp trunk put away, the friendships endure. Many alumni of Jewish camp have found that the friends they make during the summer stick with them through college, young adulthood, and beyond.
- Immersive Jewish community, 24/7. Campers are exposed to adult Jewish role models, Jewish peers, and Jewish friends from different places. Campers experience joy in a Jewish community, develop self-confidence as Jews, and forge Jewish connections that stay with them into their lives beyond camp.
- Camp ends, but the Jewish community continues. Extensive research in recent years has proven that children who attend Jewish summer camp are more likely to identify as Jewish adults and actively engage in the Jewish community. The experience of living in a Jewish community (such as a bunk with their Jewish peers, at camp) has a deep and profound impact on Jewish children, who are more likely to practice Jewish behaviors as adults as a result of attending camp.
- Jewish camp addresses the whole camper. Children learn confidence, skill-building and socialization by living in a community. At Jewish camp, adult role models and mentors create safe spaces for campers to grapple with complex ideas based in Jewish values, texts, and traditions – topics that secular schools and camps might not be able to address.