We’re so excited!

Join us for some amazing camp-style programs!

Just like camp, most of our programs are geared for kids entering 3rd through 10th grade, but you’ll also see a program most mornings for younger kids. You can just “drop in” for most programs, so feel free to pick-and-choose your favorites.

All of our programming will be online — either on Zoom or Facebook Live. Obviously, this is different than a traditional camp experience, so we’ve included some guidelines and notes (especially important for parents to read!) at the bottom of this page.

Please note: We’ll be updating the schedule throughout the program, so please be sure to check back regularly to make sure you’re up-to-date on all the exciting plans!

Whether you’ve been a member of the Havaya family for years or you’re joining us for the first time for one of our Havaya@Home programs, we can’t wait to see you! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at Hello@CampHavaya.org — we’re always happy to connect.

Monday, July 13

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah, with Marla & Nicole Izbicky

9:30 am — Story Time, with Marilyn Price (for K-5th graders)

Learn how to make your own puppets … and hear a great story from a master puppeteer!

12:00 pm — Lunchtime Schmooze, with Sara Chernov (for 3rd-6th graders)

2:00 pm — Zentangles, with Maya Sokoloff

Come relax and de-stress with some zentangling, a type of abstract doodling, while chatting and listening to music! All you need is a piece of paper and a black pen (Sharpie or otherwise).

3:00 pm — Choose Your Own Adventure, with Hilary Rubin (for K-5th graders)

Join Hilary for an interactive PowerPoint adventure around camp!

4:00 pm — Dance Studio, with Alex Winer
4:00 pm — Creative Writing Studio, with Julianne Schwartz and Leenie Baker

The dance and creative writing intensives are currently full. If you’d like more information, or have any questions, please email us at Hello@HavayaArts.org.

7:00 pm — Sing Down, with Sydney Halberstadt

Medurah (campfire) style! Here’s a lyrics sheet.

Tuesday, July 14

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah, with Sam Burg

9:30 am — Story Time, with Mia Blitstein (for K-5th graders)

10:30 am — Morning Games, with Jacob Oshins

1:00 pm — In the News: The Media and Your Life (Part 1), with Maya Sokoloff (for 7th-11th graders)

This two-part session will examine how we take in news, what different perspectives different sources present, and provide an opportunity to create your own headline/media.

Supplies: newspapers (either in paper form or online access), paper, pencil/pen

3:00 pm — Magic: The Gathering, with David Anes and Adam Weiss

In order to play, you’ll need a working video camera on your computer or phone (so your opponent can see your cards) and your own Magic deck. Please note: Magic is a trading card game with collectible cards … unfortunately, it won’t work with a regular deck of playing cards. This program is for kids who already have some MTG experience.

4:00 pm — Dance Studio, with Alex Winer
4:00 pm — Creative Writing Studio, with Julianne Schwartz and Leenie Baker

The dance and creative writing intensives are currently full. If you’d like more information, or have any questions, please email us at Hello@HavayaArts.org.

Evening — Online Hangouts for Camp Havaya, Havaya Arts, and Havaya Israel

Details will be shared directly with families who were registered for Summer 2020.

Wednesday, July 15

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah, with Xander Botes and Deandre Meyer in South Africa

9:30 am — Story Time, with Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (for K-5th graders)

Join Rabbi Sasso for this reading of her book, When God Gave Us Words.

10:30 am — Israeli Dancing, with Jacob Oshins

12:00 pm — Lunchtime Schmooze, with Sara Chernov (for 7th-10th graders)

3:00 pm — Scavenger Hunt, with Lea Asplen and Adam Weiss

4:00 pm — Dance Studio, with Alex Winer
4:00 pm — Creative Writing Studio, with Julianne Schwartz and Leenie Baker

The dance and creative writing intensives are currently full. If you’d like more information, or have any questions, please email us at Hello@HavayaArts.org.

9:00 pm — Alumni Schmooze (for 21 to 25-year-olds)

Registration required.

Thursday, July 16

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah, with Andres Ordonez in Colombia

9:30 am — Fun and Games, with Jacob Oshins (for K-5th graders)

10:30 am — A Havaya for Havaya, with Rabbi Jeff Eisenstat and Rabbi Sarah Messinger

1:00 pm — Make Your Own Art, with Dorothy Waskow

Want something new to hang on your wall or your fridge? Come hang out and make art! Please bring art supplies of any kind.

3:00 pm — Race and Me, with Becca Chu-Carroll

A conversation about our personal experiences as Jews of Color. This session is open to Camp Havaya BIPOC campers in Nehalim and Harim; details will be shared directly with families who were registered for Summer 2020.

4:00 pm — Dance Studio, with Alex Winer
4:00 pm — Creative Writing Studio, with Julianne Schwartz and Leenie Baker

The dance and creative writing intensives are currently full. If you’d like more information, or have any questions, please email us at Hello@HavayaArts.org.

