Summer Camps

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

B'nai B'rith Beber Camp *

8833 Gross Point Road, Suite 312
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 677-7130
Fax: (847) 677-7132
Email: info@bebercamp.com
Web: http://www.bebercamp.com
Contact: Becky Altman, Director

Beber Camp is a co-ed, residential Jewish camp located in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, only 90 minutes northwest of Chicago. We offer two, four and eight week sessions, as well as a trial weekend for prospective campers. We have beautiful facilities, including a state of the art health center, air-conditioned dining hall and full kosher kitchen. Campers can choose from more than 80 activities, including waterskiing, sailing, sports, rock band, organic farming, arts and crafts and challenge course. We pride ourselves on our intimate size and professional staff-with only about 330 campers per session and a low camper-to-counselor ratio. Come and experience the magic of Beber Camp!

JCC Chicago Apachi Rogers Park *

Bernard Horwich JCC
3003 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 773-516-5883
Fax: (773) 761-8835
Email: wsinger@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.apachi.org
Contact: Wendy Singer, Director

Located at Bernard Horwich JCC, Apachi Rogers Park is a hidden gem in the community, providing campers with a one-of-a-kind exploration of Judaism and self. You may not see it from our front doors, but venture out back and you'll discover a gorgeous, park-like setting, for sunny camp days packed with all the fun and friends of Apachi. With swim lessons, theme days, field trips, cookouts, and sports, campers thrive in our Torah-enriched community while exploring new interest, gaining skills, and creating lifelong friendships. 4 years-8th grade + CIT.


Bnos Day Camp

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 279-8400
Fax: (773) 279-9571
Web: http://www.aicamps.com
Contact: Rabbi Daniel Myers

Eight-week camp for grades two through eight featuring baking, athletics, swimming, weekly trips, arts & crafts, entertainers and skill development.

Bnoseinu Day Camp

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 279-8400
Fax: (773) 279-9571
Web: http://www.aicamps.com
Contact: Rabbi Daniel Myers

Eight-week camp for grades nursery through two featuring baking, athletics, swimming, weekly trips, arts & crafts, entertainers and skill development.

Camp Agudah Midwest *

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 279-8400
Fax: (773) 279-9571
Contact: Rabbi Daniel Myers

Orthodox overnight camp located in South Haven, MI. Separate four-week sessions for boys and girls in grades four-11.

Camp Ben Frankel

1206 Touch of Nature Road
Makanda, IL 62958
Phone: 618-975-2416, 877-714-6103
Fax: 877-714-6103
Email: info@campbenfrankel.org
Web: http://www.campbenfrankel.org
Contact: Aaron Hadley

A coed, overnight, summer camp for Jewish children and teens located near Carbondale, IL. Since 1949, our campers have developed lifelong friendships and deep connections to Judaism and Israel. With enrollment limited to only 100 campers, children enjoy a small, personal community with lots of individual attention. Established as a program of the Jewish Federation of Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky, for almost 70 years Camp Ben Frankel has touched the lives of thousands of Jewish children. We are viewed by our families as a hidden gem - our campers receive the same great experience as at other camps at a lower cost.

Camp Bnos Ma'arava *

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 279-8400
Fax: (773) 279-9571
Web: http://www.aicamps.com
Contact: Rabbi Daniel Myers

Orthodox overnight camp located in Marshall, IN. Four-week session for girls in grades four-11.

Camp Firefly *

Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS Chicago)
Abe and Ida Cooper Center
6639 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 855-275-5237
Email: ask@jcfs.org
Web: www.jcfs.org/campfirefly
Contact: Elizabeth Robbin

As part of the JCFS family of services, Camp Firefly provides a supportive, welcoming community for children, teens and young adults who oftentimes have difficulty connecting with peers and navigating social situations. Everything in our program, including the best of summer fun and exceptional therapeutic group activities, is designed to support campers on the autism spectrum and with other social challenges.  Presented in partnership with JCC Chicago's Camp Chi

Camp Firefly (ages 9-14)

Firefly A: July 15-20, 2019 
Firefly B: July 21-26, 2019

Firefly Teen Camp (ages 14-16)

July 15-26, 2019 

Firefly Next Step (ages 17-18)

July 7-26, 2019 

Some Teen Camp alumni may be asked to apply for this leadership and vocational training program.

