When summer camps in the USA first came to be, Jewish summer camps also very much arrived. Lead by the emigrating Jewish communities - they set up places outside the city, in which families could reunite with friends, enjoy activities and relax.
Fast forward a hundred years and what you’ll find is that a huge amount of East coast private camps, in places such as New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, share a very similar Jewish connection.
The Jewish camps we work with have varying degrees of religious influence, from camps with an established and practised faith to others where you wouldn’t even know they’re Jewish based and just seem like any other private camp.
When a Jewish summer camp hires a new staff member they will take into consideration that person’s own beliefs, so don’t be surprised if you are suddenly hearing from a Jewish camp and you aren’t Jewish yourself - many camps won’t mind that you don’t share the same faith, just that you are open to new experiences.
What to Expect
An opportunity to work at a Jewish camp which meets your level of Judaism, whether you’re heavily practicing or hold the basic values of the faith.
Approach a summer at Jewish camp with an open mind. Actions of practicing Judaism may differ from your own, but your shared faith and underlying values are the same.
What Not to Expect
A level of pressure to conform to the religious practices of others. Your level of faith and your personal practices will remain your own.
The opportunity to explore your faith on an international level, meeting other Jews from around the world.