Evening — Online Hangouts for Camp Havaya and Havaya Israel

Details will be shared directly with families who were registered for Summer 2020.

Friday, July 17

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah, with friends from Uganda

10:30 am — Morning Workout, with Alison Berman

12:00 pm — Art and Judaism, with Rabbi Rebecca Richman

1:00 pm — Hot Topics, with Sammy Angelina and Dorothy Waskow (for high schoolers)

Recent events have brought to light some controversy surrounding statues of prominent historical figures. Join this discussion with other high schoolers to talk about which statues should be kept up versus which should be taken down. Check out these two articles on a controversial memorial in DC — one of which is opposed to the statue, the other is for it

2:00 pm — Music for the Soul, with Sydney Halberstadt

Join Sydney for creative and active music making with a camp twist!

Supplies: pencil/pen, paper, a space where you can move and make noise, and any instruments you’d like to bring (ukulele, guitar, hand drum, other percussion, etc.) 

3:00 pm — Butter Making, with Hilary Rubin

Enjoy a butter making demonstration from the comfort of your own kitchen! If you want to follow along, here’s what you’ll need:

    • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
    • salt (to taste)
    • mixer (Hilary will be using a hand electric mixer, but this can also work with a stand mixer or a simple mason jar!)
    • large bowl
    • small bowl
    • cheesecloth (optional) 

4:00 pm — Dance Studio, with Alex Winer
4:00 pm — Creative Writing Studio, with Julianne Schwartz and Leenie Baker

The dance and creative writing intensives are currently full. If you’d like more information, or have any questions, please email us at Hello@HavayaArts.org.

6:30 pm — Director’s Schmooze, with Sheira Director-Nowack

6:30 pm — Director’s Schmooze, with Julianne Schwartz

7:00 pm — Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, July 18

All times Eastern.

11:00 am — Shabbat Morning Services

8:00 pm — Havdalah and Shabbat Unplugged, with Gabe Segar and Jacob Oshins

Sunday, July 19

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah, with David Blechman

9:30 am — Freedom, with Maya Sokoloff (for K-5th graders)

Join Maya to discuss what freedom means to you through a series of activities including stories and drawing!

Supplies: paper and markers (or other coloring devices)

10:30 am — Zumba, with Lea Asplen

1:00 pm — Family Activity, with Rabbi Isaac Saposnik

2:00 pm — Geology, with Dorothy Waskow

Join Dorothy (virtually) on a walk and talk about geology!

8:00 pm — Nefesh Mountain Concert

Monday, July 20

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah

9:30 am — Story and a Project, with Jess Dolberg (for K-5th graders)

Join Jess to read about science and do an experiment! 

Supplies: plate, about half-a-cup of milk (preferably cow’s milk), food coloring, Q-tip, dish soap

10:30 am — Frisbee, with Jacob Oshins

Bring your own frisbee.

11:00 am — Music Recording Sessions, with Zach and Aaron Mayer

Sign-up in advance for this four-session opportunity.

12:00 pm — Lunchtime Schmooze, with Sara Chernov (for 3rd-6th graders)

3:00 pm — Race and Me, with Becca Chu-Carroll

A low barrier conversation about representation and how we see ourselves as Jews of Color learning to embrace what makes us different. This session is open to Camp Havaya BIPOC campers in Nitzanim and Ilanot; details will be shared directly with families who were registered for Summer 2020.

4:00 pm — Musical Theater Studio, with Claire Greenberg
4:00 pm — Visual Arts Studio, with Cam Barker

The musical theater and visual arts intensives are currently full. If you’d like more information, or have any questions, please email us at Hello@HavayaArts.org.

7:00 pm — Reverse Scavenger Hunt, with Jacob Oshins

Families are invited to this fun and energetic program!

Tuesday, July 21

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah, with Brianna Spatz

9:30 am — Bingo, with Hilary Rubin (for K-5th graders)

Print out this bingo card, grab something to write with, and bring your camp enthusiasm! 

10:00 am — Lacrosse Stick Skills, with Ted Nusbaum

Bring your own lacrosse stick.

11:00 am — Music Recording Sessions, with Zach and Aaron Mayer

Sign-up in advance for this four-session opportunity.

1:00 pm — In the News: The Media and Your Life (Part 2), with Maya Sokoloff (for 7th-11th graders)

This two-part session will examine how we take in news, what different perspectives different sources present, and provide an opportunity to create your own headline/media.

Supplies: newspapers (either in paper form or online access), paper, pencil/pen

2:00 pm — Friendship Bracelets, with Becca Chu-Carroll

3:00 pm — Magic: The Gathering, with David Anes and Adam Weiss

In order to play, you’ll need a working video camera on your computer or phone (so your opponent can see your cards) and your own Magic deck. Please note: Magic is a trading card game with collectible cards … unfortunately, it won’t work with a regular deck of playing cards. This program is for kids who already have some MTG experience.

