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URJ Camp Newman Dedicates $4 million Koret Conference Center

eJewishPhilanthropy  |  by EJP staff  |  November 2016

 

Camp Newman Dedicates $4M Retreat Center

J Weekly  |  J staff  |  November 2016

 

JBS News Update: Koret Story

(Story on the prayer/protest at the Kotel & mention of Rabbi Rick Jacobs is at 2:05 mark)

Koret begins at 4:12 mark

 

Reform Camp in Northern California Gets $4M Grant for Conference Center

The Forward  |  November 2016

 

Reform camp in Northern California to open $4 million conference center

Jewish Telegraphic Agency  |  November 6

 

Reform Camp Gets Center for Immersive Jewish Experiences

The Times of Israel  |  November 6

 

Eight Reasons Why College Is a Lot Like Jewish Summer Camp

The Odyssey  |  By Kara Fleishacker, Camp Alumna  |  October 2016

 

Camps use Hebrew to strengthen Jewish identity

J Weekly | By Drew Himmelstein | September 2016

 

Four Jewish Camps in Four Weeks

Jewish Federation | by Wendy Verba | September 2016

 

 

Camp Newman teen cruise: ‘Shanah tovah’ on the bay

J Weekly |  j. staff |  September 2015

For the second straight year, a capacity crowd of more than 200 Jewish high school students and youth advisers affiliated with URJ Camp Newman set sail on a pre-Rosh Hashanah dance cruise.

“Next year, we’re already planning on getting a bigger boat,” declared Ruben Arquilevich, executive director of the Reform movement’s Santa Rosa camp.

Aboard a Blue & Gold vessel that left from Pier 39 in San Francisco, the teens took part in rituals such as tashlich, the sounding of the shofar and eating apples and honey. They also danced, noshed, shmoozed and — on the top deck — joined in song with Jackson Mercer, a UCLA student and summer camp song leader, next to a mock campfire.

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S.F. Pride parade once again boasts large Jewish contingent

J Weekly |  by sara weissman , j. intern  |  June 2015

If you see a tie-dyed chuppah bobbing its way up Market Street on June 28, chances are you’ve spotted a group of teens from URJ Camp Newman marching in the San Francisco Pride Parade.

As they have for 10 consecutive years now, teens from the Santa Rosa–based camp’s Avodah program for high school juniors will be part of the parade.

Approximately 40 are expected to participate, carrying not only a colorful wedding canopy but also handmade signs while rocking out to Israeli music. It’s quite a to-do: Every year since 2006, the Camp Newman group has won ribbons for “best street act” or “most enthusiasm.”

“There are no words” to describe the experience, said Rachel Katz, 20, a former camper who marched in 2011. “It’s an experience everyone should have. It forces you to be open-minded. The theme of acceptance is very emphasized at camp, [so] it’s great that we’re able to take what we learn … into that situation.”

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What a Paper Plate Says About My Jewish Identity

eJewish Philanthropy | By Rudy Brandt  |  July 2015

 

paper-plate-for-Rudy-Brandt-e1435651897536I just returned from living in Israel for four months on a high school semester study abroad program called NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. I was looking around my room at all of the things that made up who I was before I had left and found new parts of myself among the ruins and sand in the homeland of my people.

As my eyes glanced over to my bed, my desk and then my shelves, something caught my attention.

Sitting on the shelf was a paper plate, propped up by old books. The plate was expertly decorated by a couple of Crayola markers and in clear block lettering it read, “Rudy Brandt: Most likely to spend every weekend of her high school career going from one Jewish event to another.” I smiled to myself as I read the paper plate award and thought, “how true – how totally true.”

The plate award is about a year old and was made for me by Phil Hankin, my advisor at the East Bay Jewish Teen Foundation (EBJTF), a program run by the East Bay Jewish Federation. Phil knew me prior to the program because he worked at URJ Camp Newman where I have spent the past 10 summers of my life, and where I will be working as a CIT this summer. The irony of the plate award is that unlike most of the others that were awarded to my peers, mine wasn’t really a joke. I was born in 1998 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended my father’s rabbinic ordination a few weeks later. At six months old I was living in a cabin at URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas, and by the time I was a Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, California, I knew that Reform Judaism was the center of my world and a huge part of what makes me who I am.

