February 23, 2024 ()

Summer Opportunities

Temple Emanuel understands the importance of Jewish Summer Camps in shaping and supporting the kids’Jewish identities, connection to Judisam and Jewish practice and also creating friendships for life. We are happy to be supporting those amazing Camp opportunities for our Temple Youth and kids. If you’d like to connect with other Temple Emanuel camp families, contact the Temple Office.

GET UP TO $1000 OFF CAMP

    Your child may be eligible for a need-blind grant of up to $1000 their first summer! With over 150 traditional and specialty programs to choose from, there is a perfect camp out there for every child. Click here for more information on the One Happy Camper scholarship fund.

URJ CAMPS

Temple Emanuel is committed to engaging our youth throughout the entire year as a foundation for lifelong engagement in Reform Judaism. In this vein, we are pleased to offer a $500 scholarship to any of our members looking to attend a URJ summer camp for the first time – $250 from the Temple and $250 from the Brotherhood. We are grateful to all of these pieces of our Temple community who have made this possible. If you have any questions or want to double-check if you qualify, please email executive director Dianne Neiman.

The URJ offers 11 wonderful traditional camp experiences for campers entering grades 3-10. Some of our staff members worked in some of them, like our Director of Youth Engagement, Snir Holtzman, who worked at URJ Camp OSRUI in Oconomowoc, WI. Feel free to reach out to our staff for more questions regarding URJ Camps. Within our region, URJ Camp Harlam is a traditional comprehensive camp, which includes bus transportation from the DC area. Temple Emanuel students may also be interested in the URJ’s three specialty camps: URJ 6-Points Sports Academy, URJ 6-Points Sci-Tech Academy, and URJ 6-Points Creative Arts Academy.
Nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Pocono Mountains in rural Pennsylvania, URJ Camp Harlam provides the finest in recreational and educational activities for Reform Jewish youth. Established in 1958, Camp Harlam has developed a strong tradition of success and excellence based on a highly skilled staff dedicated to the spiritual, physical, social and psychological well-being of each child. We’re particularly proud of our open and inclusive communities that are sensitive to the needs of interfaith and diverse families.
Six Points Sports Academy is where young athletes are trained for life. We offer our campers intensive, high quality athletic instruction, and individual attention. Our athletes live in state-of-the art facilities, under supervision of positive role models while learning life lessons on and off the playing fields in a Reform Jewish setting.
At URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, scientific inquiry meets fun! Girls and boys entering grades 5-10 develop hypotheses, perform experiments, and test out new technologies in a supportive, vibrant Jewish community. Our campers ask big questions, and discover real answers.
At Six Points Creative Arts Academy, the program staff, campers, and site work together to create a holistic, meaningful experience for artists in a living laboratory for learning and performing. Our program focuses on the whole child, fostering personal advancement and resilience while creating an aspirational arc of growth and possibilities.
Click here for an overview of all of the URJ’s great summer camp programs.

It doesn’t stop there! There are so many opportunities around us for great summer camps that your kid will never forget!

Camps Airy & Louise are two camps that share one legacy. Built upon 100 years of experience and tradition, Camps Airy & Louise provides Jewish children with a fun, creative, and adventurous summer experience that promotes self-growth, leadership, and a positive sense of Jewish identity – all while making friendships that last a lifetime.
Capital Camps is all about providing children a fun, safe, experience. Capital Camps utilize the best practices of informal Jewish education to strengthen identity, to instill values and to build community. Every summer, children and staff create a community that touches hearts, souls and minds. Village life is where friendships are formed and individuals become a “cabin family.” Capital Camps are proud of their sports, arts, aquatics, and outdoor adventure, nature and farm programs. The combinations of typical days and special programs equal a fun packed summer experience!
Perlman Camp is a Jewish overnight summer camp for children entering grades 2 through 12 that provides a foundation for campers to develop into independent thinkers and build lifelong connections. Through creative, choice-based programming, campers get exposure to new opportunities while also enjoying their favorite activities. Our Judaic programming strengthens our campers’ Jewish identity and personality.

Your kid isn’t quite ready for sleepaway camp? Check out great local day camp options at CampJCC at Bender JCC.

Lessans Camp JCC is a place where every child in the greater Washington D.C. area — regardless of developmental ability — can experience the joys of summer camp. Lessans’ nationally recognized inclusion program makes each individual feel connected and that they belong in the community.
Ramah Day Camp provides children entering grades K-5 with tons of options of camping experiences (including Hebrew Immersive program) in a setting of love, friendship, wonder and discovery, and a place where Judaism is integral to daily activities. The Germantown, MD campus, located just minutes from I-270, offers the best in rural tranquility combined with suburban convenience, close to major highways and easily accessible to the areas we serve – Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Frederick. Bus service is included, with local stops at our partner synagogues.

See you next summer!