Teenage Rebellion

Toby Klein

by Toby Klein for JUF News

"So who exactly is going to take you seriously," a neighbor laughs. "Don't underestimate us," I warned. "You'll soon see we're more than Jewish summer camp rejects..." Read More »

Making Mitzvot part of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Bar Mitzvah Guide

See TOV's Guide to Making Mitzvot Part of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Israel Experience

Israel Experience

Redeem your Jewish Federation Israel Experience Funds 
(including SKIP, Gift of Israel, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Certificates and Walk with Israel Vouchers)

Day Camps

Learn more about the value of Jewish camp on a special episode of Sanctuary! You can view the episode here.  For more information about Jewish day camps, contact us at

Camp Henry Horner (JCYS)
Overnight and day camps with a variety of activities, weekly field trips, B'nai mitzvah lessons, Shabbat services. Located in Ingleside, IL. Phone: 847-740-5010. For more information, visit the JCYS website.

Camp TOV
Take your summer from ordinary to extraordinary at Camp TOV! This social service "day camp on wheels" allows you to make a difference in Chicago in just one week. Feed the hungry, visit the elderly, help the environment and learn about the social service needs of Chicago, all while having fun, meeting new friends, developing leadership skills and earning community service hours for school. Become a Tikkun Olam Volunteer at Camp TOV! Phone: 312-444-2867. Visit our website.

Day and overnight camping experiences for children and young adults with disabilities. Located in Northbrook. Phone: 847-205-0274. Website:

Serves Jewish children, their families and community through programs emphasizing learning, recreation, personal growth, appreciation for Jewish values and culture, and leadership development. Family support, respite care and recreation programs for individuals with special needs and their families. Phone: 312-726-8891. Learn more at the website.

Junior Gan Israel Day Camp
For ages 2-6. Experienced early childhood educators. Phone: 847-677-1770. For more information, visit the website.

Lutz Family Center
A day camp in Lake Forest, serving Highland Park, Deerfield, Glencoe, Lake Forest, Wilmette, Skokie, East Glenview, Northfield, Winnetka, and Northbrook; 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-week sessions, grades K-8. Phone: 847-433-6001.

Pirchei and Bnos Day Camps
Orthodox, Camp Pirchei for boys and Camp Bnos for girls; grades K-8. For more information, call 773-478-7470 or 773-588-5078.

Ramah Day Camp
Operated by Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. A full range of activities, including sports, cookouts, swimming and the arts, integrates Jewish values and learning into 4-week and 8-week sessions for grades K-6. Located in Wheeling. Phone: 312-606-0444. Website: