Big doings at Camp Newman
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Hundreds of current and former campers, staffers, board members, donors, clergy and representatives from the Jewish community turned out July 27 for the dedication of the first “village” in a new retreat center at URJ Camp Newman.
The hanukkat habayit (dedication of the home) included a tree-planting ceremony and guided tours of the newly completed parts of the 65-year-old camp — notably the first six of a projected 16 new cabins.
The modern cabins, a conference center and a multipurpose arts/dining/library facility are part of a multiyear, $30.2 million plan for the Campus Retreat Center. The aim is not only to secure Camp Newman for years to come, but also to create a first-class facility for use by the entire Bay Area Jewish community. It is intended to attract groups and upwards of 10,000 participants year-round.
Approximately 1,100 people attended, including 700 kids and adults from the Camp Newman community and 400 parents, alumni and community leaders. Attendees included lead donors Daryl Messinger and Jim Heeger; former board chair Raquel Newman, for whom the camp is named; and a long list of community and synagogue leaders.
“These cabins are just the beginning,” Messinger, Camp Newman’s board chair, said at the ceremony. “They are a beginning that creates a new perspective.”
Over the past two years, the camp has completed $5 million worth of infrastructure work, built the six cabins and raised $12.7 million, including a $1 million grant from the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation.
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