Jewish Camping

In combination with an enriching religious school experience, we know from research that attending a Jewish camp can greatly increase the likelihood of a child maintaining their connection to and engagement in Judaism and identifying and participating as a Jewish adult. 

Because of this, we strongly support Jewish camping and suggest that parents supplement their child's religious school education by attending one of these highly acclaimed Jewish camps:  

Jewish Day Camps
JCC Grossman Camp

Located on 75 acres in the pine-studded Hale Reservation in Westwood, JCC Grossman Camp is a JCC day camp serving boys and girls ages 4 ½ to 15. Go here for more information.

JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts and Science Camp

JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts and Science Camp, located at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton, presents boys and girls in grades K-8 with opportunities to make friends, learn new skills, stay active, and nurture their inner artists. Go here for more information.

Jewish Residential Camps
Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC)

FJC works with over 155 Jewish nonprofit overnight camps across North America, serving 73,000 campers each year. Here's a sampling of their work:

  • Training programs for year-round and summer staff members, aiding them in creating an enriching, fun, and memorable camp experience for your child 
  • In partnership with your local Jewish community, PJ Library, and Jewish overnight camps across North America, FJC administers the One Happy Camper program, providing need-blind grants of up to $1,000 to families with children attending nonprofit Jewish overnight camp for the first time.

For more information about FJC, go here.

Click here for a listing of Jewish Residential Summer Camps.

Social Action

Family Promise

Or Atid joins next door neighbor Peace Lutheran Church to host homeless families for two consecutive weeks, twice a year. This Fall, families will be hosted at the Church from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4. There are many opportunities to volunteer. Contact Cindy Fenichel or Barbara Boykin for more info.

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Dec. 2 :  Help cook and deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. 

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: Dec. 2: Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.

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Adult Education

In Judaism, learning is a life-long process, and each stage brings special blessings and insights. Or Atid offers a wide variety of courses for adults where we explore our rich heritage in a literary and historical way. 

The Supreme Court & Jewish Life in America:
Oct. 15, 22 & 29, 7:30-9:30pm
Led by Yoni Kadden from Gann Academy. We'll explore 3 US Supreme Court cases critical to Jewish practice and American constitutional law.

Bad-ss Broads of the Bible:
10-session course, starting Oct. 16, 10am-noon
Metrowest Jewish Women's Study Group will explore audacious female characters in the Hebrew Bible.

Why Pray? Finding Meaning in Jewish Prayer:
6-session course starting Nov. 8, 7:30-8:45pm
Led by Rabbi Polisson, come and discover the meaning and power of Jewish prayer!
 

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