Camp Lee Mar

805 Redgate Road
Dresher, PA 19025
Phone: (215) 658-1708, (570) 685-7188
Fax: (215) 658-1710
Email: gtour400@aol.com
Web: http://www.leemar.com
Contact: Ari Segal

7-week private residential special-needs camp for ages 5-21 with mild to moderate learning and developmental challenges. Structured environment, individual attention, traditional camp activities i.e.. academics, speech and language therapy, music and art

Camp Moshava of Wild Rose, WI *

3740 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 674-9733 x7
Fax: (847) 750-0222
Email: moshava@moshavawildrose.org
Web: http://www.moshavawildrose.org
Contact: Dikla Weitzner, Director

Four-week sessions for campers entering grades four-12; Eight-week option for high school campers. Shomer Shabbat and Glatt kosher.

Camp Nageela Midwest *

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 604-4400
Fax: (773) 604-4405
Email: info@campnageelamidwest.org
Web: http://www.campnageelamidwest.org
Contact: Nosson Factor

ACA accredited camp for children of all Jewish backgrounds in grades three-10. Located in Marshall, IN. Three-week boys session and three-week girls session. Kosher meals, Shabbat observed.

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin *

65 E. Wacker Place
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 606-9316 x221
Fax: (312) 606-7136
Email: registrar@ramahwisconsin.com
Web: http://www.ramahwisconsin.com
Contact: Jacob Cytryn, Executive Director

A full range of fun activities integrate Jewish values and observances into the daily camp experience. Activities include sports, swimming, high and low ropes courses, climbing wall, archery, sailing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, cooking, music, dance, nature, photography, radio, arts and drama. Meals are kosher, and Shabbat is observed. The camp is located 15 miles north of Eagle River, WI, on beautiful Lake Buckatabon. Sessions include two Ruach Ramah five-day sessions for entering third-graders, two-week sessions for entering fourth-graders, four-week sessions for entering fifth- and sixth-graders, and an eight-week session for entering seventh- to 11th-graders. Scholarships available.

Camp TOV *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5034
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2867
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: tovteen@juf.org
Web: http://www.juf.org/teens/camp_tov.aspx
Contact: Genna Kahn

Week-long, interactive service-oriented summer program on wheels focusing on poverty, hunger, homelessness, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly, and leadership skills. Camp, which can serve as a bar/bat mitzvah service project, is for seventh- through 10th-graders from throughout Chicago and its suburbs.

Camp Young Judaea Midwest *

60 Revere Drive
Suite 800
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224) 235-4665
Fax: (847) 789-7197
Email: info@cyjmid.org
Web: http://www.cyjmid.org
Contact: Robin Anderson, Director

Co-ed overnight summer camp for campers from all over the country in grades two through nine. Full range of activities including waterskiing, tubing, biking, arts & crafts, digital media, ropes course, makers space, and more. Our pluralistic approach allows for campers and staff to learn, grow, and play together to make informed choices about their connections to Judaism and Israel. We focus on an individualized approach while teaching campers to work in a group setting that fosters mutual respect, friendship, leadership, and development. Session lengths range from six days to 28 days. Counselor in training program offered for entering 12th graders. Kosher meals, Shabbat observant. Tuition assistance is available.

 

Chai Lifeline Midwest/Chai Lifeline Midwest Camp Simcha/Simcha Special *

6600 N. Lincoln Ave.
Suite 300
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: (847) 763-1818, (888) 763-1819
Fax: (847) 763-1820
Email: midwest@chailifeline.org
Web: http://www.chailifeline.org

Provides free and year-round support services to families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Kosher, medically supervised overnight camps for seriously ill children and teens.

Chavayah Overnight Camp for Girls in Lake Delton, WI *

JCC Chicago
P.O. Box 104
Lake Delton, WI 53940
Phone: (847) 763-3605
Fax: (847) 763-3680
Email: wsinger@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.chavayahcamp.org
Contact: Wendy Singer, Chavayah Camp Director

At JCC Chicago's Chavayah Overnight Camp, Orthodox girls (5th-11th grades) from across the United States come together to create lifelong friendships and memories in a Torah-rich environment. A summer at Chavayah is filled with non-stop laughter, incredible spirit, thoughtful learning and unimaginable fun. Located at the Perlstein Retreat Center in Lake Delton, WI. Day camp/overnight camp combinations offered through Apachi Rogers Park at the Bernard Horwich JCC.

