A lifelong Jewish identity is created through fun activities and strong friendships as well as a better understanding of Jewish life. Studies have shown that Jewish camping and visiting Israel greatly increases a youth’s sense of pride and connection to Judaism, and leads to a greater likeliness of strongly identifying as a Jew in adulthood. Reform Jewish summer camps in the region include:
- Camp Harlam – Regional Reform camp in Pennsylvania for 3rd-10th grades. Sessions are normally four weeks, but younger campers can choose a two-week session. Ramona Brand usually serves as faculty during the end of 1st Session (mid-July).
- 6 Points Sports Academy – National Reform sports camp in Greensboro, N.C., for 4th-10th grades. Sessions are two weeks, and athletes choose one sport to focus on per session. Rabbi Gallop usually serves as faculty during 1st Session (end of June, early July).
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