Passover at Camp & Community Seder
Friday, April 7 – Sunday April, 9
Community Seder Saturday, April 8
Come to Camp Newman for a weekend celebrating Shabbat and Passover! Spend 2 nights with family and friends who are like family in comfortable housing with private bathrooms, enjoy Kosher-for-Passover food, let the camp staff take care of the kids if you have them while you relax, and then enjoy adult and family programming to make amazing Jewish memories together! Only at camp can we fully dive into this immersive Passover experience! This will be a creative, participatory, musical, innovative, fun, meaningful seder. Can’t join us for the whole weekend? Attend Saturday afternoon-evening for the Passover experience, a community seder and finish the evening with a beautiful camp Havdalah, saying goodbye to Shabbat and welcoming a new week.
Full Weekend: 5pm Friday- 10am Sunday $465/person* 2yrs+
Saturday Only: 2:30pm-9pm $85/person 2yrs+
Register by March 1st to reserve a table for your family and friends at the Seder Saturday night.
Tables seat 7-10 and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. All unreserved tables will be open-seating the evening of the seder.
Families with children ages 2-12 are eligible for scholarships
available through generous funding from the Jewish Federation of San Francisco.
Apply Here for scholarship before registering for the weekend!
FRIDAY, April 7
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!
Saturday, April 8
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.
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: Passover “Shabb-Options” for Adults
Adults can choose their own adventure for Shabbat morning through the lens of Passover. Choose from a hike, art, matzah making, 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 & Community Seder Participant Arrival
Family Activities— Passover experience and seder prep! Make Jewish memories with the entire family together.
3:30 – 4:00 pm: Snack
4:00 – 5:00 pm: More Family Time
Join one or more activities during this time block including climbing at Adventure Mountain, art projects, and other Passover themed family activities.
5:00-5:30: Shower Time/Freshen up for the Seder!
5:45 pm: Seder + Dinner
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: Seder Ends – Havdallah & L’hitraot to Seder-Only Participants
9:30pm: Campfire, Kumsitz (song session), and Kosher for Passover S’mores
A beloved camp tradition: singing around the campfire PLUS very special Passover 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.
SUNDAY, April 9
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!
- Make your own Matzah
- International Charoset Bar
- Matzah S’mores*
- Kosher Wine Tasting for Adults*
- Minute to Win It Matzah Maccabiah*
- 24-hour Afikomen Scavenger Hunt*
- Cross the “Red Sea” low ropes challenge
- Search for Chametz Hide & Seek
- Are you Elijah? Fulfilling the promise with RAC CA
- Self guided tour through a library of Haggadot
- Passover Programming
- Relaxing adult options with provided child supervision/programming
Enjoy these amazing activities alongside Shabbat celebrations*, our interactive, creative & musical seder with dinner, and more!
*Full Weekend Event
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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS WEEKEND?
This weekend is for anyone who wants to spend a weekend at camp celebrating Shabbat and Passover. There will be specific activities for families with kids in preschool through elementary school (recommended for ages 2-12) as well as meaningful adult activities throughout the weekend.
- It is a great way for families with young children – and grandparents – 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.
- Alumni, empty-nesters, and friends of camp are all invited, too! You don’t need to have children to join us for the weekend!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 $170, you can stay locally and participate in the day’s and evening’s activities and meals, including the Kosher for Passover dinner and Seder. 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?
All meals will be Kosher for Passover according to the Reform movement’s traditions. 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! We don’t recommend bringing you own food but if necessary, please note that all food must remain in your cabin, there are no refrigerators and your food might attract unwanted critters.
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!
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, Passover cooking and matzah making, archery, meditation, learning with Rabbi Allie, an art project for you, or simply choose to put your feet up! Sing along at a campfire, make deluxe Kosher for Passover s’mores and build community with other adults! There are specific times during the weekend for adults as well as specific programming that is designed for families together, if you are attending with children.
WHAT IF I CAN’T COME FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND?
If you aren’t able to attend for the whole weekend, we’d love to welcome you just for Saturday Seder from 2:30-9:00pm. Enjoy Passover-themed camp activities to prepare for a meaningful Seder and delicious Kosher for Passover dinner, culminating in a beautiful Havdallah. Cost to attend is $85 per person 2yrs+.
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.