A Warm Welcome Home
This weekend, we welcomed over 200 alumni, current camper families and friends of camp back home to Porter Creek Road – some folks joined us for an entire Shabbaton and many spent their Sunday together with us at camp. With CIT classes represented from the 1970s all...
Avodah 2022 – Impact at Camp and Beyond
by Judah Hoffenberg, Avodah 2022 Advisor The summer of 2022 saw Camp Newman’s Avodah class achieve an impact on Camp and the greater world around it far greater than their small number might’ve entailed. The Avodahniks chose to dedicate their time to four separate...
Environmentalism and Ecology at Camp
by Rachel Mellman, Camp Newman Alum & Marketing Associate Among the towering redwoods, generations of campers have made lifelong friendships, personal discoveries, and everlasting memories. Camp Newman comes from a legacy of tikkun olam, social action – our roots...
Youngest Campers, Biggest Heroes
Bonim: Building Connections, Becoming Mensches by Rachel Chancellor, Bonim Dalet Rosh A long time ago ... well, not that long ago, just this summer... in a galaxy far, far away ... on Porter Creek Road ... our Bonim campers began their Camp Newman journey. For many of...
Etzim Discovers Jewish Ecology
Potentially termed as ‘Jewish Ecology,’ Etzim’s sojourn into the complimentary worlds of science and cosmology shifted the focus of our learning not only to understanding the natural systems of our biosphere but also contributed to basic cosmological understandings of, how not only our world, but how our entire universe may have come into existence. Campers had the unique opportunity to participate in cross-cultural learning to better understand how another ancient tradition － Buddhism – understands the world in which we live.
Hevrah is leading the way!
Implementing this composting system has been an incredibly rewarding experience for the Hevrah community. Historically, Hevrah has always been externally focused, that is, centering lobbying for bills as the primary means of making change. While this is an important way to fight for social justice, by focusing inward we’ve made much more concrete and visible change.
Blessing our Home: Chanukat HaBayit
by Rabbi Allie Fischman, Camp Director Last Shabbat, we celebrated joyously with a full house and full hearts. We prayed, ate, danced, and sang our hearts out! Adding to our Shabbat joy, we took a moment to rededicate our space by affixing our new beautiful mezuzah to...
Sh’mita and Mental Health
Thinking of the sh’mita year and mental health awareness month, the need for rest and taking care is striking to me. Millions of Americans struggle with mental illness and mental health needs every year. I’m not here to suggest that camp can solve mental health struggles. We do know that belonging to a community, being in fresh air, laughing, being with friends, and finding meaning in our lives can soothe us and foster creativity, hope, and feelings of fulfillment.
Camp’s Special Sauce
Ultimately, I would suggest that these important pieces, these small or big traditions that have evolved over our 75 years of being a camp, make up the special sauce of what it means to BE at camp. These little rituals put together make the experience of being at camp so unique, and beautiful that even the time passing feels so different than during the rest of the year.
Honoring Parents and Camp Counselors
Camp counselors are so much more than just college students working a summer job … they ensure safety, they create comfort and they are the unconditional-loving adult for the over 850 children and teens that will spend time at camp. They offer guidance and support, while encouraging campers to grow and stretch beyond what they think is possible.