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Why Camp?


By Sara Rosenbaum
Chief Impact Officer, JCFR

Are you and your children already dreaming about the summer? Warm weather, vacations, being outdoors, and CAMP?

At the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, we strive to share our knowledge about an American Jewish Tradition that has been popular since the early 20th century: Jewish Overnight Camps.

In this digital issue of The Reflector, please find information on a variety of camps, the One Happy Camper Grant program as well as other needs-based scholarships fund of the Federation and Richmond Jewish Foundation to help make overnight camp a reality for all students who want to attend.

This sense of being part of the worldwide Jewish community is enabled as an outgrowth of the feelings of belonging and community that are developed at camp. The diversity that campers experience at camp also helps them to see all Jews as brothers and sisters.

Last year our Federation supported almost 20 campers with One Happy Camper Grants and other scholarship funds. Richmond campers choose for a diverse variety of camps across the U.S. If you need help finding the camp that’s right for your family, please let us know.

Find more information at https://jewishcamp.org/.

One family shared with us: “My children received a campership scholarship … we appreciate all the work that the Federation does to help us make this accessible.”

Jewish camp weaves Jewish values, culture, and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community. Spirited and dynamic staff members use experiential learning to reveal what makes Jewish religion and culture so unique in today’s world.

If you have additional questions about Federation support or would like to contribute to help campers this summer, please contact JCFR Chief Impact Officer Sara Rosenbaum at srosenbaum@jewishrichmond.org or (804)545-8629.