*K-12th Grade Summer Program
*Kindergarten: Families have options for rising kindergarteners. Camp Menorah is our school-age summer program, which is open to incoming kindergarteners. Our preschool, Tuvia, also offers a Kinder Camp. Please contact us to discuss which program would be the best fit for your family.
IM EIN ANI LI - MI LI?
Helping Ourselves and Others
IM EIN ANI LI - MI LI? - If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
U'CH'SHEANI L'ATSMI, MAH ANI? - And if I am only for myself, what am I?
These questions, first posed by Rabbi Hillel in the first century, continue to resonate today. It is an important Jewish value to help others, but it is equally important to take care of ourselves. This summer, our campers will incorporate wellness and social-emotional health activities while we also learn how to be of service to our community. We will look at role models throughout history, engage in service projects, and ultimately answer Rabbi Hillel's third question -
IM LO ACHSHAV, EIN MATAI? - If not now, then when?
In addition to our thematic programs, our camp days are full of fun - games, sports, adventure, arts and crafts, music, and more. Each two-week session includes water play, walking trips to Alta Vista and Wilderness Park, a beach day. AND a field trip. Campers spend time in their age-level groups as well as participate in all-camp programs. There's something new every week!
KEF (K-5TH GRADE)
Kef means FUN, and that’s the plan for summer! In addition to all of the exciting camp activities, each session includes water days, on-campus special events, field trips, beach and park days, messy play, and so much more!
MITZVAH (6-7TH GRADE)
A new opportunity at camp! This group will help plan and run camp programs for their group, as well as participate in leadership training and their own service projects on campus and at Wilderness Park – in addition to the water days, on-campus specials, and walking field trips.
CIT (8TH-12TH GRADE)
Campers are ready to take on leadership opportunities! Each session, our CITs will learn specific traits of effective leaders, gaining insight into the importance of these characteristics & skills., then put those skills into action as role models and leaders around camp. Community service credit is available.
June 20-August 11
Camp Menorah opens on June 20 for four two-week sessions! Sessions do sell out, so sign up early. In addition, while we do offer a three-day/week option, priority will be given to campers seeking to enroll for our full five-day/week option. If you enroll your camper(s) for our three-day/week and your camper's age group fills up with full-time campers, you will be given the option to upgrade to five days per week or switch to another session (if available). We also collect a one-time non-refundable registration fee for each camper.
Members in good standing of any South Bay-area synagogue qualify for the member price.
AM Care is available from 8:00 am and PM care from 3:15-6:00 pm. Spots are limited throughout the summer. To hold your spot, we recommend that you register in advance; we are unable to hold spots for week-by-week registration. Please also note that late pick-ups (after 3:15 pm for those not registered for Extended Day and after 6:00 pm for those registered for Extended Day) will be assessed a late fee of $20 per camper for any portion of an hour that the camper remains at camp.
FIELD TRIPS AND BEACH AND PARK DAYS
Each session will include a field trip to a different exciting location. Past favorites include Tanaka Farms, Adventure Playground, the California Science Center and more! Transportation is provided on buses with seat belts. Each session also includes a trip to the beach, which is a short walk downhill from our campus. On beach days, regular pickup will take place in a safe location close to the beach. Campers staying for aftercare will walk back to our campus. Our beach location is chosen for its proximity to a lifeguard tower and restrooms. Campers will be allowed to swim in designated areas only. Please send extra sun protection for beach days!
In addition, each group will also venture to our two local parks, Wilderness Park and Alta Vista. All staff are trained in field trip safety.
All staff members are required to complete a staff training program, including CPR & First Aid certification and COVID protocols. Counselors and CITs are chosen for their enthusiasm, experience, skills, Judaic knowledge and caring attitude. Many counselors and CITs were campers at Camp Menorah themselves! High schoolers are eligible for community service hours if desired.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Camp Menorah will adhere to all safety and health guidelines as set by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We will continue to employ frequent hand-washing and cleaning and sanitization of high-touch surfaces.
Hot Lunch program will be available soon!
If not purchasing lunch, campers must bring a nutritious lunch that does not need to be heated or refrigerated. Individually wrapped and/or portioned snacks will be provided. On off-campus days (beach and some park days) please pack lunch in disposable bags.
Please note that Camp Menorah is a peanut-free campus. Please do not pack any pork or shellfish.