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Dear Melissa, Thank you so much for giving me the chance to go to camp year and year again. While this may have been the last year for me as a camper, I feel the need to go back again and give the same/better experience to another kid. This is all because of you and the work you put into letting me come to camp. Because of you, I have had experiences I will remember forever, and friends that will last me a lifetime. Thank you so much!

Thank You For Creating Camp Magic

By Jewish Camp Initiative

Jewish Summer Camp is one of the most impactful experiences a young person can have. The magic of a Jewish summer doesn’t stop when kids go home, or even when school starts. The lessons, hobbies, friendships, songs, and memories of camp stay with them, and help shape their Jewish identity for the rest of their lives. Federation’s Jewish Camp Initiative aims to eliminate the financial barriers that keep families from sending their kids to overnight camp. Here’s a letter we received from one grateful camper, who has been able to attend camp year after year thanks to the Jewish Camp Initiative: 

Dear Melissa, Thank you so much for giving me the chance to go to camp year and year again. While this may have been the last year for me as a camper, I feel the need to go back again and give the same/better experience to another kid. This is all because of you and the work you put into letting me come to camp. Because of you, I have had experiences I will remember forever, and friends that will last me a lifetime. Thank you so much!

When you donate to the Jewish Camp Initiative, you’re funding incentive and needs-based grants that ensure kids across metro Atlanta get to have immersive Jewish summers. Your generosity changes lives and gives kids experiences they’ll never forget.

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Federation Makes Happy Campers

By Jewish Camp Initiative

Elyse’s son Jonah is currently experiencing his first summer at Jewish sleepaway camp, thanks in part to a One Happy Camper grant from Federation’s Jewish Camp initiative.

“I heard about Federation’s One Happy Camper grant through Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz at the Chabad of North Fulton. My hopes for Jonah this summer are that he has an incredible time, makes lots of friends, and feels the warmth and joy of Judaism. I’m so excited that Jonah will experience Jewish overnight camp for the first time. I can’t wait for him to feel the camaraderie and Yiddishkeit that will surround him throughout this summer along with all the fun new adventures!”

-Elyse

Camp scholarships and grants from the Jewish Camp Initiative make it easier for kids across Atlanta to experience the life-changing magic of an immersive Jewish summer. This year, the Jewish Camp initiative awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to Atlanta campers. We are also proud to be the first community to increase our One Happy Camper incentive grant values in response to the rising costs of overnight camp, with support and encouragement from our partners at the Foundation for Jewish Camp. If you want to help the Jewish kids of Atlanta have a summer they’ll never forget, click here.

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The Power of Jewish Camp

By Jewish Camp Initiative

Summer just isn’t summer without overnight camp! Federation’s Jewish Camp Initiative sends kids to Jewish overnight camp by providing necessary grants and scholarships. The experiences kids have at summer camp help them form a lifetime bond to their Jewish community.

“Our son returned after a month at Camp Coleman with so many new skills and experiences. He learned how to take care of himself, his environment, and be a good friend and responsible part of the camp community. Meanwhile, our daughter attended 2 weeks of camp this summer, and came home asking if she could attend all 8 weeks next year! This tiny, 8-year-old girl blossomed at camp. The experiences she had growing as a leader, increasing her self-esteem, enjoying newfound independence, learning new skills, and making incredible friends are things she would not have gotten without the help of Federation.”
– A summer 2022 scholarship recipient family 

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Start a Campfire is Ending Soon!

By Jewish Camp Initiative

They say that Jewish overnight camp is one of the three most effective vehicles for attracting and engaging young people in Jewish life. Kids who attend camp: 

  • Feel a deep, personal, lifelong commitment to their Jewish identity, ownership of their Judaism and connection to Israel.