One of the key teachings in the Torah is that each human being is created B’Tzelem Elohim – in the Divine image. Jewish camp is a sacred community which, as a rule, has always been willing to find common ground in respecting and accommodating individual values and needs. The values and needs of campers with disabilities should not be an exception. The 24/7, joyous environment of summer camp builds Jewish identity, strengthens the Jewish community, and fosters Jewish leadership. The Foundation for Jewish Camp is committed to ensuring that every Jewish child – regardless of ability – is able to experience joyous Jewish summers.
FJC’s current inclusion initiatives and offerings can be found below. For more information, contact Marissa Becker, Senior Program Manager, at Marissa.Becker@jewishcamp.org.
- Camp Inclusion Coordinators Community of Practice
- Inclusion Resource Guide
- Mental Health and Well Being at Camp
- The Yashar Initiative
Jewish Camp Survey on Disabilities (2013)