Every child should experience the magic of Jewish summer camp. The Weekender, sponsored by UJA’s Silber Family Centre for Jewish Camping, is designed to introduce first-time campers to Jewish overnight camp in a safe and fun 2-3 day session. We are happy to partner with Jewish camps to provide this innovative program which allows children entering SK to Grade 4* to get a taste of Jewish summer camp.
Each child is only eligible to participate once in the Weekender program.
*Please Note: Each camp caters to different age groups. There is a $50 fully refundable deposit required to register your child, as well as a $36 non-refundable transportation fee.
Camp Gesher is a unique, truly youth-led community. Our staff and campers develop lifelong skills and become Jewish community leaders and activists. We create a space for campers to explore themselves on their own terms and engage with friends in unstructured free play - an incredibly important skill for today's children. We take pride in offering outstanding programs, which include waterfront, tiyul (travel), hiking, nature, sports, and arts all while building a vibrant and inclusive community. Camp Gesher has an international flair, welcoming campers from Israel, France, Mexico, the UK, Switzerland, the US and Canada.
Our camp welcomes Shabbat with a special mifkad (camp gathering) that includes a story related to the weekly Torah portion, followed by singing songs as a community on our Lake Pringle beachfront. We engage in a spirited Shabbat Shira (Shabbat Song) with Hebrew, English, traditional and folk songs. Each week, a kvutsah (group) leads the Shabbat table blessings, starting with Shalom Aleichem and ending with Hamotzi. A highlight of the week is rikud (Israeli dance)! On Saturday evening, we enjoy Havdallah (ending Shabbat) together.
Camp Philosophy: Camp Northland is a true interdenominational Jewish overnight camp embracing the entire Jewish community in a celebration of Jewish culture, traditional values, building Jewish identity, and inspiring connections to Judaism and Israel. Every camper and family will find their comfort and 'summer family' at Camp Northland because we are inclusive, warm, and nurturing of all that join our community.
Shabbat Experience: Shabbat at camp is a magical experience beginning with our 'shabbos shuk', where kids make their own challah, write shabbat o' grams to make others feel good leading into shabbat, have snacks, and play games. At the shabbat meal (all meals are certified COR kosher with a masgiach on site), campers bring in shabbat with a small oneg, an inspirational story connecting us to each other and our Jewish values, followed blessings, and a traditional shabbat meal. Shabbat ends with a waterfront havdallah service with the entire camp.
Shabbat Experience: Shabbat at Ramah is community-focused. Shabbat includes pre-Shabbat stories, Kabbalat Shabbat, delicious Shabbat meals, and singing and dancing. On Shabbat afternoons, cabin groups choose from a wide variety of special Shabbat activities, including two free swims. Shabbat ends with a camp wide unique Ramah-style Havdalah.
Shabbat Experience: The Shabbat experience in camp focuses on a cultural approach to Jewish tradition and ritual, offering our campers opportunity for self-exploration and reflection, as well as participating in our full camp Shabbat ceremonies.
Shabbat Experience: Shabbat is a time to connect with your cabin and fellow campers in celebration of this special day. Through camper-led prayer services, a yummy dinner and one-of-a-kind Shira (singing) and Rikud (dancing) the Shabbat festivities kicks off on Friday and continue all day on Saturday with fun & engaging Shabbat activities in the fields, at the lake, and some special programming led by our Israeli counsellors.
Shabbat Experience: For Shabbat, all of our campers and staff dress up in white and blue. Our campers receive ‘Shabbatograms’ from their parents, fellow campers and their staff. The day is centered around the theme of gratitude: campers and staff use the day at camp to appreciate each other and their camp experience. We have a special Kabbalat Shabbat with a Shabbat story, songs and a ‘Show-bat’ with performances prepared by different groups. As many of our campers do not experience Shabbat at home, they look forward to this special day at camp.
Shabbat Experience: We have a pre-Shabbat sing-a-long, with some traditional Shabbat songs, and some English, feel good songs. Then we have a traditional Shabbat dinner, followed by Israeli dancing (dancing to some fun Israeli songs). Saturday morning we have an abridged Shabbat service (about 20-25 minutes). During the day, we have some Shabbat and Israel focused programming periods planned and run by our Shabbat Experience leader and our Israeli staff. Then, after dinner, we have Havdallah. All very campy - not overly religious and intended for everyone to feel included even if you have no prior knowledge coming into camp … goal is feel good community based.