Chai 5 & Taste of Camp Family Weekend

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Chai 5* & Taste of Camp family Weekend

for kids 2-12 and the Grown-ups who love them 

*Chai 5: Camp Newman’s Early Childhood Programming for families with kids in pre-school – K

Friday, February 10, 2023 – Sunday, February 12, 2023  

Spend a magical Shabbat with us including Friday night Shabbat song session and Israeli dancing, adult program options, Jewish family programming and all your favorite camp activities! Connect with other families just like yours and give your kids a pre-summer Taste of Camp. 

Accommodations

Enjoy a private ½ cabin with attached bathroom for each family (sleeps up to 8).

All accommodations include: A 3-day, 2-night stay at Camp Newman with six meals, as well as snacks, all activities, and childcare. 

Family Fees
Private Housing: $465/person ages 2+ 

Family Scholarships available through generous funding from the Jewish Federation of San Francisco. Apply Here! 

 

WEEKEND SHABBATON SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, February 10

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Heiveinu Shalom Alechem! 

We are so glad to see YOU! Get checked in and our staff will help you find your cabin. 

6:00 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Services 

Welcome Shabbat with music, community and a moment to take a big deep breath! 

6:30 pm: Shabbat Dinner + Shira & Israeli Dancing 

Come hungry and then get ready to sing and dance the night away with classic Israeli folk dances and camp-favorite line dances. 

8:30 pm: Shabbat Oneg (Cabin area counselors go on supervision duty) 

Adults are invited to enjoy wine, desserts, and schmoozing.

Our staff will be stationed at each cabin/living space where kids are living. After parents have put kids to bed, staff will be available should anything come up in the evening so that adults can enjoy time together! 

11:30 pm: Cabin area counselors go off duty 

Our staff will remain on duty until a parent from each family returns. Please plan to relieve your staff member by 11:30pm! 

FRIDAY, February 11

Anytime: Chofesh & Open Play 

There will always be an area set up with sports equipment and lawn games for some more unstructured, self-lead downtime. 

8:30am: Breakfast 

9:15 am – 12:30 pm:  

Track 1 – Taste of Camp Activities for kids in grades 1-6 

Track 2 – Camp Fun for kids in pre-school-K 

Activities led by our amazing summer staff members for kids ages 2+ and older! We will not be offering childcare for children under 2 years old. 

9:15 am – 12:30pm: Shabb-Options for Adults 

Adults can choose their own adventure for Shabbat morning. Choose from a hike, art with our resident artist, challah braiding, or a classic camp-style service. Each session is 75 minutes long and all except the morning Shabbat service will be offered twice during this time block. 

12:30 pm: Lunch 

1:30 pm: Menucha (Rest time) 

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Family Time 

Family Programming—make Jewish memories with the entire family together. 

3:30 – 4:00 pm: It’s-It Snack 

Nosh on a camp favorite and Bay Area delicacy: It’s-It ice cream sandwiches! 

4:00 – 5:30 pm: More Family Time 

Join one or more activities during this time block including climbing at Adventure Mountain, art projects, and other family activities.

5:30 pm: Happy Hour / Snacky Hour 

Adults can join for a wine and cheese appetizer while kids ages 2+ are led in more camp fun by our staff. 

6:30 pm: Dinner 

7:30 pm: Havdalah 

Together as a community we’ll hold on to the last moments of Shabbat together and wish each other a good and sweet week ahead with this beautiful, musical camp-style Havdalah service. 

8:00 pm: Game Night 

Create a team with your old (or new) family friends and have friendly competition! 

8:30 pm: Shmira begins 

Our staff will be stationed at each cabin/living space where kids are living. After parents have put kids to bed, staff will be available should anything come up in the evening so that adults can enjoy time together. 

9:00 pm: Campfire, Kumsitz (song session), and S’mores bar 

A beloved camp tradition: singing around the campfire PLUS s’mores, of course. 

11:30 pm: Shmira ends 

Our staff will remain on duty until a parent from each family returns. Please plan to relieve your staff member by 11:30 pm. 

FRIDAY, February 12

Anytime: Chofesh & Open Play 

There will always be an area set up with sports equipment and lawn games for some more unstructured, self-lead down time. 

8:30 am: Breakfast 

9:15 am: Packing time and Closing Circle 

Conclude a rejuvenating, fun-filled weekend together with a meaningful closing activity for all participants. 

10:00 am: L’hitraot  

We’ll see you next time! 

Check out this gallery to see pictures from past weekend events at Camp Newman.

FAQS

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS WEEKEND?

This weekend is for families with kids in preschool through elementary school and recommended for ages 2-12.  

  • It is a great way for families with young children to spend quality, Jewish time together connecting with other families at the same stage of life.  
  • This weekend is also a great way for campers to try camp before attend for one of our summer. 

