Jewish Federation of Charleston Awards Camp Judaea Scholarship Grant to Charleston Chapter of Hadassah
An update from the Charleston Chapter of Hadassah
In their support of strengthening the Jewish community in Charleston, Israel, and around the world, the Charleston Jewish Federation has once again made a generous grant to Hadassah from the 2016 Annual Community Campaign.
We’ve written about Hadassah’s Camp Judaea before. Many of you have been campers and/or the parents/grandparents of campers. Yes – Camp Judaea has a long and wonderful legacy of providing a unique environment for children. Located in Hendersonville, NC, Camp Judaea serves rising 2nd graders through rising 10th graders.
Here are the words of Julie Malka, mother of 8-year-old twins Joseph and Rory who attended Camp Judaea’s 2016 session…
“First of all, Camp Judea would not have been possible without the generous scholarship, so it is an enormous Tzedakah bestowed upon us. We are most grateful. The boys are still singing chants they learned and are still talking about their "firsts." Joseph is quite proud that he was the first to control his horse, Falafel, via the reigns. Rory was the first member of Rishonim, the youngest group, to reach the top of the climbing wall. Camp accelerated their sense of responsibility to the group. Rory returned more in tuned to others' comfort and better able to look out for himself. Thank you CJ for meeting this need in our family!
Rory and Joseph had fun being Jewish and being immersed with Israelis and learning more about our heritage. As students in the public school system in Charleston, they need all of the exposure to Jewish and Israeli culture they can get. At Camp Judea, they had their own Jewish experiences with their new Jewish friends, outside of home and synagogue. Judaism should be fun, beautiful and memorable, and at camp it was. (We are planning on visiting some of their Miami friends this Channuka).
In preparation for camp, and because we all wanted the very experience my 8-year-old twins were about to have, my family converged upon Hendersonville to have a mini-family reunion of my brothers, parents and boys. We enjoyed three wonderful days at a cabin on Lake Lure before touring CJ for a few hours with the Camp Director. In the time touring camp, you could feel the love from the counselors and administrators. I left feeling that Camp Judea was second only to Israel.”
The scholarship grants will be made by Camp Judaea for Charleston-area children. Please contact Camp Judaea at www.campjudaea.org for more information. Scholarship deadlines tend to come early, so read about the camp and contact them for more information on dates, fees, etc.
Through local and national partnerships, the Charleston Jewish Federation is committed to making Jewish overnight camp accessible to everyone. Stay tuned for more information on additional scholarships available for 2017 or contact RebeccaL@JewishCharleston.org for more information.