Summer 2018 Roundup

Hannah Weilbacher

Looking for a way for you or a loved one to spend Summer 2018 immersed in Jewish social justice? Here are some amazing opportunities:

Habonim Dror North America: Camps and Programs

Camps: Habonim Dror North America, the Progressive Labor Zionist Youth movement, runs 6 summer camps across North America, integrating values-based education about Judaism, Socialism, & Social Justice into a fun, loving, camp experience. Our camps offer programs for kids entering 3rd-10th grade. Each camp also offers a leadership development program called "Madatz" for teens entering into the 12th grade in the fall. See specific camp dates and registration information with the links below:

Camp Galil-Pennsylvania

Camp Moshava-Maryland

Camp Tavor-Michigan

Camp Gilboa-California

Camp Miriam-British Columbia

Camp Gesher-Ontario


Kadima: Kadima is a 3 week program for rising 11th graders, which offers participants an opportunity to meet their national shichvah (age group) and explore the Midwest! The educational focus of Kadima is on Judaism and social justice. Participants will be exploring local issues and organizations through a Jewish lens while also participating in service learning projects and educational seminars. Additionally, Kadima participants will be exploring the Midwestern region through hiking trips and fun outings that focus on bonding as a collective.


Habonim Dror and Hashomer Hatzair Birthright: Exploring Israel as a Shared Society: Habonim-Hashomer Birthright is a 10-day program in Israel for individuals aged 18-25. Explore your connection to Israel as a shared society and engage with peers working towards a more just, equal, and democratic Israeli society. There are less than 10 spots left for our summer trip, happening May 30-June 10.


JCUA: Or Tzedek

July 25 - August 5, 2018

Or Tzedek is JCUA's teen institute for social justice. Bringing together teens from across Chicagoland and beyond, Or Tzedek takes the value of tikkun olam and dives deep. Participants will come away with an in depth understanding of Chicago's local issues, concrete tools to organize their communities for social change, and a closer relationship to Judaism in the real world. Teens live together and explore Chicago, take action on issues with local leaders and organizations, and engage in spiritual learning and Shabbat practice around justice. Or Tzedek is open to incoming and current high school students. Check out our past teen and parent testimonials.

Cost: $1600, full and partial scholarship available. Register today!


Reconstructing Judaism: Camps

Camp Havaya is all about the joy of summer camp with the freedom to be who you truly are. We’re a lively, welcoming, and diverse community where kids explore Judaism in their own ways and become the best versions of themselves. We have two, three, and four week sessions, plus a five-day Family Camp, on our 120-acre site in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.


Havaya Arts is a joyful, welcoming, and progressive Jewish community where campers grow as intentional artists and amazing human beings. Located in Southern California, we’re a place where vibrant Jewish communal life enhances our art, which in turn enhances Jewish life and identity. It’s where campers become the best versions of themselves.


Eligible first time campers can receive up to $1,000 off from One Happy Camper … and we’ll cover your airfare!


Each of our camps is a truly extraordinary place—your kid will feel part of something bigger than themselves, and they’ll want to experience that magic year after year. Please feel free to let us know what questions you might have; you can reach us at [email protected] or [email protected]. We look forward to being in touch and to welcoming your family into our Reconstructionist camp community this summer!


Urban Adamah: Summer Camp

At Camp Urban Adamah, we offer campers a taste of organic farm life through fun and dynamic hands-on programs at our urban farm. Our camp sessions are inspired by children’s natural curiosity and innate connectedness to the earth. Whether they are planting, harvesting, building mud forts or preparing farm-to-table meals, campers explore the wonders of the natural world right here in the city.


Camp Urban Adamah draws inspiration from Jewish wisdom and tradition. In a vibrant and progressive atmosphere, campers learn about Judaism’s deep relationship to farming, food and environmental stewardship, and how to apply ancient Jewish values in our world today.


Union for Reform Judaism: Mitzvah Corps

Mitzvah Corps is a network of summer social justice experiences for high school students, giving teens the opportunity to travel the world, build meaningful relationships with one another and their global peers, understand the complexities and challenges facing various communities, take action on issues they care about, and embrace the ways that Judaism empowers them to enact real change.

A Different Approach to Volunteering

Our programs go beyond a traditional volunteer or service trip, working alongside innovative partners in communities around the world to play a role in existing change mechanisms, support local economies, and engage in social justice efforts that are sustainable, positive, and sensitive to the unique needs of different cultures. Supplemented by a curriculum designed to address the real issues of privilege, power dynamics, and inherent challenges in volunteer travel, Mitzvah Corps experiences offer teens the chance to engage in dynamic conversations, learn how to ask the right questions, and understand the process and methodology behind the projects we support.

Diverse Range of Program Offerings

Mitzvah Corps offers a diverse menu of short-term summer programs for rising 10th graders through college freshmen. Each trip varies in location, price, date, and social justice issue focus. In the summer of 2018, we still have space on the following trips:

  • Mitzvah Corps American South (July 10-22), based in New Orleans, focused on Civil Liberties, Racial Justice, and Disaster Relief
  • Mitzvah Corps Pacific Northwest (July 25-August 8), based in Seattle, focused on Immigration Reform and Refugee Resettlement
  • Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey (July 1-29), based in New Brunswick, NJ, focused on Community Empowerment

Register online at today!
Our Mitzvah Corps staff team gladly welcomes questions, and values honest and open communication before, during, and after each program. Please don't hesitate to contact our office at 212-650-4071 or [email protected], and we look forward to connecting!