Why Gesher

Community

IMG_3615At Camp Gesher we take pride in the fact that everyone gets to know one another due to the small size of our camp. The concept of kvutza or group is central to the spirit of Camp Gesher. The camp is a welcoming social space that enables our campers to experience personal growth and build positive relationships. We foster a culture of acceptance, individuality, and mutual respect in a safe environment where all members of the community are free to express themselves.

Youth Leadership & Responsibility

At Gesher campers develop strong leadership skills and learn community responsibility. Campers organize themed meals and do special projects like painting murals and growing food. They also participate in the day-to-day running of the camp by serving meals, sorting recycling and doing other chores. Creating an environment that fosters cooperation and collective responsibility is a central theme. The campers also learn about tikkun olam and practice it through community service projects.

Judaism

staylor_DSC6135Camp Gesher emphasizes Jewish culture, tradition and community through educational activities. We use Hebrew in many of our day-to-day conversations and many activities and camp traditions provide campers with opportunities to learn about Jewish and Israeli history and culture. We also have a kosher kitchen and we celebrate Shabbat and Havdalah. We help campers develop an awareness of social justice issues. In this environment our campers strengthen their personal Jewish identity.