Russian Jewish children eligible for Camp Chi scholarships

Russian Jewish children from 4th-11th grade with at least one Jewish parent born in the former Soviet Union, can now receive scholarships to attend JCC Camp Chi, the Midwest Jewish overnight camp, thanks to a grant from Foundation for Jewish Campwith generous support from the Genesis Philanthropy Group. The grant’s purpose is to engage new campers and staff from Russian-speaking families in the summer of a lifetime at JCC Camp Chi. Campers gain increased self-confidence, pride in Jewish heritage, and life-long friendships. .  

JCC Camp Chi’s overnight program features an opportunity for youth to explore and develop new skills and enjoy unparalleled activities, in a safe, nurturing environment. Russian-speaking staff will receive training and ongoing support to create enhanced relationships with new Russian campers and help for a smooth transition into an overnight experience.

“I think the Russian Jewish community will find their kids can have a lot of fun trying new activities, gaining experience in being independent, and living in a culturally Jewish setting,” said Polina Reisman, a Russian mother whose son attended camp. “My son wants to return each year.”

Svetlana Bayer, the mother of another Russian camper added, “For us, it’s important to send our child to a Jewish camp where he can learn Jewish values and traditions. My son had a great summer!”

For more than 90 years, JCC Camp Chi has been welcoming overnight campers, ages 9-16, on its 600 acres of pristine woods and waterfront property in Lake Delton, Wisc.  Campers choose from more than 50 specialty options, with high-quality instruction from trained instructors in diverse programs such as water skiing, tennis, horseback riding, photography, video, drama, pottery, dance and much more. A staff-camper ratio of 1:3 ensures personalized attention among gender and age-specific village groups. Healthy, hot meals are provided, and attention is given to those with special dietary needs.  Campers enroll in two, three or four-week sessions.

“For over 20 years, we have had a great community of campers from Russian-speaking families. We’re very excited about the incredible opportunity to engage many new campers and staff from Russian-speaking families,” said Ron Levin, Director of JCC Camp Chi. “When we create a welcoming, nurturing environment for children from diverse backgrounds, it makes the Camp Chi experience that much more special.”

Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come basis. Spaces are limited, so families are urged to apply immediately. To learn more or apply, contact Ron Levin, Director of Camp Chi at 847-763-3555 or 

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