Fall Camp & West Coast Party Jr. 2023

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Fall camp & west coast party jr. 2023

November 10-12, 2023

For new and returning campers in 2nd – 8th grade!

This event is now SOLD OUT! Camp Newman’s Fall Camp (for 2nd – 5th graders) and West Coast Party, Jr. (for 6th – 8th graders) retreat weekend is back November 10-12, 2023 at URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa! 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, all with the care and support of Camp Newman’s best summer staff members. Experience cabin-living, delicious food, age-specific activities and tons of FUN at the ultimate camp retreat weekend. Bus transportation provided with stops at several Bay Area locations!

Cost: $465/camper
Round-Trip bus transportation cost included
Bus stops at several Bay Area locations (see below!)



Bus Stops

To Camp Newman on Friday, November:

    • Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos – Bus departs at 12:15 pm
    • Temple Emanu-El, San Jose – Bus departs at 12:15 pm
    • Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame – Bus departs at 1:00 pm
    • Temple Sinai, Oakland – Bus departs at 1:30 pm

    Parent Drop off/pickup

    Drop off at Camp Newman between 2:00 and 3:00 pm on Friday, November 10th.


    Bus Stops

    From Camp Newman on Sunday, November 12:

      • Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos – Bus arrives at 11:15 am
      • Temple Emanu-El, San Jose – Bus arrives at 12:30 pm
      • Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame – Bus arrives at 11:45 pm
      • Temple Sinai, Oakland – Bus arrives at 10:45 am


    Parent Drop off/pickup

    Pickup at Camp Newman between 10:00 and 10:45 am on Sunday, November 12th.



    Will there be scholarship offered?

    We do our best to provide financial assistance but funds are limited. Please complete this Scholarship Form so that we can work with you.

    Scholarship Request Form

    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.

    Who are the counselors?

    Our staff members are either stellar young adults from our community, alumni staff members, and CITs from summer 2023. We background check every adult who joins us at camp and have a full team of directors onsite at every event as well.

    What are the health protocols for events like this?

    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.


    • 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 campnewman@urj.org


    • 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.

    What is the housing like?

    Campers will be housed in our cabins/lodges. There will be about 13 campers per bunk and 2-3 counselors. The cabins are air conditioned/heated and have bathrooms and showers inside the bunks.

    What if my child takes prescription medication?

    No worries! We will have a medical team onsite to help give out medications and available in the case that a camper feels ill. We are also only 15 minutes from the closest urgent care facility in case of emergencies.

    Preparing your camper’s medication*:

      1. Store the medication in the original container with the prescription
      2. Provide clear instructions on usage (when is it taken, does it need to be taken with food, etc.)

    *We do not hand out vitamins or melatonin unless it is vital

    When you arrive at camp, our medical staff will be present to collect medications and instructions. Medications will be returned to campers/parents before their departure.

    Why does a retreat weekend cost more than it did last year?

    As you may know from your work, the cost of food, supplies, and transportation/gas have all been increasing over the last few years. Bussing alone now costs $75 per camper roundtrip and that’s with a full bus of 51 kids per bus. Camp Newman is also committed to paying our staff the hourly wage, which means our staffing costs are fairly large. The registration fee of $465 per camper does not cover the entire cost of the event, camp will be subsidizing through internal grants or fundraising, when needed. This weekend is such a valuable opportunity to try out camp, gain independence, get comfortable at Camp Newman, and build deeper relationships with Bay Area Jews! Campers will experience some of the “greatest hits” of camp: climbing the tower, roasting marshmallows, celebrating Shabbat, building community, and more.

    Other questions? Please reach out to us at campnewman@urj.org.