Specialty Camps Incubator


With the generous support of the Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI Foundations, the Foundation for Jewish Camp is establishing the Specialty Camps Incubator III, designed to provide expertise and support to a cohort of individuals or organizations as they plan and implement their vision for new models of nonprofit, Jewish overnight specialty camps.

Incubator III will launch four new Jewish specialty camps, provide funding to the new camps during their planning, start-up and first three years of operation, and evaluate the progress of each camp's development. Each new camp will receive start-up investment and 3 year operational funding of up to $1.4 million, pegged to performance goals.

We are thrilled to announce the newest Specialty Camp Incubator III cohort.  These new camps will open for summer 2018!

JRF Arts will provide campers with high level arts programming within a Jewish, values-based, and magical community to become better artists – and better people. Based in Southern California, JRF Arts will focus on the film arts with other supporting modalities. Campers will learn from professional artists, build deep and lasting friendships, and be part of the inclusive, diverse, and welcoming JRF family. This will be the second camp for the Reconstructionist movement.

Moshav Eden, on the West Coast, will cultivate a diverse Jewishly-rooted community of children, teens, and young adults who learn to steward the earth and strengthen our food systems. Campers will emerge from immersive Jewish farm-to table experiences empowered to promote a more environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually connected world. Moshav Eden is an outgrowth of Eden Village Camp, a part of the Specialty Camps Incubator I cohort.

Ramah Sports Academy will be a high-level sports specialty overnight camp in the Northeast, emphasizing skill development, within a caring summer community infused with the traditions and values of Judaism. The vision behind RSA is the creation of a sports camp run by elite coaches and counselors, designed to enhance skills, encourage teamwork and sportsmanship, and instill confidence in every aspect of our campers’ lives. The program will go beyond sports instruction to instill a deeper love for Judaism, Hebrew language, and the land and people of Israel, while challenging campers to grow intellectually, athletically, and spiritually.

Sababa Beach Away will inspire a diverse group of Jewish campers of varying ages, levels of Jewish affiliation and all types of observance to experience a relaxing, noncompetitive and fun environment while building relationships, self-­knowledge, balance, and critical life skills through the exhilaration of ocean activities and the wisdom of Jewish spirituality. Sababa Beach Away Camp looks to capitalize on the setting of one of the East Coast’s top surfing locations, the exciting, spiritual nature of surfing/beach activities, and the growing popularity of Jewish mindfulness to provide Jewish teens and tweens a unique camp experience that combines friends, fun, and physical challenge with profound Jewish content.

URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy will be a unique environment fully dedicated to the pursuit of visual, performance and media art, building an immersive experience where creative expression permeates every aspect of their day – from meals, to cabin time, to Jewish learning. This innovative specialty camp, envisioned to be in the Mid-Atlantic region, will not only engage campers’ creativity through hands on exploration of music, visual arts and theater, it will connect them to and immerse them in a vibrant Jewish community filled with Jewish celebration, Shabbat experiences, and living connections to Israel.



About the Specialty Camps Incubator

The Specialty Camps Incubator provides funding to new Jewish specialty camps during their planning, start-up and first three years of operation, and evaluates the progress of each camp’s development. With support from the Jim Joseph Foundation and the AVI CHAI Foundation, Incubator I and II successfully established new business models for Jewish camps and created a forum to pilot new educational models by integrating Jewish learning with activities that kids are passionate about - the environment, performing arts, sports, and outdoor adventure.  They exceeded their enrollment benchmarks with retention rates tracking at a rate 4x higher than specialty secular options. These camps provide a new path to Jewish camp for many children, serving over 2,500 campers in Summer 2015.

Incubator II Camps:

CAMP INC. provides campers with a business and entrepreneurial summer camp experience rooted in Jewish values. Campers will learn how to build a company in an industry of their choice and gain the skills necessary to become innovators and social leaders in business, philanthropy, and the Jewish community. Israel education will be embedded in the program as campers learn about Israel through the lens of their entrepreneurial sector. Campers will learn from high-level mentors, teachers, and business pioneers.  Camp Inc., under the direction of Josh Pierce, will be operated by the Boulder JCC.

CAMP ZEKE  Camp Zeke is the first Jewish camp where 7 to 17 year-olds celebrate healthy, active living. Campers can put on an apron and cook gourmet dishes with a professional chef. They can also choose from action-packed fitness electives, like running, yoga, strength training, dance, sailing, and krav maga. Camp Zeke also offers arts, music, sports, and nightly all-camp evening programs (like dances and talent shows).

JCC MACCABI SPORTS CAMP  is for campers who love sports and want to advance their skills in a fun and supportive camp environment.  During our two- or four-week sessions, campers focus on developing athletic skills and improving as teammates in the sport of their choice - baseball, basketball, soccer, or tennis. In addition to receiving high-level individualized instruction in sports, our campers gain life skills as well. Guided by Jewish values, we place a lot of emphasis on sportsmanship, ethics, and community. In fact, when you add the community and character building nature of team play, we find that sports and Jewish values go hand in hand.

URJ 6 POINTS SCI-TECH ACADEMY  will create an exciting camp environment that addresses the whole child. This innovative specialty camp will not only engage campers’ curiosity about the world through superior hands-on scientific and technological exploration, experimentation, and reflection; it will immerse them in a vibrant Jewish community filled with Jewish music, Shabbat experiences, and living connections to Israel. Jewish values, ethics and tradition will be woven together with the spirit and excitement of open scientific inquiry.  URJ 6 Points Science Academy, the 14th in the Union for Reform Judaism’s camp system, will be located in the Boston, MA area.

The Specialty Camp Incubator II is made possible by a grant of $8.6 million jointly funded by The Jim Joseph Foundation and the AVI CHAI Foundation.


Incubator I Camps: 

Eden Village Camp is a pluralistic, co-ed camp focused on Jewish environmentalism. Rooted in the Jewish vision of an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually connected world, EVC is a compassionate community where each camper develops leadership skills, explores new passions, and awakens their sense of purpose and joy. The EVC experience includes organic farming, wilderness trips, natural building and service projects, art, music, sports and spiritual practice. Campers have fun while deepening their appreciation for themselves, their communities, and the natural systems sustaining us.
From the thrill of rock climbing, hiking, or whitewater rafting to the peace of Shabbat, Ramah Outdoor Adventure offers teens inspiring outdoor adventures while living in a joyful, supportive Jewish community. Participants experience the pristine wilderness of the Rocky Mountains as they face new challenges, developing leadership skills and strengthening their sense of self. Part of the Ramah family of camps, Ramah Outdoor Adventure provides a unique opportunity to explore Jewish identity in the context of environmentalism and outdoor living.
URJ 6 Points Sports Academy offers young athletes intensive sports training in a vibrant, fun, Jewish community. Talented girls and boys come here to train with the athletic elite in a state-of-the-art facility. Part of the Union for Reform Judaism, 6 Points provides a unique opportunity for these athletes to explore their Jewish identity in relation to their sport. 6 Points offers core training in basketball, soccer, baseball and lacrosse, plus other sports electives. Each day is intense, challenging and fun.


For questions, please contact Michele Friedman, Director New Camp Initiatives, michele@jewishcamp.org.