Jewish Camping

In combination with an enriching religious school experience, we know from research that attending a Jewish camp can greatly increase the likelihood of a child maintaining their connection to and engagement in Judaism and identifying and participating as a Jewish adult. 

Because of this, we strongly support Jewish camping and suggest that parents supplement their child's religious school education by attending one of these highly acclaimed Jewish camps:  

Jewish Day Camps
JCC Grossman Camp

Located on 75 acres in the pine-studded Hale Reservation in Westwood, JCC Grossman Camp is a JCC day camp serving boys and girls ages 4 ½ to 15. Go here for more information.

JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts and Science Camp

JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts and Science Camp, located at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton, presents boys and girls in grades K-8 with opportunities to make friends, learn new skills, stay active, and nurture their inner artists. Go here for more information.

Jewish Residential Camps
Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC)

FJC works with over 155 Jewish nonprofit overnight camps across North America, serving 73,000 campers each year. Here's a sampling of their work:

  • Training programs for year-round and summer staff members, aiding them in creating an enriching, fun, and memorable camp experience for your child 
  • In partnership with your local Jewish community, PJ Library, and Jewish overnight camps across North America, FJC administers the One Happy Camper program, providing need-blind grants of up to $1,000 to families with children attending nonprofit Jewish overnight camp for the first time.

For more information about FJC, go here.

Click here for a listing of Jewish Residential Summer Camps.

Social Action

Community Cooks!

Upcoming date: Jan 12 Please volunteer to cook or deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham.

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming date: Feb 2 Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. More info here.

Journey to Safety

Journey to Safety (JTS) is the JF&CS response to domestic abuse. They provide services for Jewish and Russian-speaking survivors. For more info click here.


Adult Education

[email protected] Broads in Midrash

Mondays, starts 9/23, 10am at Or Atid 
10 session class exploring little known women whose stories are embellished in the rabbinic tradition. Details here.

Mussar: A Path to Spiritual Development with Rabbi Carol Glass

Jan. 13, Feb. 3, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, 7-9 p.m. at Or Atid
Mussar is a Jewish spiritual practice that gives concrete instructions on how to live a meaningful and ethical life. Register