As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we have all found ourselves adjusting to a new way of life and trying to find ways to stay engaged and connected. To keep you and your family busy while you’re at home, the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey has compiled this page of activities, resources, online services, and more.

Help our most vulnerable during this pandemic with the COVID-19 Response Fund

The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey is committed to meeting the critical needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help directly support individuals and families in need through the programs and services of the Jewish Federation and our family of agencies with your gift to the COVID-19 Response Fund. Thank you for your generosity during these unprecedented times. 

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Summer Fun Activities and Opportunites

 

Programs with a Jewish Connection

 

Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC

Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC is offering Virtual Camp for children ages 3-6 from June 29 to August 7.

 

JCC Camps at Medford

We are excited to offer modified in-person and virtual programming to bring summer fun to our camp family.

 

#Summer5780

Discover virtual opportunities for kids and college students, families and twenty-somethings, offered by all types of Jewish organizations, all curated by JewishTogether. Find connection, community, learning and laughter. Add structure to your summer and make #Summer5780 matter.

 

Adath Early Childhood Center

Each week our virtual camp will be updated with new videos and activity ideas. There will be outside/ nature, art, library, and Hebrew each week. There are also tons of classrooms filled with activities!

 

BBYO Summer 2020 Experience

We are excited to offer fun and meaningful digital programs, all with an emphasis on growing community leadership skills and friendships, and engaging with mentors and role models while instilling a sense of purpose, inspiration, and connection among participants.

 

BBYO Volunteer Opportunities (All Rising 8th-12th)

COVID-19 has affected millions around the world, and BBYO teens everywhere are mobilizing to take action. Though COVID-19 has cancelled chapter programs, regional conventions, and summer experiences, this page provides the tools to continue to engage, educate, and entertain teens around the world.

 

BBYO Global Israel Fellowship (Applications Due June 27  - Rising 10th-12th)

The Global Israel Fellowship is a unique, fully-funded opportunity that provides a constructive space for young teen leaders to learn, grapple, explore, and engage with Israel. This exclusive group will navigate Israel’s story, the country’s many complexities, its challenges and triumphs—inclusive of all perspectives—and survey the ever-changing relationship between the Jewish State and community worldwide.

 

Camp Gan Israel - Chabad

Gan Israel campers are imbued with a deep sense of pride in their Jewish heritage and a love for the land of Israel. Our passionate and talented team of staff, are curating a special summer with exciting and creative activities and CGI fun. Camp this year is open Monday, July 6 - Friday, August 14. Due to limited space we are only able to accommodate children ages 4-11.

 

Camp Harlam

Harlam at Home: Summer Edition! The virtual camp program will be structured as 3 week-long sessions from June 29 to July 17, and is open to campers entering grades 2 through 10. Campers can register for 1, 2, or 3 weeks. Each session will run Monday through Friday and will include bunk/unit time, specialty track programs, electives, and evening programs.

 

Congregation Beth Tikvah: Join Our Youth Summer Mitzvah Brigade!

Brief weekly zoom gathering on Mondays at 4:00pm with  Rabbi Nathan Weiner and Education Director Michele Mayer. Learn about a Mitzvah of the week. Share experiential Mitzvah project ideas that can be completed at home. Ages 3-9

 

findyoursummer.org

Search for virtual summer programing for Jewish teens

 

Jewish Changemakers

If you’re a Jewish college student or a recent grad, 20-25, you now have an awesome opportunity. An online leadership development experience to expand your career, your network and, most importantly, your ability to affect positive change in your community and the world.

 

Ramah in the Poconos

Bring the Ruach of Ramah Home this Summer! Our 2020 program includes options for everyone!
In addition to the tailor-made programs for each group of campers at Ramah Day Camp and Camp Ramah in the Poconos, we are continuing to offer community-wide activites for the whole family and unique Shabbat experiences. 

 

RJ on the GO

RJ On the Go is your virtual home for interactive, meaningful, and joyous Jewish experiences. Explore your Judaism through science, art, text, and more from the comfort of your own home, and build your Jewish community as you go.

 

URJ Youth Camp Virtual Communities

Join your favorite Reform movement program online! All events are open to everyone.

 

USYfi

Come join us for exciting virtual programming all summer long! #MyUSYfiSummer is open to all Jewish youth entering 5th grade through the Class of 2020. 

 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE ROAD TRIP

Starting May 31st - June 30th, join our virtual college road trip for a full month of student-led virtual college tours, information sessions with college admissions directors and onsite Hillel reps with real insights on Jewish campus life, Q&A discussions, workshops, relevant articles and more! 

 

 

 

Additional Activities

 

Camp: ASPIRE Virtual Robotics Camp (ages 8 )

 

Varsity Tutors

Need something to keep your K-12 kids busy this summer? Help them make the most of their break with interactive camps taught by expert instructors. Each camp consists of five sessions, starting on Monday and ending on Friday. Sign up for one camp, or all of them! We're adding new camps every day so be sure to check back often.

 

45+ Virtual Summer Camps to Keep Kids Busy While Safely Social Distancing

 

 

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Podcast Recommendations

Wow in the World

Smash Boom Best

Mars Patel

Six Minutes

If you need help or want to help:

Email us at help@jfedsnj.org or call 856.673.2554.

Need a helping hand or friendly call? Need help learning Zoom, ordering a meal delivery, or picking up a small item from the store? Our Federation Friends volunteers can help with one-time requests or regular daily and weekly check-ins. At this time of uncertainty, one thing is certain: we are here to help you!

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