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S.F. Pride parade once again boasts large Jewish contingent

J Weekly | by sara weissman , j. intern  | June 2015

Photo/Bryan Costales

Photo/Bryan Costales

If you see a tie-dyed chuppah bobbing its way up Market Street on June 28, chances are you’ve spotted a group of teens from URJ Camp Newman marching in the San Francisco Pride Parade.

As they have for 10 consecutive years now, teens from the Santa Rosa–based camp’s Avodah program for high school juniors will be part of the parade.

Approximately 40 are expected to participate, carrying not only a colorful wedding canopy but also handmade signs while rocking out to Israeli music. It’s quite a to-do: Every year since 2006, the Camp Newman group has won ribbons for “best street act” or “most enthusiasm.”

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Koret Foundation gifts $4m. to URJ Camp Newman

eJewish Philanthropy | May 2015 | by eJP

The Union for Reform Judaism’s Camp Newman has received a grant of $4 million from the Koret Foundation to establish the Koret Retreat and Conference Center at Camp Newman. This grant will enable the camp to significantly expand its retreat center facilities to serve upwards of 12,000 individuals a year, more than tripling its retreat usage.

The Koret grant is the largest single gift Camp Newman has ever received and one of the largest in the history of the Reform Movement’s camping system. Camp Newman has now raised approximately $22 million toward its comprehensive campaign of over $30 million to significantly improve its infrastructure, housing and program space.

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Grant supports expansion of Camp Newman outside Santa Rosa

The Press Democrat | May 2015 | By Paul Payne 

Camp Newman in the hills above Santa Rosa has come a long way since organizers began transforming it in 1996 from its previous role as a cooking school for merchant mariners.

After an initial face-lift to remove what one camp official called the “concrete jungle” vibe, operators of the 485-acre Jewish facility off Porter Creek Road began installing zip lines, a ropes course, a climbing tower and a pool water slide.

They also pumped millions of dollars into new lodge construction, built an all-new wastewater treatment system and upgraded athletic fields to accommodate about 1,400 kids who will begin arriving early next month.

And now, thanks to a $4 million grant from the Koret Foundation, the camp will continue its expansion, adding four more lodge buildings and a welcome center.

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Union for Reform Judaism’s Camp Newman gets $4M gift for Santa Rosa expansion projectWellness Center - Facing Entry

The North Bay Business Journal | May 2015

The Union for Reform Judaism’s Camp Newman north of Santa Rosa received a $4 million grant from San Francisco-based Koret Foundation, funds that will allow the camp to significantly expand its retreat facilities.

“The creation of a Jewish retreat center at Camp Newman reflects the board’s commitment to strengthening the Jewish community in the Bay Area,” said Anita Friedman, foundation president, in a statement. “The Koret Foundation is pleased to partner with other donors to provide the community with this exceptional resource for decades to come.”

The next phase of construction, which will include the Koret Retreat and Conference Center, will begin in August and is scheduled for completion by summer 2016. This phase will also include construction of the Osher Residence Hall, a Health and Wellness Center, a Welcome Center and a new housing village with four additional two-story lodges. Infrastructure renovations and five out of nine new housing structures have already been completed. One building, a central dining hall and conference center facility, is still planned.

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Koret gives $4 million to Camp Newman

J Weekly | by j. staff | May 2015

The Reform movement’s Camp Newman has received $4 million from the S.F.-based Koret Foundation to build a retreat center at its Santa Rosa campus.

The Koret grant is the largest single gift Camp Newman has ever received, and according to camp representatives, one of the largest made to any Reform camp.

The Koret Retreat and Conference Center at Camp Newman will be an expansion of its existing retreat facility, and will enable the camp to serve more than 12,000 people a year, tripling its current capacity. Construction will begin in August and is scheduled to be completed next summer.

