Shabbat candle lighting: 4:26pm

Jewish Life

We are actively planning for summer in 2021! We learned so much during our 2020 season and our intention is to return to a more typical J Camps line-up of offerings in 2021, while continuing to follow all Maryland Department of Health and CDC guidelines to keep campers and staff safe. 
Below is information on our originally planned 2020 season.  We will be updating with Summer 2021 information soon! 

For information, contact: jcamps@jcc.org | 410.559.2390


Jewish culture is an important part of the J Camps program. With the support of our counselors, professionals, and our Israeli staff, our campers explore how Jewish values impact not only their lives, but also their family, community, and the world at large.

The most frequently asked question is “Does my child need to be Jewish to attend J Camps?” The answer is simple: we embrace and welcome everyone in our community regardless of religious affiliation. We believe that everyone can seek meaning and fulfillment by participating in our rich programming that is inspired by our Jewish heritage and values.

Shabbat celebration
Every Friday your child will experience the magic of Shabbat at J Camps. We ask questions, light the Shabbat candles, sing, and have yummy Challah snacks!

Jewish Values
All of our camps are infused with Jewish values such as kehillah (community), hakira (curiosity), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and ruach (spirit).

Shabbabah
Each week we gather to further explore a Jewish value and participate in meaningful community service projects, in partnership with the Jewish Volunteer Connection.

Mensch of the Week
Every week two children from each of our J Camps are selected as Mensch of the Week for doing good deeds and acting with integrity and kindness toward others. Campers love to receive this special badge of honor.

Israeli Culture
Campers learn about the roots of Israel from our visiting Israeli Shlichim counselors and specialists.

We didn't know what to expect…on a Judaic level. The amount and quality of Jewish songs, Israeli dances, and Jewish values that Evelyn came home with on a daily basis blew us away. Kol ha’kavod!

-Alison Z.

Meet Rabbi Dena Shaffer

Executive Director of 4Front Baltimore
Rabbi Dena Shaffer (or Rabbs, as the kids say!) serves as the Executive Director of 4Front Baltimore, a community-wide Jewish teen initiative housed at our Owings Mills JCC. Read more about Rabbi Dena.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Denna | 410.500.5983 | dshaffer@jcc.org

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