According to studies, the impact of attending a Jewish summer camp - even once - is tremendous. Children become more connected to their Jewish heritage and even to Israel. They come home more assertive of their own Jewish identity.
We know that for Deaf children, this opportunity rarely comes along. In 2014, we at the Jewish Deaf Foundation developed an enriching summer camp program for Jewish Deaf boys between 8-16 years old. The program was run in tandem with the amazing program at Camp L'man Achai, in upstate New York.
As part of this program, Deaf camp counselors and ASL interpreters accompanied the group of Deaf boys as they participated in the mainstream camp program. At times, they were pulled out for some uniquely-Deaf activities, such as storytelling in ASL. For most of these boys, it was their very first time spending a significant amount of time among their Jewish Deaf peers - an experience that will have an indelible impact on them.
And then in 2015, this experience was expanded to include Jewish deaf girls from around the world. The pioneering program launched at Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos, Pennsylvania.
This year, we are looking forward to an even more amazing summer! The boys program will once again be at Camp L'Man Achai. The girls program will now be going west, to California at Camp Gan Yisroel West!
Girls' program dates: July 12-26, 2016
Boys' program dates: July 19 - August 4, 2016
For questions, or to learn more information about this summer's program, please contact Rabbi Yehoshua Soudakoff, our camp coordinator at email@example.com today!
If you want more information, you can read the following articles:
- The JDF Blog - Who won the 2015 Israel Contest?
- Chabad.org - New Summer Camp Program of their Own
- The Jewish Week - New Camp Program Provides Support
- COLlive - Contest for Jewish Deaf Kids
Also, don't miss out on watching the amazing Camp L'man Achai Deaf Program 2014 video!