Upon registration, campers choose from one of four primary tracks, or “workshops,” where they spend 2½ hours each day working on projects they design as they explore their passion area:
Theatre - All Sessions
Actors work on character development, breath and vocal techniques, improvisational methods, beats and objectives, physical awareness, audition skills and ensemble building. Our performers employ these elements in previously mounted works, as well as to unique productions that are crafted at camp. We use existing works to explore themes related to Judaism and use the stage to understand those concepts. By the end of the session, campers leave with tangible takeaways that support them in continuing their work outside of camp.
Visual Arts - All Sessions
In addition to techniques and experimental approaches, visual artists practice critical thinking skills as they take inspiration from pieces by fellow artists, from acclaimed work and from the natural world around us. As campers develop their eye to design and execute unique works, they explore Jewish concepts and translate those into their original art.
Fashion Design: June 21 - July 3
Learn the fundamentals of fashion design including figure drawing and rendering fabrics. Besides being fun to look at and wear, fashion tells a story of who we are personally, in our community, country, and world. The Fashion Industry has an enormous environmental footprint so what is our responsibility to the planet as designers? How can we express ourselves through fashion as art? How do we incorporate today’s understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion in our design?
Circus Arts: July 5 - 17
With our partners from Time Flies Circus, we will explore circus skills like acrobatics, juggling, aerial silks and clowning. We will also learn necessary skills like trust, communication and pushing our own comfort zones. Juggling is to learn patience and clowning is about making yourself universally understood. We will conclude the session with a performance for the rest of camp to enjoy!
We see the arts as a portal through which campers connect to their Judaism. We use our passion and skills in the arts to express Jewish concepts, sharing our skills and our own, unique understanding of our tradition with our audience.
Workshops are taught by our lead instructors, who are professional educators (such as science teachers) who bring both a passion for the subject and experience working with children. They are supported by college-age counselors majoring in arts fields, actively engaged in learning and creating their own art.