 

Foundation for Jewish Camp

253 W. 35th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (646) 278-4500
Email: info@jewishcamp.org
Web: http://www.jewishcamp.org

Unifies and galvanizes the field of Jewish overnight camp and significantly increases the number of children participating in transformative summers at Jewish camp, assuring a vibrant North American Jewish community.

Gan Israel Day Camps

Gan Israel 8-day Overnight
2833 W. Howard Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (847) 345-6406
Web: http://www.ganisraelchicago.com
Contact: Rabbi Schneur Scheiman and Mrs. Ester Scheiman, Co-Directors

Habonim Dror Camp Tavor

59884 Arthur L. Jones Road
Three Rivers, MI 49093
Phone: 269-215-1399
Email: info@camptavor.org
Web: www.camptavor.org

Non-denominational Jewish overnight camp experience. Offers programs for boys and girls entering grades 3–12. Session lengths range from five days to seven weeks. Camp Tavor's community is nurturing and inclusive. Activities are individualized and aim to build self-confidence. Serves kosher meals, and much of the food grown is from the camp organic farm. New campers may be eligible for up to $1,000 off camp tuition.

JCC Chicago Apachi Hyde Park *

5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 847-763-3504
Fax: (773) 753-3085
Email: adenes-meador@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.apachi.org/hydepark
Contact: Anita Denes-Meador

Just steps from Lake Michigan's shimmering shoreline, Apachi Hyde Park at Hyde Park JCC, is an urban oasis. With endless sand and water play, air-conditioned indoor spaces, neighborhood pools, sports fields, a full-size gymnasium, green spaces and more, Apachi Hyde Park has it all! Campers enjoy arts and crafts, drama and improv, music, sports, martial arts and more. Weekly field trips to the beach makes Apachi Hyde Park THE place to be for so much summer fun. 3 years-4th grade.

JCC Chicago 'Z' Frank Apach Day Camp *

3050 Woodridge Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-7050
Fax: (847) 272-5357
Email: tblenner@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.apachi.org/zfa
Contact: Terri Blenner, Camp Director

"Z" Frank Apachi J Camp is located on our beautiful 10-acre campus in Northbrook. With large green spaces, manicured athletic fields, shaded areas and shelters, it's the ideal place for kids who love to play, create and explore. Our camp features air-conditioned spaces, two large heated outdoor pools, an outdoor cooking classroom, arts and crafts studio, adventure tree, boating, tennis court, a climbing wall and more. Campers can try everything from sports, arts and crafts and gaga, to clowning, cooking, drama, yoga and rock climbing. Music is always in the air, theme days are legendary, and our Shabbat celebrations foster a true sense of community and connection. 4 years-7th grade + CIT.

JCC Chicago Apachi Old Town *

Walter Payton College Prep
1034 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 847-763-3504
Fax: (773) 871-0224
Email: adenes-meador@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.apachi.org/oldtown
Contact: Anita Denes-Meador

Here, campers build confidence on the high ropes, climbing wall and obstacle courses. They create solutions using art and construction in the design & tinkering lab, and practice skills, playing and competing in an extensive array of team and individual sports.  And, of course, each week is filled with endless moments of Apachi magic-theme days, Shabbat celebrations, guest entertainers and more. K-7th grade.

 

 

JCC Chicago Apachi Northside Day Camp *

Northside College Prep
5501 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: (847) 763-3504
Email: bmiller@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.apachi.org/northside
Contact: Beth Miller, Camp Director

Apachi Northside encourages campers to celebrate what makes them truly special. Through sports, art, swimming, science and theater, campers discover new ways to express themselves, create friendships and try new things. As campers get older, our program grows with them providing more opportunities for choice and leadership development. Each week is highlighted by special theme days and exciting guest entertainers, which enhance opportunities for community building and indescribable fun. 4 years-7th grade + CIT.

JCC Chicago Apachi Village Day Camp Northbrook *

Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-763-3504
Fax: (224) 406-9272
Email: akaufman@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.apachi.org/apachi-village-northbrook
Contact: Andi Kaufman

Apachi Village J Camp is big on fun in a nurturing environment where emerging independence is fostered in our youngest campers. Our focus is solely on 3, 4 and 5-year olds and campers are placed in small groups with caring, nurturing counselors. Everything is sized just right for your little one with all age-appropriate activities taking place, and learning to swim is a top priority.

