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Breaking Bread

Young Alumni, college-aged to early 30s, are invited to apply to join the first cohort of Breaking Bread, a partnership between Camp Newman and Camp Harlam communities. Over the course of four virtual gatherings, participants will learn, discuss, grow and reflect. This pilot cohort will focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) – specifically racial justice – which includes both synchronous and asynchronous components. Gathering dates are as follows and each session will be about 90 minutes:

Sundays, February 7, 14, 28
4:00 PM PST/7:00 PM EST

Friday, February 19th – Shabbat Experience
5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EST

There are only 30 spaces available in this first cohort with equal representation from both Camp Newman and Camp Harlam!

Questions? Contact Matthew Ghan, Breaking Bread Program Manager, at

We want to stay in touch!

Calling all alumni – Camps Saratoga, Swig and Newman – we have so much we want to share but we still have your parent’s contact information or your college address or your old land line or your teenage email address that had a candy reference in it! You get the point!

Take our Alumni Census! We’re so proud of you, we want to celebrate you AND we want you to know all the big news coming up.


A fun and competitive race designed to make #PorterCreek2021 extra special! Launching on Giving Tuesday, “Race to Porter Creek!” will feature five projects for Summer 2021 back at our Porter Creek site.

Each project has one or two team captains working to reach their fundraising goal of $2,000 to help make the project a reality this summer. They’ll be posting on social media to collect supporters, or “team members” who will help contribute. The best part?! There will be a special surprise for the team that reaches their goal the quickest, and a special gift for the captain of that team.

How to help them win the race:

Join one of their teams by making a gift towards their goal via the green project buttons above!

1. “Avodah Building Project”
Captain: Rudy Brandt – Avodah ’14, CIT ’16

2. “Deck Out Our Pool Deck”
Captain: Victoria Crane – CIT ’81

3. “Hammock Zones Around Camp”
Captains: Julie Waltzer (CIT ’99, Avodah Advisor ’02) and Mira Rubin Karp (CIT ’95, CIT Advisor ’99

4. “Adirondack Chairs”
Captain: Joey Robinow – CIT ’80

5. “Staff Lounge Makeover”
Captains: Brooke Riggio (Avodah ’16, CIT ’17, CIT Advisor ’20) and Ellie Sherman (Avodah ’16, CIT ’17)

Miss Your Camp Friends? Find Them Here!

The legacy of Reform Jewish Camping in the West began with Camp Saratoga continued with Camp Swig and is carried forward at Camp Newman. We are one family, standing on the shoulders of generations of leaders, musicians, artists and educators who have created and sustained a magical home – one that transends physical place – for tens of thousands of campers, faculty and staff for over 70 years. We have shared more precious moments and have made more joyous memories together than one can count. As much as camp has left an imprint on you, you have made an indelible mark on Camp’s personality, purpose and soul. We hope that you will continue to be a friend of camp – as a supporter, visitor, donor, friend – or all of the above.