Camp Shofar

CAMP SHOFAR 2016/5777

Dear Families,

Once again, we are pleased to offer our Camp Shofar program for the High Holy Days. Children up to fifth grade are encouraged to sign up for camp. Sixth and seventh graders have the opportunity to do a mitzvah and help out with the younger grades. Community Service Hours are available.

Camp Shofar will include prayer services for all ages, as well as a balance of educational and social components. Campers will be assigned to age-appropriate groups (siblings who are in different age groups will not be together) led by counselors, junior counselors, and teachers. Younger groups will also have sixth and seventh grade volunteers to help out. Campers aged 3 years and younger will be under the supervision of adults. All paid and volunteer staff will participate in mandatory safety training.

There are two goals for Camp Shofar. Our first is for children to develop a spiritual connection to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; our second is to give parents the peace of mind that their children are enjoying a meaningful High Holy Day experience in a safe, nurturing environment.

For those who are new to the program, please note that we follow the rules of what is permissible to do on a holiday. Our teachers and counselors work very hard to prepare learning activities that meet these guidelines and yet are fun and imaginative.

Registration postmarked on or before August 22, 2016, will qualify for a discounted registration fee. Fees increase after August 22, 2016. Children MUST be signed up and paid for by Sunday, September 25, 2016, to ensure that craft projects and supplies, name tags, and attendance sheets are labeled with their names as we are unable to do so during camp. No registration will be accepted after September 25. We cannot accept sign-ups on camp days, so please make sure we have your registration and payment before the High Holy Days.

CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to receive a refund for camp, you must cancel your reservation by Monday, September 26, 2016. Please call Beth Jacob at 650-366-8481 and leave a message. No refunds will be given for “no-shows.”

Your child will need to bring a dairy lunch and a non-perishable snack; snack will not be provided. We suggest making lunches the night before camp and, for Yom Kippur, before you begin your fast. The classrooms at Beth Jacob are a NO NUT zone. Please do not send peanut butter, other nut butters, or nuts in lunches and snacks. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Camp will be in session for Rosh Hashanah, October 3 and October 4, from 9:00 a.m. until the end of services (approximately 1:30 p.m.). Camp will be in session for Kol Nidre, October 11, from 6:30 p.m. until the end of services, and for Yom Kippur, October 12, from 9:00 a.m. until the end of morning services (approximately 1:45p.m.). Childcare will be available during Neilah service, October 12, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. by pre-registering only (fee $15).

PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILD TO CAMP EACH DAY WITH THE FOLLOWING:
• A dairy lunch and snack with drink (no nuts)
• Hat
• Water bottle
• Sunscreen
• Sneakers
• Change of clothes when appropriate

To register:

  1. Use the form below to register and pay online with PayPal.
  2. Submit emergency form. Must be printed, signed and turned in before the first day of camp.

Scholarships are available; please inquire with Gary Geller, Executive Director, in the CBJ Office.

We look forward to seeing you and your children and sharing the celebration of the High Holy Days with Congregation Beth Jacob!

Shanah Tovah!