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Please consider your camper’s grade in Fall 2021 when selecting a session. 

URJ Camps Virtual Info Session

December 6 @ 10:00 AM Pacific

10- and 14-Day Sessions

Please consider your camper’s grade in Fall 2021 when selecting a session.

Chaverim/Giborim - Grades 3 & 4

14-Day or 10-Day Sessions Available

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. Campers spend their days immersed in informal and experiential Jewish education, participating in tefilah (daily prayer), song sessions, playing games and sports, doing arts and crafts, celebrating Shabbat, getting to know their excellent staff members and bunkmates, splashing in the pool and flying down the waterslide, and visiting our Adventure Mountain site with a climbing tower and high ropes course at least once throughout their stay. Campers roast marshmallows over a campfire, participate in an overnight experience either at our overnight site or on one of our fields, and begin to understand the special experience of being part of a session community and the Camp Newman community. Ratios of counselors to campers tend to be a little higher for these younger campers.

Housing: Cabins on the Field (500s)

Nitzanim/Chayim - Grades 5 & 6

14-Day or 10-Day Sessions Available

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. Campers spend their days immersed in informal and experiential Jewish education, participating in tefilah (daily prayer), song sessions, playing games and sports, doing arts and crafts, celebrating Shabbat, getting to know their excellent staff members and bunkmates, splashing in the pool and flying down the waterslide, and visiting our Adventure Mountain site with a climbing tower and high ropes course at least once throughout their stay. Campers roast marshmallows over a campfire, participate in an overnight experience either at our overnight site or on one of our fields, and begin to understand the special experience of being part of a session community and the Camp Newman community. 

Housing: Cabins on the Field (500’s Cabins)

Kesher/Kallah - Grades 7 & 8

14-day or 10-day session Available

These sessions give young teens a “WOW” experience. Educational, social, cultural, and sports options are endless. Campers have 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. Their days feel similar to our younger sessions but the content of programs and activities continue to be age appropriate. Teens begin to explore their identity through programming and learn about navigating social situations through a Jewish lens of middot (values). Like their younger peers, the emphasis continues to be on fun, the joy of being Jewish, trying out activities, and making new friends. Campers spend their days immersed in informal and experiential Jewish education, participating in tefilah (daily prayer), song sessions, playing games and sports, doing arts and crafts, celebrating Shabbat, getting to know their excellent staff members and bunkmates, splashing in the pool and flying down the waterslide, and visiting our Adventure Mountain site with a climbing tower and high ropes course at least once throughout their stay. Campers roast marshmallows over a campfire, participate in an overnight experience at our overnight site, and continue to build their identity of and pride in being a member of the Camp Newman family and community.

Housing: BRAND NEW Tents!

This year, our 7th and 8th graders will be part of our chalutzim, our pioneers, sleeping in tents onsite. We will update our community with more information soon including details and photos of the bathroom trailers that will be available. The tents will be sturdy, similar to large army tents, and will be outfitted with bunk beds and shelves for clothes. 

Alufim - Grades 9 & 10

10-Day Session

Alufim is the perfect session for teens who wish to come experience the magic of camp but may only have a short time available in their summer. Teens will have access to all of the wonderful camp activities of their younger peers (see above!) while participating in meaningful programming for high schoolers. Past sessions of Alufim have focused on Israel, social justice, and Jewish leaders. Campers’ days look similar to our sessions for campers entering 3-8 grade but with more freedom and flexibility in who they spend their day with and what activities they experience. Evening programs focus on group bonding, identity exploration, and programs that allow our teens to enjoy their time with each other and have fun.

Housing: BRAND NEW Tents!

This year, our 9th and 10th graders will be part of our chalutzim, our pioneers, sleeping in tents onsite. We will update our community with more information soon including details and photos of the bathroom trailers that will be available. The tents will be sturdy, similar to large army tents, and will be outfitted with bunk beds and shelves for clothes. 

Yitro - Grades 9-12
14-day session

Yitro is an opportunity for 9-12 graders to come and engage with other teens for two weeks getting the best of a summer camp experience while selecting a track to focus on for the duration of the session. Tracks for Summer 2021 include:

  • Art – Visual & Performance
  • Sports Leadership: Art of Ultimate
  • Song-leading
  • Social Justice
  • Peer Leadership: TYG and Youth Group Leadership

Named after Yitro in the Torah, a great leader, teens will explore what it means to be a leader through their chosen activities. Campers who are interested in diving deeper into these tracks but are unable to join us for one of our 4-week long or summer-long programs would enjoy this special chance to engage deeply with their peers and talented group leaders.

Housing: BRAND NEW Tents!

This year, our Yitro will be part of our chalutzim, our pioneers, sleeping in tents onsite. We will update our community with more information soon including details and photos of the bathroom trailers that will be available. The tents will be sturdy, similar to large army tents, and will be outfitted with bunk beds and shelves for clothes. 

Half & Full Summer Sessions

Please consider your camper’s grade in Fall 2021 when selecting a session.

