Our Programs

2-night “Taste of Camp” Session

For grades 2nd through 4th grade in 2020

Due to popular demand, Taste of Camp returns for a 2nd summer!

URJ Camp Newman’s Taste of Camp 2020!

Entering 2nd through 4th grades in 2020

Catch the energy & excitement of camp – the perfect introductory session for kids who haven’t yet been to overnight camp! Make new friends, enjoy a magical Shabbat as a family & build independence.

For 2nd-4th graders | $360 | Fri, June 26 – Sun June 28

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1, 1.5 to 2 Week Sessions

For grades 3rd through 12th in 2020

Due to popular demand, we’ve added 2 new shorter sessions tailored for younger campers!

Begin Your Camp Journey

Entering 3rd & 4th grades in 2020: Bonim, Gurim (NEW FOR 2020 – only 6 DAYS), Mechina, Chaverim, Giborim

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. The emphasis is on fun, the joy of being Jewish, trying out activities, and making new friends. Six day, One-week to 2-week sessions available!

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Summer Fun

Entering 5th & 6th grades in 2020: Shoshanim, Dubim (NEW FOR 2020 – only 6 DAYS), Chalutzim, Nitzanim, Chayim

Campers will immerse themselves into a mix of camp activities and innovative program. These programs will provide them with an opportunity 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. 

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Traditional Camp Sessions

Entering 7th & 8th grades in 2020: Tzofim, Gesher, Kesher, Kallah Entering 9th & 10th grades in 2020: Bogrim, Machon, Ayalim Entering 9th-11th grades in 2020: 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.

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*NEW!* Teen Leadership Summit – Entering 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade

Entering 10-12th Grades in 2020

Calling all teens interested in a short-term, immersive experience that will help you take your leadership skills to a new level! Can’t join us for the entire summer? Never been to Camp Newman before? Looking for a program to make friends before leaving for NFTY in Israel or beginning summer school? Our Teen Leadership Summit 2020 may be the right fit for you! Begin your summer with our NEW Teen Leadership Shabbat (Summit participants, Avodah, and CIT participants only on June 12!) and learn valuable skills to take with you throughout the week, ending your time with us with one last weekend of fun and Shabbat celebration.

Choose from one of our four amazing tracks in which you’ll learn advanced skills to use in all areas of your life, both Jewish and otherwise.

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3-4 Week Sessions

For grades 6th through 11th in 2020

Shomrim & Etzim

Entering 6th & 7th Grades in 2020

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!

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Entering 8th & 9th Grades in 2020

You asked, we listened! Olim, is our brand-new program for entering 9th grade campers. It offers a taste of Camp Newman’s greatest teen specialty programs. You’ll do amazing activities: cultivate our garden, learn k’rav maga, become a master fire builder, dive deep into a specialty art area, participate in social justice programming, and more. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in one-week electives modeled after our most popular sessions: Rishonim, Hagigah, and Hevrah.

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Entering 8th & 9th Grades in 2020

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.

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Entering 10th & 11th Grades in 2020

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.

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Entering 10th & 11th Grades in 2020

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.

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Summer-Long Teen Training

For grades 11th & 12th in 2020

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.


Entering 11th Grade in 2020

The Camp Newman Avodah program is designed around 3 key pillars: service to selfservice 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.

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Counselor in Training (CIT)

Entering 12th Grade in 2020

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.

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