Jewish Experience

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Family Camp at Yavneh integrates the traditional camp setting with a strong Jewish experience…

Whatever branch of Judaism a family is from, each will find its place at Family Camp at Yavneh. Yavneh is all about, K'lal Yisrael (all Jews are one!). Whether at a Havdalah service or a hike through the woods, Judaism and Hebrew permeate the program in such a way that all camp activities can ultimately be placed in a more meaningful context and the families soon realizes that living Jewishly as a family can be fun.

When Friday afternoon approaches, the entire camp enters into the joy of preparing for Shabbat. The camp is Shomer Shabbat. As a larger camp family, dressed in our finest, we greet Shabbat with candle lighting and prayers. After a special Shabbat dinner, the dining hall resounds with song and dance. We end Shabbat arm in arm with singing and a lively Havdalah service followed by Israeli dancing with our own camp musicians.

Tefillot (prayers) will be offered daily in a variety of settings and are optional for all. Camp has both Orthodox and egalitarian services as well as a learner's minyan (service) for those who would like to deepen their understanding about Jewish prayer. There will also be tefillah options for children.