What is JFAM?  

A JFAM family camp weekend is a chance to be together as a family, enjoy activities planned just for you, and meet new friends with similar values.  JFAM family camps specialize in helping families relax, have fun, and spend quality family time together while building community, making new friends, and engaging with and learning about Jewish rituals and customs over Shabbat or holidays.   

JFAM family camps believe every Jewish family belongs at family camp and seeks to warmly welcome all family structures, families with members who do not identify as Jewish, families of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientationsgender identities, and families with children and/or adults with disabilities 

Why is JFAM right for your family?  

JFAM family camps are here to help today’s busy young families create sacred time and space to make friends, enjoy family time, and experience how Judaism’s ancient traditions can add meaning and value in today’s world. By providing a weekend (or a couple of days) where experienced camp staff provides the food, the fun, the activities, and the friends, your family can come, relax, and recharge. Surrounded by a beautiful outdoor setting, your family will be inspired, have time to reflect on parenting with peers, and leave thinking about the possibilities for meaningful rituals and connections for your family in the future.   

Who are the JFAM camps? 

Seven Jewish overnight camps across North America were selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of JFAM, Foundation for Jewish Camp’s (FJC) new Jewish Family Camp initiative. These camps see year-round Jewish engagement and outreach to families as core to their mission of helping families feel a sense of belonging in the Jewish community and a connection to meaningful expressions of family rituals and traditions.  

                                          

Camp Laurelwood, Madison, CT
Camp Laurelwood is a place where traditions and values mean something. Laurelwood is not just a collection of buildings, fields and lakes. Laurelwood is a place to find yourself, a place to have new experiences, learn new skills, make friendships that last for a lifetime and feel – perhaps for the first time in your life – like you are part of something bigger than yourself – something that only campers, staff and alumni know.  

Camp Mountain Chai, Angelus Oaks, CA
Camp Mountain Chai, a JCCA affiliated camp, opened its doors to Jewish children from San Diego and other southwestern communities in 2006 and creates a community to inspire a love of Jewish living through fun, friendship, discovery, and exploration. Through unique outdoor experiences in the San Bernardino National Forest, camp fosters a strong sense of responsibility, self-reliance, independence, and self-worth. The accessible programming cultivates meaningful Jewish experiences and nourishes a strong affection to the land, people and culture of Israel. Camp Mountain Chai creates year-round opportunities to strengthen and develop interpersonal relationships. 

Camp Tawonga, Groveland, CA
For over 90 years, Camp Tawonga has served as a leader in Jewish camping, fostering in children and families a deep connection to nature, community and Judaism. Camp Tawonga runs programming for children, families and young adults at their campsite next to Yosemite National Park and in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Camp Tawonga believes that a loving, inclusive Jewish community gives children a chance to gain self-confidence, explore their spirituality and discover the truest versions of themselvesTawonga’s four-part mission has fostered high self-esteem, enduring community, tikkun olam, and positive Jewish identity. From programming to training staff and championing inclusion, their mission guides everything they do. Camp Tawonga embraces differences, learns from each other, and welcomeeveryone 

Camp Zeke, Lakewood, PA
Camp Zeke is the first and only overnight camp where kids celebrate healthy, active living through fitness, cooking, sports, farm-to-table gourmet food, and joyful Judaism. Everything at camp is based on a set of core values, including being kind to others, building character, taking care of our health, and welcoming new members of the community. As campers grow in the camp community, they gain skills and the inspiration to lead lives of strength, confidence, and vibrant good health. Camp’s joyfully Jewish community is rooted in the belief that fitness, good nutrition, and kindness are essential for realizing each person’s full human potential. 

Tiyul Adventure Camp, Reisterstown, MD
Tiyul Adventure Camp is a specialty nature and farm camp located in Reisterstown, Maryland on 180 acres of land surrounded by a forest and a running creek. Campers explore the wonders of the land while learning various wilderness and earth skills, farm tasks and farm-to-table cooking. They push their boundaries on the adventure ropes course and rock climbing walls. Through song and stories, campers connect to themselves as individuals, each other, and Jewish spirituality. 

URJ Greene Family Camp, Bruceville, TX
URJ Greene Family Camp takes the magic of camp and translates it into a year-round experience. Greene offers an expanded menu of fun, immersive Jewish experiences, 365 days a year. Both summer and year-round programs are rooted in the values of being an individual, making meaningful and worthwhile relationships, respecting your peers and yourself and the community of the Jewish people. These timeless, universal values form the backbone of every program and makes Judaism relevant, accessible and meaningful. Inspired by the magic of camp, each program fosters a love of Judaism while connecting campers and families to the local and global Jewish community.  

URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby-Institute, Oconomowoc, WI
For seventy years, the OSRUI Community has created a fun, supportive environment where campers can explore, challenge themselves, and develop their passions. Kids of all abilities and backgrounds strengthen their Jewish identities while surrounded by beautiful facilities and expert staff.  OSRUI is a place where each community member is safe, able to enjoy all camp has to offer, and has the opportunity to become the best versions of themselves.   From the youngest of our campers to the staff, every person who spends a summer at OSRUI returns home a wiser, more self-confident young person and a bigger part of our community and more connected to the Jewish community.  OSRUI is also a year-round home for many retreats and Jewish programs.   

 

About Foundation for Jewish Camp

Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) fosters excellence and accelerates innovation at Jewish camps across North America by developing adaptive talent, deepening immersive learning experiences, and catalyzing field growth. Founded in 1998, FJC elevates Jewish camp on the cultural and philanthropic agenda, creating opportunities to engage even more young people in Jewish camp through groundbreaking programs such as One Happy Camper® and FJC’s Specialty Camps Incubator.  FJC advocates for over 300 day and overnight camps that provide nearly 180,000 campers and young staff each summer with a meaningful, personal, and lifelong connection to Judaism. FJC is a public 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, please visit: www.jewishcamp.org