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On this July 4th: Love Freedom

  Love is more than a feeling. Love moves us. Love drives us. Love changes us.   So what does it mean to LOVE FREEDOM?   To love freedom means that we "do not stand idly by". To love freedom means we "do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now."...

Camp Needs YOU

  Dear Camp Newman Families, As we shared in our last update, we made the difficult, heartbreaking decision to cancel in-person activities at camp this year with the priority of ensuring the health and safety of our campers, staff, and communities. Unfortunately,...

The Summer That Won’t Be

The Summer That Won’t Be

My heart breaks for this summer that won’t be. Yet, if there’s anything I have learned in the last two and a half years since our camp burned down, it’s that living through history can be incredibly painful but making it through the difficult parts is what binds us together.

Groundbreaking Day: A Momentous Milestone!

Groundbreaking Day: A Momentous Milestone!

Last Wednesday, November 22, our staff, campers, friends, alumni, and supporters stood on the soil of Camp Newman’s Santa Rosa home and celebrated a BIG event: the groundbreaking of our very first building since the Tubbs Fire – the 6 Points Community Center. This is...

CA Fires Updates & How to Help

CA Fires Updates & How to Help

We are so grateful to all of the brave firefighters and first-responders who continue to fight 24/7 in both Northern and Southern California to keep our communities and families safe. To all those who are affected, evacuated, or without power: we are here for you....

Let the Sun Shine In the CIT Class of ’69

Let the Sun Shine In the CIT Class of ’69

After more than six months of planning, the CIT class of 1969 - whose motto is the Hair classic "Let the Sun Shine In" - met for their 50-year reunion last September in San Rafael, CA. They came from all over the United States - Los Angeles, Sedona, Northern...

600 Homeless, a $27K Purse & a Social Justice Lesson for Campers

600 Homeless, a $27K Purse & a Social Justice Lesson for Campers

By Alaina Yoakum, Director of Marketing & Communications, CA Camps & Youth After serving lunch to 600 homeless people, Rabbi Michael Lezak gave URJ Camp Newman’s Hevrah campers a very odd assignment: Now go to Saks 5th Avenue and Neiman Marcus. A crazy request...

How Are Camp & NFTY Home to You?

How Are Camp & NFTY Home to You?

By Ruben Arquilevich, VP of Camps, NFTY and Immersives for Union for Reform Judaism During my recent travels to various camps in my new role working with URJ camps, NFTY, and year-round retreats in North America, I was very moved by the ruach, or spirit, of...