Why Give to CYJ?

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CYJ was founded to provide a safe, nurturing space of Jewish learning and fun in the great outdoors. Whether you attended CYJ, or your children were campers, the lifelong friendships and connection to Israel and Jewish heritage, history and culture is undeniable.

Children today are less connected to the natural world than ever before. And sadly, many of them do not have the same anchors to Jewish institutions as children did in the past. CYJ provides an opportunity to bond with children from a rich variety of Jewish backgrounds and create stronger attachments to the Jewish community in a digital free environment.

Imagine life without CYJ, either for you or your children. Would there be the same connection to Jewish friends, heritage, history? Would there be the same appreciation and love for the simple life of camp and the great outdoors?

Marriages, business partnerships, lifelong friendships…they all began at Camp Young Judaea. CYJ isn’t just a camp, it’s a family!

But we now need you, a member of our family, to help continue the legacy of CYJ not just for this generation but generations to come. We want more and more families to be able to become part of the CYJ experience. We’re asking you to help us continue to do the amazing work of providing memorable experiences for Jewish children: our task is important and our dreams are big!

Your generous donation will fund scholarships and much-needed improvements to infrastructure and programming so we can make sure that CYJ will always be that place “deep in the hills” that we all remember with such clarity and fondness!



CYJ Scholarship Fund

More and more families, including alumni, simply can’t afford to send their children to CYJ--or limit their stays with us to two weeks or one session only, instead of a full summer of the CYJ experience. Many can’t even consider sending their children on our Gadna Israel Trip program because of the cost. For those that need financial assistance your donation will help assist families make a CYJ experience for their children a reality, defray some of the cost of the Gadna Israel trip for members of our camp family and help establish our “B’yachad” program, to enable more Israeli campers to come to CYJ.


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Building Fund

We completed an all new girl’s area with new bunks and modern amenities retaining the rustic quality that makes CYJ, CYJ. However, camp has more than 40 facilities, many of which date back to the 1940s. The boy’s area and dining hall, despite being built in 1993, need replacement. Other building projects we would like to undertake include construction of a new gym and arts & crafts facility the renovation of the Judaica cabin, tennis and playing fields among others.

If you are interested in a making a significant contribution and discuss naming opportunities, contact by emailing info@campyoungjudaea.com.


Camp Young Judaea is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  EIN# 02-0241080