Capital Camps is pluralistic and therefore welcomes all Jews to join us. Regardless of your affiliation or degree of observance we are here as your Jewish community home away from home. We encourage all participants to choose how they will observe and create a spiritual balance that is respectful of their beliefs (and those of their parents). This is not about formal classroom learning, this is literally the touch, feel and taste of Judaism being introduced in a way that allows campers to take ownership of their own spiritual journey.
For us, living Jewishly includes living in cabins named after places in Israel, eating delicious kosher food, enjoying Shabbat prayer services that are fun, vibrant and engaging and where Jewish values such as shomrei adamah (preserving the earth) are a part of the culture. These experiences create indelible impressions that build Jewish identity and pride. Bottom line – we make Jewish cool and research supports our approach as having a meaningful and positive impact on building Jewish identity.
On Friday afternoon our most anticipated special day of the week begins – Shabbat. Each week, a different camper village leads our community in worship- prayer, song, dance and creative writings. Following services we enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner complete with fresh challah, made by our Benjamin Village campers. Add in some ruach (spirit) in the form of singing and dancing and you have the perfect Capital Camps style Friday night!
Saturdays at camp have a tone and tempo marking that this day is different from the rest of the week. Breakfast is served later than normal, followed by services by village. From food to afternoon program choices it is a different day. In the evening we gather together for Havdalah, arm in arm to sing songs and close out another wonderful camp Shabbat experience.