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Camp Kesher – making Judaism fun for kids

Photo: Camp Kesher’s 2019 campers. Camp Kesher is the newest overnight camp serving Jewish kids in Oregon and Washington. Its first week-long camp was held in 2019 at a lodge on Mount Hood. This year the 12-day camp will be located at Camp Lacamas near Lake Lacamas in Camas, WA. “This place is better for…

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Camp Directory 2020

BB DAY CAMP PORTLAND Located at Congregation Beth Israel 1972 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 503-496-7447 bbcamp.org/portland Located at Congregation Beth Israel in Northwest Portland, BB Day Camp offers a warm and welcoming Jewish camp experience filled with art, dance, water play, martial arts, gymnastics, music, Jewish enrichment, and Shabbat celebrations for campers entering Pre-K through…

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JCamp 180’s Camp Legacy Initiative

Photo: JCamp 180’s annual conference draws hundreds of camp professionals. JCamp 180 is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and was created to ensure affiliated Jewish camps thrive and endure. Through grants, mentoring, and professional development programs as well as an annual conference, they build the capacity of Jewish camps to operate more effectively…

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Instill a love for Jewish camp early with PJ Library Family Camp

An appreciation for family reading and Jewish children’s literature has led several communities to combine the benefits of Jewish family camp together with the PJ Library program. The resulting initiative, PJ Library Family Camp, offers families with young children a unique all-inclusive weekend adventure. Family camp combines the benefits of togetherness and structured activity with…

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2019 Chanukah Essay Contest

Maimonides Jewish Day School in Southwest Portland presents Oregon’s 3rd annual Chanukah Essay Contest. Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford’s question encourages young Oregonians in third through eighth grades to reflect upon the power of their own words. How can I use words to be a helpful person, or a good citizen, or a friend to…

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Include marshmallows at your mitzvah

Most of us were introduced to marshmallows around a campfire when someone handed us a decadent treat with the fluffy white confection sandwiched between golden graham crackers with melted chocolate oozing out – behold the s’more. Today, gourmet marshmallows are popping up as party favors and at candy stations at bar and bat mitzvahs across…

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