Jewish Life at Camp Laurelwood
Fun meets tradition with Judaics and Israeli culture in a warm, welcoming setting; Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring is available. Camp Laurelwood is proud to share and promote our Jewish heritage. We focus on cherished Jewish values including being kind to each other, respecting the earth, self- respect, and Israeli culture and folklore. Kosher Dietary Laws are observed, with a mashgiach (supervisor) on the premises each week.
Every Friday night, campers and staff dress in white to usher in the Sabbath with Kiddush, candle-lighting and blessing over the Challah. A traditional Shabbat meal is a highlight of the week and is followed by a spirited song session in the Mess Hall.
Friday night services after dinner are led by campers assisted by Jewish educators. Saturday mornings campers have the opportunity to sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning followed by a short Saturday morning service. Saturdays are theme day activities. Sabbath concludes with a traditional Havdallah ceremony under the stars.
Special Israeli staff are recruited to bring Israeli culture to camp. Jewish Arts are incorporated, Tisha B’Av is observed and special theme days highlight the summer.
We strive to make every camper feel comfortable and welcome in a positive, inspirational Jewish environment.