Shomrim Etzim - Grades 6 & 7
29-Day Session

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 opportunities to join in favorite activities, as well as to try new things and master new skills. Four weeks means more fun, more friends, and more time together! Shomrim (Guardians) and Etzim (Trees) explore our need to be guardians of the planet, learning about the intersection of environmentalism and Judaism while taking part in our amazing typical camp activities throughout their four weeks at camp. Campers will experience for campfires, overnights, song sessions, electives, daily pool time, tefilah (daily prayer), and so much more.

Housing: Cabins on the Field (500’s Cabins)
Rishonim Maccabiah - Grades 8 & 9
29-Day Session

This program invites teens to challenge themselves and learn new skills through sports, dance, yoga, hiking, and more. In this unique summer of 2021, our Rishonim Maccabiah campers will have the opportunity to explore leadership and environmentalism through a Jewish lens. Campers will help rebuild trails throughout our Porter Creek home as well as building out our Rishonim overnight site – an opportunity to help shape and rebuild our Porter Creek home for future generations of Camp Newman campers! Teens will also have the chance to stretch, grow, and learn new things about themselves by trying different activities offered throughout their time at camp.

Rishonim Maccabiah will participate in all the amazing typical camp offerings such as exuberant Shabbat celebration, everyday informal and experiential Jewish learning, song sessions, overnight experiences at our overnight site and the Rishonim overnight site, and so much more. Most importantly, campers bond with old friends and new while learning about themselves and the world around them.

Housing: Cabins on the Field (500’s Cabins)
Hagigah Hevrah - Grades 10 & 11
29-day session

Hagigah: The premiere 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. Due to covid-19 and our limited space on camp, we anticipate a small number of tracks available for this summer (2-4 only). We will update families as soon as we have more information.

Hevrah: In this formative, progressive social justice program, teens delve into a project that expresses the core Jewish value of repairing the world, Tikkun OlamTypical Hevrah programs include an in-person visit to Sacramento for Lobby Day and unfortunately, due to covid-19, we will not be participating in a Lobby Day in 2021. Teens will still have an opportunity to learn about what advocacy work entails and participate in advocating on behalf of a theme for the summer (such as gun control, climate change, prison reform, etc.). Hevrah teaches campers what it takes to fight for change

**New Track for Summer 2021: The Art of Ultimate and Sports Leadership

Hagigah and Hevrah have been integral components of our teen leadership offerings for decades. Every class typically puts on a festival to showcase their amazing work and though we anticipate a virtual offering this year, we know that the work these campers engage in will be meaningful and beautiful.

Housing: BRAND NEW TENTS!

This year, our 10th and 11th graders will be part of our chalutzim, our pioneers, sleeping in tents onsite. We will update our community with more information soon including details and photos of the bathroom trailers that will be available. The tents will be sturdy, similar to large army tents, and will be outfitted with bunk beds and shelves for clothes. 

Teen Leadership Sessions

Please consider your camper’s grade in Fall 2021 when selecting a session.

Avodah - Grade 11
Full Summer

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. In summer 2021, we anticipate that Avodahniks will not be traveling to the San Francisco for the PRIDE Parade and/or AIDS walk. Instead, the program will focus on Avodah helping to rebuild our Porter Creek home, both physically and programmatically. Campers will participate in programs that push them to explore their own identity – as people, as Jews, as community members – and programs that encourage collaboration, open communication, and service to the community. Campers will still learn about fundraising and hold various programs to raise funds for a worthy cause. 

Avodah participants can earn up to 300 hours of community service credit for participating the full summer program.

 

Housing: BRAND NEW Tents!

This year, our Avodahniks will be part of our chalutzim, our pioneers, sleeping in tents onsite. We will update our community with more information soon including details and photos of the bathroom trailers that will be available. The tents will be sturdy, similar to large army tents, and will be outfitted with bunk beds and shelves for clothes. 

CIT - Grade 12
29-day and Full Summer Sessions Available

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 weeks three and four, our CIT’s will spend significant time each day with our Shomrim Etzim (entering 6th and 7th grader) campers. Sessions 2a and 2b will be spent working with campers in various age groups. CIT’s help plan programs and participate in their own daily tefilah (prayer) and exciting evening activities.

CITs can also earn up to 300 hours of community service credit for the entire summer and up to 150 hours for the half summer program. Spaces fill quickly on a first come, first served basis, and require an intensive application process. Apply as early as possible! 

Summer 2021: Our partners at NFTY in Israel have partnered with us to create a summer program which combines 3.5 weeks at Newman for the CIT program with a 3.5-week trip to Israel for the teens who were supposed to be in Israel in summer 2020 but were unable to do so because of the global pandemic.

For teens who are interested in BOTH experiences, our plan for this unique situation is for teens to participate in three weeks of community-building and leadership and skill development in our CIT program at Camp Newman, and then leave directly from camp to depart for 3.5 weeks of travel in Israel. 

Summer 2021: Due to the realities of the global pandemic, teens this summer will have the option to participate in half or full-summer CIT Program. There will be three options for registration: Half summer with Israel (leaving July 15 from SFO), half summer without Israel (leaving Newman on July 18), and full summer (June 18 to August 15).

Housing: BRAND NEW Tents!

This year, CITs will be part of our chalutzim, our pioneers, sleeping in tents onsite. We will update our community with more information soon including details and photos of the bathroom trailers that will be available. The tents will be sturdy, similar to large army tents, and will be outfitted with bunk beds and shelves for clothes.