Camps Airy and Louise strive to create a meaningful, supportive Jewish community by encouraging our campers to share their own beliefs and practices, explore life’s questions, learn from and listen to one another. Through Shabbat celebration, Israel programming, acts of social justice, and opportunities for personal growth, our campers learn and explore what Judaism means to them. We are proud to create an inclusive Jewish community that brings together campers and staff with a wide range of practice, knowledge and family make-up.
BAR MITZVAH- If your camper is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah after camp and will need to practice, sign up on Drop-off Day for private lessons. Your camper will be paired with a knowledgeable staff member who will listen to your camper and make small corrections at an arranged time once a week.
Our community is motivated by the following Jewish ideals:
The celebration of Shabbat is important to individuals and to the camp community as a whole. Shabbat offers an opportunity to slow down, to reflect on the prior week, and to properly prepare for the week ahead. Our Shabbat celebration is enhanced by the spirit of our community as we gather together in nature to celebrate the start of Shabbat on Friday night with music, prayer and reflection. Shabbat continues on Saturday with a pluralistic observance followed by Oneg Shabbat, special afternoon programming, and concludes with a Havdalah service.
K’LAL YISRAEL – Jewish Peoplehood
We are connected to all Jews across time and space with a familial bond based on shared heritage, history, language, rituals, and culture. Based on this connection, we have a responsibility to care for one another. Here at Airy and Louise we live this value by bringing together staff from around the globe, exposing our campers to different practices and beliefs, and intentionally building a diverse community based on mutual respect and understanding.
TIKKUN OLAM – Repairing our World
Judaism, through its imperative of working to heal the world, offers specific and relevant solutions to modern social and economic issues. As a Jewish camp community, we strive to inspire each person to make the world a better place. Individual actions around camp, from picking up litter to befriending a new camper are recognized as part of the larger whole. The community participates together in Tikkun Olam service initiatives that instill a sense of purpose extending beyond our gates.
TIKKUN MIDOT - Repairing Our Personal Ethics
Teaching appropriate behavior and values is an important part of developing the Jewish value of Tikkun Midot. At Camps Airy and Louise, we strive to identify these values and apply them to our daily lives. We are committed to providing a healthy, safe camp environment where relationships are characterized by dignity, respect, and fair treatment.
RUACH V'KAVANNAH - Spirituality
The exploration of belief, prayer, and life's questions (big and small) is a central part of Jewish life. We realize that personal spirituality evolves throughout a person’s lifetime. At Airy and Louise, we strive to give our community opportunities to explore and feel comfortable discussing their personal views and beliefs.