Continuing Our Important Work

Dear Friends of Capital Camps,

A few days have passed since the horrific tragedy that took 11 innocent lives in Pittsburgh. We join those around the country – and around the world – in mourning those who lost their lives and in thinking about the loved ones left behind. We wish continued healing to those injured, including the first responders who risked their lives to bring an end to this vicious attack.

We have spent the last few days painfully reflecting on this moment, what it means for our broader community, and how our agency can continue to build a better world. Yet, it feels like more than just a moment, and our reflection must continue well beyond today.

Each day at Capital Camps & Retreat Center, we endeavor to nurture and grow responsible citizens of the world. We are proud that we teach our campers and staff about acceptance and respect. These Jews – young and old – will build a world free from the hatred that divides us. Rather, we shall celebrate our differences and diversity, as we seek to weave a beautiful tapestry of people everywhere. We will continue to educate our camp community and inspire them to act in peaceful ways to eliminate hate from our world.

As the people of Pittsburgh, our nation, and the Jewish people continue to wrestle with this awful loss of life, we look toward a brighter tomorrow.

Ha’makom yenachem etchem b’toch she’ar avelei Tzion V’Yerushalayim. May the memories of those lives lost be for a blessing, and may God console their families and friends among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


Miriam Smolen                             Jonah Geller

Board Chair                                 Chief Executive Officer