JCC Chicago Camp Chi *

Business Office
23280 N. Old McHenry Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Phone: 847-763-3551
Fax: 847-763-3680
Email: info@campchi.com
Web: www.campchi.com
Contact: Brad Finkel, Director, Camp Chi/Regional Vice President, South Central WI

An enriching, Jewish, overnight camp experience for kids in 3rd-11th grades. JCC Chicago's Camp Chi has been the summer home away from home for generations of campers. Located on 600 wooded acres on a private lake in Lake Delton, WI, the camp features two heated pools, waterfront activities, air-conditioned gym, equestrian center, high ropes challenge courses, zipline, climbing wall, arts center, lighted sports fields and more! Teen leadership and adventure trip programs available. Accredited by the American Camp Association and recognized as the #1 overnight camp in the Midwest. Summer Address: P.O. Box 104, Lake Delton, WI 53940.

JCC Chicago J Camps *

300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 224-406-9242
Email: jcamp@jccchicago.org
Web: www.jccchicago.org/daycamp

Offers kids the chance to try new activities, have fun, and make new friends in a Jewish camp community. All camps feature carefully selected and skilled staff, and traditional activities and specialties. Day camp programs for children age 3 years through 10th grade at nine Chicagoland camp locations. Day camp programs also offer before and after camp care.

JCC Chicago Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp *

23280 N. Old McHenry Road, near Route 22
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Phone: (847) 726-0800
Fax: (847) 719-7359
Email: jsmith@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.apachi.org/efa
Contact: Jamee Smith, Director

Nestled within 37 beautiful acres on the Lake County Jewish Community Campus, Elaine Frank Apachi J Camp features sprawling green sports fields, natural wetlands, winding nature trails, two heated outdoor pools, a climbing wall, zipline, ropes course, athletic courts, air-conditioned buildings and more. Our campers also get to take advantage of the amazing and unique Garoon Gateway to Science, an outdoor S.T.E.A.M. museum with 52 engaging, hands-on exhibits to explore. 3 years-7th grade + CIT.

 


JCYS Big City Day Camp

957 W. Grace Street
Chicago, IL 60035
Email: jlosek@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org/bcdc
Contact: Jean Losek

Campers have fun exploring the city of Chicago at Big City Day Camp! With weekly field trips that offer unique behind-the-scenes experiences, this urban day camp also offers a diverse array of activities with professional sport coaches, artists, musicians and yoga instructors. Swim lessons are provided by Red Cross-certified instructors and campers also enjoy Chicago beaches and waterparks. College-aged counselors sprinkle in singing, cooperative games, dancing and arts and crafts, and each Friday is made special with the Jewish tradition of Shabbat.

JCYS Camp Star

Email: kkent@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org/campstar
Contact: Kristine Kent

Joint effort by the Hyperactivity, Attention, and Learning Problems Clinic (HALP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Jewish Council for Youth Services. Camp STAR blends typical summer camp activities with specialized programming and care for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and related disorders.

JCYS Horner Grove Summer Day Camp

1700 Weiland Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 279-0900
Email: nrobin@jcys.org
Web: www.jcys.org/buffalogrove
Contact: Nicole Robin

With programs tailored for children 6 weeks to 6 years old, enjoy a "big" day camp experience in a safe and comfortable setting located close to home. JCYS Horner Grove Summer Day Camp offers a program complete with themes and activities developmentally geared toward each of our camp units: Lil' Pioneers, Lil' Beginners, Lil' Explorers and Trailblazers. Families may choose from two- to five-day weeks, and half- and full-day options for your family's unique schedule.

JCYS Jon Vegosen Champ Camp

1195 Half Day Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Email: micky.baer@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org/champcamp
Contact: Micky Baer

Five-week afternoon summer program for children entering first through sixth grade. While Champ Camp is designed to accommodate a morning summer school schedule, this camp is open to any kid looking for afternoons full of adventures, new friends, and fun in the sun!

JCYS Sunflower Day Camp - Highland Park

800 Clavey Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-6001
Email: ivoigt@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org/highlandpark
Contact: Ileane Voigt

With age-appropriate programs for children ages 12 months to 5 years, the fun and flexible options of JCYS Sunflower Day Camp are tailored to fit each family. From Parent-Tot & Transition Camp and Tot Camp to Preschool Camp and Kindergarten Adventure Camp, JCYS Sunflower Day Camps grows with your camper. At JCYS Sunflower Day Camp, you will find: Early Childhood Education teachers, youthful counselors and CITs, indoor and outdoor facilities, and fun in the sun with petting farms, special theme days, field trips, arts and crafts, sports and active play, water and sand play, swimming, and Shabbat on Friday.

