TARA: JEWISH SUMMER CAMP

“Throughout my childhood, I moved around quite a bit, and although I always had a place to live, I never really felt like I had a home. At 8 years o...

“Throughout my childhood, I moved around quite a bit, and although I always had a place to live, I never really felt like I had a home. At 8 years old, thanks to the generosity of the community, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime: a summer at a Jewish sleep away camp in the Laurentians. I boarded the bus with excitement about making new friends and participating in fun activities. Little did I know, I would eventually call this place my home.

At camp I developed new skills, created lifelong friendships and discovered my Jewish identity. Because of camp, I have been inspired to give back by working as an informal Jewish educator for over 15 years. Today, I am so proud to watch my own kids board the same bus, and benefit from a wonderful summer camp experience of their own.”

Last year, Federation CJA helped send 1,237 kids to Jewish summer camp thanks to your support.

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THANK YOU FROM KAYLA, MEAGAN AND EMMA

“Since my sisters and I don’t live in a Jewish area and we attend French public school, camp is a place where we can learn about our Jewish roots....

“Since my sisters and I don’t live in a Jewish area and we attend French public school, camp is a place where we can learn about our Jewish roots. I made a lot of new friends, and I learned Hatikvah for the first time. I also got to have a Bat Mitzvah at camp, dress up, invite my friends and have a party with music and dancing and cake! The counsellors are great at encouraging us to discover new passions, which is where my interest in photography started. Camp helped me gain confidence.” - Kayla

“My older sister, Kayla, pushed me to go to ‘rookie’ camp last summer and I’m so glad she did.” - Emma


Through Federation CJA's Generations Fund incentive and access grants, over 1,600 Montreal children have enjoyed a Jewish summer camp experience. 70% of young Jewish leaders get their start at Jewish overnight camp.

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THANK YOU FROM HARLEY

“Growing up, I didn't have a strong Jewish identity, but when I went to Jewish summer camp that changed. I gained a greater understanding of Shabbat...

“Growing up, I didn't have a strong Jewish identity, but when I went to Jewish summer camp that changed. I gained a greater understanding of Shabbat: it was about family, unity, and people coming together for a special time. In the beginning, it was a foreign concept to me, but after spending many summers at camp, this became my foundation and my connection to the Jewish community. This experience helped me to develop friendships, connections, and community, the benefits of which still impact me today."

Last summer, 1,237 children benefited from a Jewish summer camp experience through Federation CJA subsidies, incentives and access grants.

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