2023-2024 Year-Round Experiences
Spend beautiful Shabbats and super fun weekends at Camp Newman, or just join us for an Open House or private tour. With events for campers and alumni of all ages, getting your fix of camp, and learning what Camp Newman is all about, during the year has never been easier!
For kids & teens
Fall Camp & West Coast Party Jr.
November 10-12, 2023
For new and returning campers in 2nd-8th grade!
Join your friends from around the bay area for a weekend at Camp Newman: great for those considering attending camp next summer for the first time and returning campers, too! Have a blast getting a taste of camp complete with campfires, climbing the Alpine Tower, archery, art, sports, and an amazing Shabbat celebration!
West Coast Party
January 12-15, 2024
Get ready for an out-of-this-world weekend at West Coast Party 2024! NFTY CWR, SOCAL SW, and Camp Newman are hosting an in-person NFTY event at URJ Camp Newman. This event is a teen-powered weekend open to participants in grades 9 through 12. Join us for a retreat full of exciting programs, meaningful tefillah experiences, and lots of NFTY/camp fun with new and old friends. Registration coming soon!
Women’s Retreat Weekend
April 12-14, 2024
Author-in-Residence, Sonja Lyubomirsky (“The How of Happiness” and “The Myths of Happiness” joins us for 3 days of happiness, restoration and creative Judaism in the hills of Sonoma County. Choose from menu of rejuvenating and restorative options that use all the senses. Let’s learn from each other, care for each other and lift each other up. Registration is open to all women and non-binary people 21+. Choose between private, double or shared group housing. Registration coming soon!
Food & Wine Weekend
May 3-5, 2024
Our Jewish culture has a rich tradition around both food and wine. Camp Newman is located in the heart of Sonoma County, next door to Napa, California where some of the finest chefs and vintners call home. Come to our beautifully, newly built site to enjoy all the area has to offer through the lens of our diverse Jewish heritage. Children under 12 will enjoy camp programming and optional on-theme family time. Registration coming soon!
Camp Newman’s campus has so much to offer!
- Stay in our new cabins where you get the comfort of home with a camp atmosphere.
- Let out your inner explorer on our high ropes sky park and 50-foot alpine tower.
- Enjoy Shabbat surrounded by the beautiful Santa Rosa hills in our open-air Beit T’fillah.
- Hike our scenic trails through Camp Newman’s 500-acre property.
- Utilize indoor and outdoor programming spaces.
Cancel up to 3 weeks before the event – 90% refund of fees paid
Cancel up to 2 weeks before the event – 75% refund of fees paid
Cancel up to 1 week before the event – 50% refund of fees paid
Cancel less than 1 week before the event – no refunds
Health & Wellness Protocols
Among our most cherished Jewish values is the imperative for preserving life and maintaining health. We embrace this value specifically by taking preventive measures to protect the public health of our URJ communities. Parents entrust the URJ and have high expectations for their children’s experiences in our programs. All the fun, friendship building, Jewish identity affirmation and character development can only happen if we are confident that individual safety and public health remain at the center of our decision-making.
WELLBEING and BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
- We expect that participants will be willing to participate in program activities.
- We expect that participants will be able to communicate their needs.
- We expect that participants will not threaten harm to themselves or others or engage in self-injury.
- We expect that participants will be able to understand and follow multi-step directions.
- We expect that participants will not wander or elope from their group.
- We expect that participants will eat while at camp so that they can stay nourished and healthy.
- We expect that participants will be able to manage their own self hygiene.
- We expect that participants will be able to manage any challenges they may have with the tools and skills that have been successful in their home and school settings.
- We expect that participants will be nonviolent and will not be physically aggressive toward others.
- We expect that participants will not require ongoing one on one supervision or “shadowing”.
- We expect that participants will take individual responsibility for upholding and embodying the values of our communities of belonging.
Are you concerned about your child’s ability to meet these expectations? If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
INFECTIOUS DISEASE GUIDELINES
- All participants and staff are strongly recommended to stay up to date with annual flu and COVID vaccinations. See most up-to-date 2023 URJ Vaccination Policy.
- All participants and staff are strongly recommended to conduct an at-home rapid antigen (RA) COVID-19 test prior to traveling to URJ camps and programs, and not attend if COVID+ or feeling unwell.
- If you begin to feel unwell during a short-term program, depending on the severity of symptoms, you will be taken for evaluation at an urgent care facility at the discretion of program leaders, or evaluated on site if medical staff are present.
We will continue to evaluate the current infectious disease conditions (including COVID and flu conditions) as we look ahead. The health and wellbeing of our communities has always been and will remain our top priority as we work to prepare for our programs. This information is based on what we know today. We are deeply committed to open, ongoing, and honest communication with our camp and program communities. All guidelines and protocols in this document are subject to change based on the evolving infectious disease landscape, and do not represent protocols for URJ long-term immersive programs.
To ensure that everyone can join us who wishes to participate, there is scholarship funding available for most of our year-round events with the exception of Women’s Retreat Weekend and the Food & Wine Festival. Please complete the following scholarship request form if you are in need of financial assistance.
If you are affiliated with a congregation, we ask that you first check with your congregation’s educator or Rabbi about scholarship to help with the weekend tuition. If further financial support is needed, or your congregation is not able to help, we invite you to complete the scholarship request form.