This is not, however, a camper weekend for kids to attend without their grownups. 

IS THERE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?

Family Scholarships available through generous funding from the Jewish Federation of San Francisco. Apply here! 

WHAT SHOULD WE BRING?

We will send you a full packing list in advance of your weekend. Play an instrument? Bring it! And as always, bring your reusable water bottles, hat, sunscreen and sturdy shoes.

IS EVENING CHILDCARE PROVIDED?

We offer late-night supervision (shmira) for all ages 8:30-11:30pm. You put your kids to bed and our staff will monitor them while you relax with friends.  

CAN MY CAMP-AGED CAMPER ATTEND THE WEEKEND WITH OUT ME?

This is not a camper weekend for kids to attend without their grown-ups. If your camper is looking for a bit of camp during the year, check out Winter Camp January  14-16 or the NFTY weekend February 17-20.

I RECENTLY WAS A CAMP STAFF MEMBER OR CIT ’22 AND AM INTERESTED IN WORKING THAT WEEKEND? WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

Terrific! Email Rachel Dubowe at rdubowe@urj.org. 

I WANT TO ATTEND BUT I DON’T WANT TO SPEND THE NIGHT BECAUSE I LIVE LOCALLY. CAN I PARTICIPATE FULLY IN THAT WAY?

Sure! For a savings of $65/night ($130), you can stay locally and participate in the day’s and evening’s activities and meals. Even on a short weekend, we strive to create community among participants so if you’re staying off camp, please plan to keep to our weekend schedule!  

HOW ABOUT THE FOOD?

Our kosher-style kitchen regularly prepares vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options at every meal. Please share other allergies and dietary needs with us so we can accommodate you. Our menus are delicious and kid friendly.  Coffee and snacks are available at all times!  

IF WE ARE FLYING IN, WHAT IS THE BEST AIRPORT?

Oakland Airport (OAK) and Santa Rosa Airport (STS) are the most convenient airports to use when coming to camp!  

Cancellation Policy

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

HOW MUCH DOES THE FULL WEEKEND COST?

$465 per person 2 years old and up. Kids under 2 years old are free.  

WHAT ARE THE HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS?

Each family will enjoy a ½ cabin that sleeps 8 (4 bunk beds) and includes restrooms and showers in-house. A wall separates the two sides of the cabin, making it a private space for each family.  

WHAT WILL BE OFFERED FOR FAMILIES? IS THERE CHILDCARE?

However you define a family, you are welcome at Camp Newman! We’ll offer child programming ages 2+ on Saturday morning. Kids participate in fun camp activities while under 2 year olds can enjoy our play space with their parents.  
Enjoy Shabbat and Jewish programming together, get alone time to choose from several optional activities while kids are with counselors, have a glass of wine after the kids go to bed while counselors are on supervision duty and enjoy your meal while counselors play outside with those quick eaters!   

WE ARE NEW TO THE CAMP NEWMAN COMMUNITY AND CONSIDERING CAMP FOR NEXT SUMMER. IS THIS A GOOD WEEKEND FOR US TO COME TO GET A TASTE OF CAMP?

Yes! If this weekend doesn’t work for you, also consider April 7-9 Passover Family Weekend or August 10-13 Taste of Camp Weekend. 

WHAT WILL BE OFFERED FOR ADULTS?

Enjoy Shabbat and a weekend away at camp! Choose options such as hiking, challah braiding, archery, learning with Rabbi Allie, an art project for you, or simply choose to put your feet up! Sing along at a campfire, make deluxe s’mores and connect with other parents. There are specific times during the weekend for adults as well as specific programming that is designed for families together. 

WHAT IF I CAN’T COME FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND?

If you aren’t able to attend for the whole weekend, we recommend choosing a different weekend to join us when you can clear your calendar. We are striving to create a community which is successful when one consistent group is present from beginning to end.

I NEED A LITTLE HELP GETTING AROUND THOSE INFAMOUS HILLS AT CAMP. WILL THERE BE MOBILITY ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?

Yes! We can help you with our golf cart. Ask any staff member with a walkie-talkie and your chariot will await. 

WILL TRANSPORTATION BE PROVIDED TO AND FROM CAMP?

We are not able to provide transportation to camp for this weekend event.  

WHAT ARE THE COVID-19 PROTOCOLS?

The health & safety of our participants is our highest concern at Camp Newman. We require all Family Camp participants to be up to date on their vaccinations including the primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations and those over 12 years or older to be boosted.  We will ask for proof of vaccination and a negative rapid test upon arriving at camp. As Covid continues to evolve, we will continue to evolve our policies and procedures. The most up-to-date requirements will be shared with you prior to your weekend.  Click here for our Health and Safety FAQs.