Junior Gan Israel Day Camp

4059 Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 677-1770
Fax: (847) 673-3487
Email: info@juniorganisrael.org
Web: http://www.juniorganisrael.org
Contact: Zeesy Posner

Full service day camp for ages 2-6. Exciting activities include swimming at Oakton Water Playground, sports, and gymnastics with Stretch-n-Grow, music, art, variety of special events, and age-appropriate field trips. Professional educators nurture and stimulate our campers. Jewish content presented via fun activities. Many options to choose from: full day or half day, two, three or five days per week. Catered lunches provided. Optional to and from camp transportation available. Camp is Keshet affiliated. Scholarships available. Tots Club for ages 6 months and up.

 

Keshet Inclusive Camps *

3210 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-205-0274
Email: jphillips@keshet.org
Web: http://www.keshet.org/camps/
Contact: Jennifer Phillips, Chief Program Officer

JCC Chicago Apachi Day Camps, Ramah Day Camp, JCC Camp Chi Chavayah Camp for Girls, Camp Nageela Midwest

JCC Chicago Apachi Skokie-Evanston *

St. Joan of Arc School
9248 N. Lawndale
Evanston, IL 60203
Phone: 773-516-5883
Fax: (847) 675-4910
Email: wsinger@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.apachi.org/skokie-evanston
Contact: Wendy Singer

Beginning in Summer 2019, Apachi Skokie/Evanston will relocate to St. Joan of Arc School, at 9248 N. Lawndale in Evanston. Apachi Skokie/Evanston will be the same beloved camp generations of children have known and loved with endless fun and activities including sports, performing arts, fine arts, teambuilding and more. Our new location features, air-conditioned classroom space for activities and exploration, a large gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, a stage and an outdoor playground, plus open green fields and plenty of shaded areas for outdoor play. 3 years-8th grade + CIT.

 

Mini-Camp TOV *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5034
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 444-2867
Fax: (312) 444-2086
Email: tovteen@juf.org
Web: https://www.juf.org/teens/TOV_MiniCamp.aspx
Contact: Genna Kahn

Mini-Camp TOV is the same great experience as Camp TOV, in a smaller package! Take part in a jam-packed two-day session of hands-on volunteering, taking place in early June after school ends and before overnight camp begins. To participate in Mini-Camp TOV, you must be a Jewish teen from the Chicago area entering grades seven through 12.

Nathan & Shirley Rothner ATT Summer Program *

Associated Talmud Torahs
3531 Madison Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (773) 973-2828
Fax: (773) 973-6666
Web: http://www.att.org
Contact: Susan Feuer, Shelley Stopek

Day camp in Orthodox setting for grades 1–7.

Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute URJ (OSRUI) *

1121 Lake Cook Road, Suite D
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 509-0990 x1
Fax: (847) 509-0970
Email: osrui@urj.org
Web: http://www.osrui.org
Contact: Denise Heimlich

OSRUI is the Reform movement camp in Wisconsin, offering a unique environment for campers in grades two-12. They combine creative and innovative Jewish experiences with all the fun of summer camp – swimming, sports, drama, dance, archery, boating, horseback riding, visual arts, campfires, photography, waterskiing, high- and low-ropes, biking, camping trips, caring counselors and lifelong friendships.

One Happy Camper *

Foundation for Jewish Camp
Jewish United Fund
Phone: (312) 357-4995
Email: rachelwhite@juf.org
Web: http://www.onehappycamper.org
Contact: Rachel White

The Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago offer opportunities to make sure that every child has access to an unforgettable Jewish summer experience. One Happy Camper offers incentive grants of up to $1,000 for children attending nonprofit, Jewish overnight camp for the first time for 19 days or longer.

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Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 279-8400
Fax: (773) 279-9571
Web: http://www.aicamps.com
Contact: Rabbi Yitzchok Ehrman

Eight-week camp for grades three to eight featuring daily learning, athletics, swimming, weekly trips, arts & crafts, entertainers and skill development.

