“I’m in an environment that has helped me connect to Judaism and I am around all of my friends," says Avital Ohana, a fifth grader from Michigan, about her Camp Young Judaea Midwest experience, where she says she's enjoyed learning "more about Israel."
Avital is one of more than 2,300 American youth enjoying a Young Judaea summer camp experience. After closing all camps due to COVID-19 in 2020, Young Judaea reopened its camps in June, determined to give campers an unforgettable experience. For campers, counselors and staff, spending time at camp this year is especially meaningful.
For 170 campers, this experience has been made possible by Hadassah donors, members and supporters, who rallied together to make sure as many children as possible could attend camp, regardless of financial circumstances. Together, that meant $233,427, awarded in scholarships to 170 campers.
"After so many months of social distancing and time at home, we are able to...make this summer a memorable one," says Maddy Israel, a high school student, who has loved learning from her fellow Young Judaeans "what it means to be a part of a community."
Rooted in Jewish values and Israeli culture, the Young Judaea camp experience includes Maccabiah games, Israeli dancing, Shabbat and more, instilling a deep love for Jewish life and Zionism in thousands of American youth.
Find out how Young Judaea summer camps and Israel programs help thousands of American youth foster a deep love of Jewish life.