Specialty Camps Incubator
The Incubator provides expertise for entrepreneurs as they implement their vision for new nonprofit, Jewish specialty camps.
We are pleased to announce the second cohort of the Specialty Camps Incubator. The Incubator seeks to develop camps to reach demographic groups and geographic regions underserved by existing traditional and specialty Jewish camps. Once open, the Incubator II camps will attract new segments of Jewish youth entering grades six through twelve, strengthening their Jewish identity and contributing to their specialized interests.
Through a rigorous selection process, the Incubator advisory committee selected nonprofit specialty camp proposals possessing strong Jewish missions that weave Jewish culture, values, and learning throughout the elements of the camp program.
The camps selected for Specialty Camps Incubator II are:
- Camp Inc.: Business and entrepreneurial camp based in Boulder, Co
- Camp Zeke: East Coast based health and wellness camp
- JCC Maccabi Sports Camp: Sports camp in the San Francisco Bay area
- URJ Six Points Sci-Tech Academy: Science and technology camp in the Boston area
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 Focusing on pure foods, energizing fitness activities, and culinary arts, Camp Zeke is founded on the time-honored Jewish lesson that physical and spiritual wellbeing go hand in hand. By immersing campers in traditional teachings of shmirat haguf (taking care of the body) and the latest developments in exercise science and nutrition, Camp Zeke will help children become healthier, fitter, happier, and more spiritually-engaged Jews. The director of the camp, Isaac Mamaysky, is a professor, attorney, and Camp JORI alum who has a longstanding connection to Jewish camping, and has been involved in both formal and informal Jewish education. Isaac is joined by his fiancee, Lisa Kravitz.
JCC MACCABI SPORTS CAMP Through intensive clinics and creative programming, the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp will be a transformative experience for young Jewish athletes who are passionate about sports and desire to advance their skill levels. Infused with the same spirit and commitment of the JCC Maccabi Games, the focus will be less on the individual’s current skill level but on the athlete’s capacity to be coached and a commitment to competitive sports. The JCC Maccabi Sports Camp will be based on the west coast with Joshua Steinharter as the director. For seven years, Josh has held the position of Athletic Program Manager for Youth & Coach Development at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and has served as the Delegation Head for Team San Francisco in the JCC Maccabi Games for the past five years. He is an alum of URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute.
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.
For questions, please contact Michele Friedman, Director New Camp Initiatives, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to learn more about the specialty camps created during the first Specialty Camps Incubator:
92Y Passport NYC
Experience New York City in a unique and extraordinary way at the 92nd Street Y's Passport NYC! Join teens from around the world for an amazing residential camp experience that celebrates creativity, social responsibility, and Jewish values. Dive into one of five exciting specialties—film, fashion, culinary arts, the music industry or musical theater—to learn from NYC's top creative talent, experience New York culture, and perform not-so-random acts of kindness. Learn how you can make a difference while building our Passport NYC community, in a totally safe, totally cool environment. Passport NYC is A Summer. A City. A Camp Like No Other.
Adamah Adventures invites Jewish teens to take on some of the country's most thrilling, awe-inspiring outdoor adventures. During their 18-day trek, campers work in small groups alongside highly trained staff, experiencing both the thrill and the quiet – the whitewater and the campfire— and at the end of each week, an enthusiastic Shabbat under mountain stars. Adamah Adventures challenges teenagers to increase their self-confidence, independence, and sense of adventure, while building a strong Jewish community focused on environmental awareness and outdoor living.
Eden Village Camp
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.
Ramah Outdoor Adventure
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
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.
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