Pirchei Day Camp

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 279-8400
Fax: (773) 279-9571
Web: http://www.aicamps.com
Contact: Rabbi Yitzchok Ehrman

Eight-week camp for grades nursery through two featuring daily learning, athletics, swimming, weekly trips, arts & crafts, entertainers and skill development.

Ramah Day Camp *

Operated by Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
65 E. Wacker Place
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 606-9316
Fax: (312) 606-7136
Email: info@ramahday.com
Web: http://www.ramahday.com
Contact: Lori Stark

Offers a fun, enriching and nurturing summer experience in a Jewish context. Campers enjoy swimming, arts & crafts, nature, drama, music, cookouts, sports, field trips and more! Small groups and a mature professional staff provide a warm and welcoming environment in which Judaism and Hebrew are seamlessly blended with daily activities. Children entering grades kindergarten through six can enroll for a full eight-week session or one of two four-week sessions. Transportation from Lakeview and suburban areas is provided and included in fees. Scholarships available.

Camp location:
98 W. Hintz Road
Wheeling, IL 60090

SPARK – Teen Camp

Agudath Israel of Illinois
3542 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 279-8400
Fax: (773) 279-9571
Web: http://www.aicamps.com
Contact: Rabbi Yitzchok Ehrman

Four-week overnight camp located in Marshall, IN. Open to girls completing 10th and 11th grade. Additional limited staff support positions available for girls completing 12th grade, at a discounted price.

Tikvah Program *

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 606-9316
Fax: (312) 606-7136
Email: registrar@ramahwisconsin.com
Web: http://www.ramahwisconsin.com
Contact: Jacob Cytryn, Executive Director

Tikvah is a division of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin developed in 1973 to provide inclusion opportunities for children with learning, social and communication difficulties, including those who are higher functioning on the Autistic Spectrum. Tikvah provides all the opportunities of the Ramah experience with additional staffing and support. Through individualized programming, supported by highly-skilled staff, teens in the Tikvah program develop friendships, have fun and learn in formal and informal Jewish settings. Tikvah offers a full 8-week session for teenage campers, a 4-week "Taste of Tikvah" option for first-time younger campers, as well as the Tikvah Vocational Program for qualified high school graduates.

 

Yeshivas Hakayitz Summer Camp *

Hebrew Theological College
7135 N. Carpenter Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 982-2500, (847) 323-0203
Fax: (847) 674-6381
Email: yhk@htc.edu
Web: http://www.yhk.htc.edu
Contact: Rabbi Yosef Polstein

An alternative residential camping experience located on the suburban campus of Hebrew Theological College in Skokie. Open to boys grade 6th through 11th. The 200 campers and staff represent 50 communities worldwide. This offers a world-class and very unique experience for boys who are eager to have fun, play sports, make friends, and who have lots of ruach. Mornings are dedicated to Torah study with instruction conducted on several levels regardless of background. Afternoons are league sports and bunk activities. Evenings are trips to best of Chicago's attractions. The four-week camp runs the month of July. Scholarships are available.


What's New in the Guide

JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center

JCYS Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center offers early childhood education programs for children age 15 months through 5 years. JCYS Early Childhood Education lays a foundation for intellectual, social, emotional and physical development through play-based curriculum. In each classroom, children freely choose from different learning centers throughout the day, helping to build confidence and develop their social and problem-solving skills. Group time for stories, singing, language development, science, cooking activities, and games add structure to each day.

Dr. Chaim Cember Shaarei Chinuch Day School

At Shaarei Chinuch, we integrate Judaism with the Montessori method, to give each child a comprehensive hands-on learning experience catered to his/her unique talents. Our mission is to help each of our students to reach their full potential, while instilling an excitement for learning that lasts a lifetime. 

Illinois Center for Jewish Studies

The mission of the Illinois Center for Jewish Studies (ICJS) is to provide every Jew, regardless of background, affiliation, or religious observance, the opportunity to be inspired by and connected to Torah and Judaism. We believe that people learn and develop differently, and that Torah study should be unique to every person's individual journey. ICJS seeks to provide a personalized learning experience to nurture mind and soul in both individual and group settings. The Illinois Center for Jewish Studies hosts weekly educational classes for men and women in bible studies, Jewish philosophy, and special topics. The organization also provides individual one-on-one learning sessions for men to advance their bible knowledge and ability to improve personally. In addition to formal group/individual classes, the organization has seasonal social gatherings in an effort to promote Jewish education, as well as an annual benefit dinner to raise funds for its operations.

 

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