Camp Givah is where individual levels of observance create a joyful Jewish community. Each morning begins with shacharit (the morning service), where the focus is on making prayer relevant and meaningful for our campers. Each day, we provide campers with many opportunities to learn and experience Jewish rituals, such as wearing a Kippah (yarmulke), reciting Birkat HaMazon (grace after meals), and participating in Limmud (classes).
Just as we are committed to the ritual elements of Judaism, we are also committed to instilling Jewish values and ideals in our campers. Camp activities and events emphasize treating each other with dignity, respecting the environment, and being responsible members of the Jewish community.
Finally, it is our belief that American Jewish young people need to be connected to the modern State of Israel. Love and respect for Israel's people, language, culture, food, music, and dance underlies much of our programming.
Come up to camp for our weekly Oneg Shabbat! Each Friday, The
Givah band starts playing music at 2:00 as we all get seated by 2:15.
Sing along to oldies but goodies including Minyan Man and Foreigner as well as songs that are new to our repertoire. Each week, a different group "hosts" Oneg by leading Shabbat prayers, delivering a Dvar Torah, singing a Hebrew song and performing an Israeli dance. Parents and community members are invited to join us for this special event.
The ruach (spirit) of Camp Givah forms the basis of much of the learning that happens over the course of the summer. Campers come home singing contemporary Israeli songs and traditional prayers. They talk about Parashat HaShavuah (the Torah portion of the week) and sing and dance to Hebrew/Israeli music. They may even get up and show off the latest dance they learned at Oneg.