1-1/2 to 2 Week Sessions
For grades 3rd through 12th in 2018
Begin Your Camp Journey
Focused on building self-confidence and independence in a nurturing Jewish environment, these sessions offer the perfect introduction for young campers to start their Camp Newman journey. Emphasis is on fun, the joy of being Jewish, trying out all the activities, and making new friends. Highlights include an outdoor adventure excursion and a cookout.
Campers dive into a mix of camp activities and innovative programs with lots of chances to express themselves, try new activities, and explore their Jewish identity. The focus is on fun, the joy of Jewish living, doing new things, personal growth, and making friends.
Traditional Camp Sessions
Entering 7th & 8th grades in 2018: Tzofim, Gesher, Kesher, Kallah Entering 9th & 10th grades in 2018: Bogrim, Machon, Ayalim Entering 9th-11th grades in 2018: Alufim
These sessions give teens a “wow” experience. Educational, social, cultural, and sports options abound. Campers get many chances to explore their passions and potential with staff guidance and support. Teens connect to new and old friends, to Judaism, and to their camp community.
3-4 Week Sessions
For grades 6th through 11th in 2018
Shomrim & Etzim
Enjoy camp experiences in greater depth and build strong bonds to friends, Judaism, and the camp community. Extra recreational options and flex time allow for more time to do favorite activities, as well as to try new things and master new skills. Four weeks means more fun, more friends, and more time together!
It’s never been cooler to be green! Combining passion for the environment with Jewish values, campers enjoy programs on outdoor education, leadership, and ecology.
This unique program invites teens to challenge themselves and learn new skills through sports, dance, yoga, and more. Along with traditional camp activities, Maccabiah campers work together to develop valuable team-building and leadership skills.
Hagigah is the premier Jewish arts teen program on the West Coast. Campers choose majors and minors in visual and performing arts, studying with distinguished Jewish artists in an exploratory and collaborative atmosphere. Their experience culminates in a camp-wide festival to celebrate their work.
In this leading, progressive social justice program, teens delve into a project that expresses the core Jewish value of repairing the world, Tikkun Olam. The session culminates with a special trip to our state capital, where they get to present their research and innovative solutions to the social justice issues of today directly to government representatives.
Summer-Long Teen Training
For grades 11th & 12th in 2018
We have a phenomenal group of teens applying for spaces in these eight-week programs. Spaces fill quickly on a first come, first served basis, and require an intensive application process. Apply as early as possible! Participants can earn up to 300 hours of community service credit through the Avodah and CIT programs. Info: 415.392.7080 or CampNewman@urj.org.
The Camp Newman Avodah program is designed around 3 key pillars: service to self, service to the community, and service to the world. Throughout the course of the summer, Avodahniks participate in high-level programming designed to explore identity through the lens of Jewish values. Highlights include preparing for and marching in the SF Pride Parade and fundraising for and walking in the SF AIDS Walk. This summer, Avodahniks will engage in exciting new service learning projects offsite and onsite.
Counselor in Training (CIT)
Our highly selective and popular CIT program has been training our future staff and camp leadership for decades, offering young adults a valuable personal and professional growth opportunity. Participants spend the first two weeks in leadership workshops and Judaic programs, learning how to be excellent counselors to campers entering third through eighth grade. In week three, our CIT’s are assigned to sessions in order to combine practical hands-on training with continued education about working with campers of all ages. CIT’s also spend one session working in a specialty area of camp such as songleading or a specific sport. CIT’s help plan programs and participate in their own daily tefilah (prayer) and exciting evening activities.