Steven, who lives in a small town outside of Austin, grew up going to public school and never had a synagogue close enough for his family to belong to. He knew that his family celebrated Hanukkah instead of Christmas, but other than that, he didn’t know much about Judaism and never really met another Jewish kid at school.
Shoshana, an 8th grade camper in Bogrim, enjoyed her experience “roughing it” at army day. This is a memorable time when the Bogrim campers experience a day in the life of an IDF soldier, compete in an obstacle course, complete a secret mission, meet an active Israeli soldier over skype, and learn about the ethics of the IDF.
At CYJ, we encourage both staff and campers to participate in t’fillot through leading services, being honored with an Aliyah, or reading Torah (to name a few).
Long time CYJ camper, Leah, proves you are never too young to make a difference! In honor of her Bat Mitzvah, as a volunteer project, she made friendship bracelets to help provide tuition assistance to campers who would not otherwise be able to afford Camp Young Judaea.
People often ask me “So you’re a summer Camp Director, what do you do the rest of the year?” My standard answer is usually “as little as possible”. The reality is that from the moment one summer ends until the next begins, there is so much to do.
Our new portable Gaga court made its debut at the 4th annual Food Truck Palooza event, hosted by Temple Shalom in Dallas!We had a fantastic Sunday, playing Gaga, meeting new campers, sampling the tasty food and visiting with camper parents!
“Why can’t I go, too?” Sam* said sadly to his mom as they pulled up to Camp Young Judaea. He watched his sister bound from the car to join her friends. The campers were toting their luggage to their bunks, stopping to hug old friends or say hi to new ones.
In late August, I accompanied Emery/Weiner’s 9th grade class to CYJ for our annual Shabbaton retreat. At the beginning of each year, Emery students spend a weekend with their grade-level peers, not only to connect and bond, but to set a tone for the school year ahead. This was our first time to take Emery students to CYJ and we were not disappointed!
Summer 2015 just flew by and it could not have been more fun! This summer we added some fun and exciting programs to the mix and thought we could share these exciting new ventures.
Camp Director Frank Silberlicht wants to fill you in on something very exciting happening at CYJ! “It’s with GREAT excitement, we share that CYJ has broken ground on a new facility called the ELC or Experiential Learning Center.”