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Nearly two-dozen Jewish camps make ‘Newsweek’ list

They span Jewish denominations and much of the United States.

Woods, campgrounds. Credit: Pixabay.
Woods, campgrounds. Credit: Pixabay.

As Jewish families finalize summer plans for their kids, many can take pride in knowing that 23 Jewish camps made Newsweek’s 2023 list of the 483 best U.S. summer camps.

All 483 are accredited by the American Camp Association. Another 17, to round out the list of 500, are still under review, according to Newsweek.

Camp Simcha, a division of Chai Lifeline that serves children with blood diseases and other severe illnesses, was honored to make the list, according to director Nachman Maimon.

“This recognition is a testament to the tireless efforts and unwavering dedication of the entire Simcha team to providing our campers with a unique and unforgettable experience,” he stated.

Jewish camps of all the major denominations made the list, including Camp Kalsman (Reform) in Arlington, Wash.; Camp Ramah in California (Conservative); and Camp Chaviva (Orthodox) in Ellenville, N.Y.

Nine camps associated with Jewish Community Centers were also listed in California, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Washington.

“With over 12,000 summer camps across the United States, it can be daunting for parents to search for, vet and select the best camp for their kids,” Newsweek global editor Nancy Cooper wrote.

The list draws on social-media reviews and a survey of 15,000 parents.

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