One Happy Camper Grants

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:32am

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

TJF is pleased to report that we have awarded 17 One Happy Camper Grants, in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, for first time campers to attend Jewish overnight camps this summer. Grants were made for campers attending eight different camps across all Jewish denominations. Encouraging and enabling Jewish children to attend Jewish camps is a powerful investment in ensuring Jewish continuity and future support of Israel. A recent study found that adults who attended Jewish camps were:

• 21% more likely to feel that being Jewish is very important
• 26% more likely to belong to a synagogue
• 37% more likely to light Shabbat candles
• 25% more likely to give to Jewish charities, and
• 55% more likely to feel emotionally attached to Israel

We are looking for partners to help fund One Happy Camper grants for the Summer of 2019 and beyond. If you’re a believer in the power of camp and would like to be part of this important initiative, please contact Barb Gelb (965.6105) or Scott Kaplan (965.6109) to have a conversation.

In other news, the TJF Grants process is now open and we encourage our local affiliates to apply for funding for new and innovative programming. Applications are available and will be due on July 13, 2018. Please contact Ann Swindell at aswindell@ujft.org if you have questions.

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