“We are honored to have the support of the Koret Foundation, and look forward to establishing the Koret Retreat and Conference Center at Camp Newman to benefit our entire Northern California Jewish community,” said Ruben Arquilevich, Camp Newman’s executive director.

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Adventure Camping on the Coast

Jewish Journal | by Claudia Boyd-Barrett | February 2015

Summer camp options just got a lot more creative for Jewish teenagers on the West Coast.

As part of an effort to broaden opportunities for high-school students to explore Jewish identity over the summer, the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Camp Newman in Santa Rosa is launching three travel-adventure programs this summer.

Each of the 11- to 13-day niche programs approaches Judaism and building Jewish community through a different lens. Students can volunteer in an environmentally conscious Costa Rican village, sample adventure sports along the California coast or attend Major League Baseball games throughout the state.

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North Peninsula Teen Hub Launched

J Weekly | February 2015

North Peninsula teens seeking to connect with Jewish life after their bar or bat mitzvahs have a new hub: the Teen Collective. Recently launched after securing three years of funding from the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, the organization will serve teens in San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Hillsborough and Redwood City.

The Teen Collective came together through the efforts of four Peninsula synagogues: Congregation Beth Jacob, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Beth El and Peninsula Temple Sholom, according to its director, Dani Mahrer.

“The rabbis are very close,” Mahrer said. “They wanted to create a more vibrant environment for teens.”

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Summer Adventures on Horizon for Teens

J Weekly | by Dan Pine | January 2015

Zip line over the rainforests

Zip line over the rainforests

URJ Camp Newman will launch J. Adventures, a teen summer travel program that explores Jewish identity while engaging in fun social-justice projects.

The program offers three excursions: an 11-day service-focused trip to a Costa Rican village; a two-week outdoor camping trip along the American River; and a two-week road trip visiting California’s five Major League Baseball teams, watching games and studying the teams’ community outreach efforts.

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10 Questions Interfaith Families Can Ask Jewish Camps

InterfaithFamily.com | January 2015

 

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Kids pet goats at URJ Camp Newman’s Operation Kibbutz Yarok. The Santa Rosa sleepover camp will hold a family day with tours, hay rides to the kibbutz and a barbecue on April 19.

Thinking of sending your kids to Jewish summer camp? Not sure where to start in your search or what you might want to keep in mind about the experience of your child, a child of interfaith parents?

It’s possible you haven’t considered any of the questions below, but you might want to: A camp that may seem warm and fuzzy may not be the most schooled in how to project an open and welcoming atmosphere to interfaith families.

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Camp Newman Becomes Yearlong Hub to Engage Youth

J Weekly | By Aleza Freeman

A popular Bay Area summer camp serving thousands of Jewish youth is expanding its reach well beyond the sunniest season.

Camp Newman in Santa Rosa is one of two Jewish camps in the nation selected by the Union for Reform Judaism to become a year-round hub for Reform Jewish engagement. With help from the URJ, the camp is not only expanding and renovating its retreat site, but it will also enhance existing programming and offer additional programs throughout the Bay Area, all year long.

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Jewish summer camp, retreat takes form north of Santa Rosa

Press Democrat | by Melody Karpinski | March 2013

A Jewish summer camp and retreat just north of Santa Rosa is in the midst of $30 million expansion that eventually will allow 13,000 visitors a year.

Camp Newman, which has been at the nearly 500-acre site on Mark West Springs Road since 1997, would become one of the largest such Jewish facilities on the West Coast.

The reconstruction includes renovation and addition of new cabins, a large dining hall, conference rooms, a wellness center and infrastructure improvements.

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Big Doings at Camp Newman

J Weekly | August 2013

Hundreds of current and former campers, staffers, board members, donors, clergy and representatives from the Jewish community turned out July 27 for the dedication of the first “village” in a new retreat center at URJ Camp Newman.

The hanukkat habayit (dedication of the home) included a tree-planting ceremony and guided tours of the newly completed parts of the 65-year-old camp — notably the first six of a projected 16 new cabins.

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