Camps & Education | Federation grant boosts Camp Newman expansion plansby emma silvers, j. staff
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URJ Camp Newman, the Reform Jewish sleep-away camp that serves 1,400 campers each summer and even more at year-round retreats in the Santa Rosa hills, has received a $1 million grant from
the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
The money will go toward the camp’s $30 million campaign to improve infrastructure and create additional housing and program space. The camp has now raised $12 million toward the total, and construction on the housing has begun.
In the off-season, Camp Newman serves 3,500 adults and children for retreats each year. With the new retreat center, camp administration anticipates being able to serve 13,000 a year. Construction will be completed in phases, administrators said, to avoid interfering with summer or off-season uses. The camp has been located on the 500-acre Santa Rosa site since 1997.
Jennifer Gorovitz, federation CEO, said Camp Newman — which draws campers not only from California but also from Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii and Texas — represents the type of Jewish experience the Jewish community needs to invest in — both for children and adults. The camp is “realizing a vision of a camp environment open to the entire community year-round,” said Gorovitz.
“Our endowment fund represents the legacy of hundreds of members of our community and exists to ensure a vibrant Jewish future. Given the vital role that camp plays in building a strong Jewish identity, Camp Newman is an essential part of the fabric of our community,” she said. “This grant will ensure that it remains so for generations to come.”
For information on Camp Newman, visit http://www.newman.urjcamps.org.
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