4:00 pm — Musical Theater Studio, with Claire Greenberg
4:00 pm — Visual Arts Studio, with Cam Barker

The musical theater and visual arts intensives are currently full. If you’d like more information, or have any questions, please email us at Hello@HavayaArts.org.

Evening — Online Hangouts for Camp Havaya, Havaya Arts, and Havaya Israel

Details will be shared directly with families who were registered for Summer 2020.

Wednesday, July 22

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah, with Adam Beach in Scotland

9:30 am — Fun and Games, with Jacob Oshins (for K-5th graders)

10:30 am — Yoga, with Greta Rosenstock

11:00 am — Music Recording Sessions, with Zach and Aaron Mayer

Sign-up in advance for this four-session opportunity.

12:00 pm — Lunchtime Schmooze, with Sara Chernov (for 7th-10th graders)

4:00 pm — Musical Theater Studio, with Claire Greenberg
4:00 pm — Visual Arts Studio, with Cam Barker

The musical theater and visual arts intensives are currently full. If you’d like more information, or have any questions, please email us at Hello@HavayaArts.org.

5:00 pm — Egg Drop, with Sammy Angelina

Come learn a little bit about physics and gravity … and then attempt to build a device that can keep a raw egg intact when dropped. 

Supplies: eggs and any supplies you want that you think could protect your egg (ex: bubble wrap, shoe box, plastic bag, paper, tape, bottles, etc.)

9:00 pm — Alumni Schmooze (for 26 to 35-year-olds)

Registration required.

Thursday, July 23

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah

9:30 am — Lassi Making, with Pam Ehrenberg (for K-5th graders)

10:30 am — Singing and Dancing, with Alan Brody

11:00 am — Music Recording Sessions, with Zach and Aaron Mayer

Sign-up in advance for this four-session opportunity.

4:00 pm — Musical Theater Studio, with Claire Greenberg
4:00 pm — Visual Arts Studio, with Cam Barker

The musical theater and visual arts intensives are currently full. If you’d like more information, or have any questions, please email us at Hello@HavayaArts.org.

8:00 pm — Whodunnit?, with Sam Burg

Who killed Benjamin Bumbleton? You’ll have the clues and try to solve the mystery!

Friday, July 24

All times Eastern.

9:00 am — Aseyfah, with Jenny Ferentz

9:30 am — A Fun Activity!, with Sammy Angelina (for K-5th graders)

Come play camp-themed charades and other party games and talk a little bit about camp and what makes it so special. All you need is paper and pen/pencil/markers.

10:30 am — Making Challah in Shanghai, with Hannah Maia Frishberg

1:00 pm — Music Appreciation, with Sam Burg

Explore songs that have relevant messages to our lives.

3:00 pm — Making Honey Cookies, with Dorothy Waskow

If you’d like to follow along, here are the ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup butter or margarine 
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

4:00 pm — Musical Theater Studio, with Claire Greenberg
4:00 pm — Visual Arts Studio, with Cam Barker

The musical theater and visual arts intensives are currently full. If you’d like more information, or have any questions, please email us at Hello@HavayaArts.org.

6:30 pm — Director’s Schmooze, with Sheira Director-Nowack

6:30 pm — Director’s Schmooze, with Julianne Schwartz

7:00 pm — Kabbalat Shabbat, Shira, and Israeli Dancing

Saturday, July 25

All times Eastern.

11:00 am — Shabbat Morning Services

8:00 pm — Havdalah and Shabbat Unplugged, with Gabe Segar and Jacob Oshins

 

An Important Note for Adults

We pride ourselves on creating welcoming, inclusive, values-based, and celebratory communities in each of our Havaya Summer Programs. This is possible only with a high level of hands-on supervision that is simply impossible in an online setting. Please note that all supervision responsibilities for individual participants during Havaya@Home sessions fall to those children’s parents or legal guardians. Similarly, parents are responsible for their child’s physical safety and cyber-security; we cannot guarantee the security or efficacy of Zoom, Facebook, or other online platforms that may be used during the course of the program. All live sessions will be recorded; participation in a session signifies the parent or legal guardian’s understanding and approval that photographs, video, or likenesses of their child may be used for promotional purposes. More details on our terms and conditions are available online. As with our in-person programs, we expect participants to stand up for themselves and their friends and take responsibility for their actions; we will not accept behaviors such as bullying, violence, repeated profanity, disrespect, or bigotry. We’re serious about being our best selves—it’s How We Be!

Camp JRF is now Camp Havaya.

Worry not! We have a new name but, deep down, we’re still the same incredibly diverse and welcoming community where kids explore Judaism in their own ways and become the best versions of themselves.

Learn more about why we chose this name or click through to visit our website. Either way, we can’t wait to welcome you to Camp Havaya this summer!