When our daughters asked us if they could attend TY we had to pause. One of the dirty secrets of working in the Jewish communal world is that you don't make enough money to send your own kids to summer camp. Despite our professional and personal commitment to instilling Jewish values, education, and connection to our kids, the finances involved simply make summer camp unfeasible.
My wife is a graduate of summer camps and has often stated that her deep connection to Jewish life was forged in the bunks, canteens, and chadar ochels of her summer camp.
And we’ve both read the studies that show that one of the best ways to foster that love is through summer camps.
We are exactly the type of family that benefits from camp scholarships and over the last several years our kids have been awarded generous scholarships. The effects are plain to see. They both came back infused with a healthy dose of love for all things Jewish. They speak passionately about camp, Israel, shabbat, and the life-long connections they feel they’ve made at TY. Our older daughter is currently considering a gap year in Israel through Young Judaea and our younger one, deeply and happily entrenched in her non-Jewish social circles, came back transformed.
The gift of Tel Yehudah is not only a gift for our two children and our family but also one for the future of a connected Jewish people.
Thank you to all who continue to make this possible.
-A 2014 Tel Yehudah Parent
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