We finally were able to visit our beloved URJ Camp Newman site last Friday. While much of camp is destroyed, we were thrilled to make several surprising finds that we want to share with you below. It’s these small miracles that give us hope and strength for the work that lies ahead. (To read Ruben’s remarks about his visit to camp from his talk at Congregation Emanu-El last weekend, click here. And stay tuned to our social media and website pages – we will be announcing plans for Summer 2018 soon!)

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The Welcome Road to Camp

Our Welcome Sign on Porter Creek Road


Our Welcome sign with the remains of the Welcome Center in the background

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Board Chair Michelle Tandowsky & Executive Director Ruben Arquilevich

Wildlife in the Vineyard

Star above what was the Welcome Center


Ruben Making an Incredible Discovery


Sacred Finds at the Beit T’fillah


The Beit T’fillah

Ruben Arquilevich, URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Board Chair Michelle Tandowsky

Ruben discovering the surviving Tallitot, Kippot and Prayerbooks in the Beit T’fillah shed

Prayerbooks and Tallit!

The two surviving Torahs, previously evacuated at the beginning of the fire, held by Director of New Initiatives Loal Isaacs & Assistant Camp Director Mikey Latner


Precious Art & Findings


CIT Mosaics

Wall outside Hagigah Building

Miriam Mosaic

Sculpture created by Hagigah camper artist


Other Favorite Sites & Buildings

The waterslide

The Poolhouse


The new Creek Avodah Site

The 500s

The 500s

The Toby Pechner Bar Mitzvah Nof

Creek Greenhouse

The Avo-Rishonim Theater

Krause Grove

Lower Field

OKY – Operation Kibbutz Yarok – Our Sustainable Farm

The Chicken House

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