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Inclusion & Special Needs Programs

A Summer Experience for Everyone

The URJ Camp and Israel Programs are committed to providing a Reform Jewish summer experience to all children, including those with special needs. Check out information on our special needs programs below.

Inclusion Support at all 14 URJ Camps

Our Inclusion Coordinators, trained professionals hired by each of our camps to support campers with special needs, are prepared to work with caregivers and professionals to plan for and provide a fulfilling camp experience for all children. Contact the Camp Director at each of our URJ Camps to discuss any accommodations or support systems that we can put in place to ensure the success of your child.

Or consider one of our programs for campers with special needs open to young people from across North America:

NEW! Chadash Program for Young Adults at URJ Camp Coleman (GA)
URJ Camp Coleman is pleased to announce the creation of the Chadash program for young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, ages 18-24, who seek the opportunity to participate in the joy of a URJ Camp community. The Chadash program is a transitional step between our camper aged programs and our adult staff community. Chadash will provide vocational training in a supervised work setting along with an opportunity for the participants to join in a wide range of recreational, social, and educational components of camp life.

Ages served: 18-24
Location: URJ Camp Coleman, GA
Dates: June 11 - July 6, 2014
More Information: Camp Coleman Chadash website


Mitzvah Corps at Kutz (NY)
A "camp within a camp" immersion program at URJ Kutz Camp that incorporates peer-to-peer mentorship into a broader, more mainstream camping experience for teens on the Autism Spectrum.

Ages served: 13 - 19
Location: URJ Kutz Camp, Warwick, NY
Session 1: June 22 - 29, 2014
Session 2: June 29 - July 6, 2014
Session 3: July 6 - 13, 2014
Full Summer: June 22 - July 18, 2014
More information: Visit the Kutz Mitzvah Corps site


Camp Chazak at Eisner and Crane Lake (MA)
A clinically-based, therapeutic and recreational camping experience at URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps for children with communication and social delays.

Ages served: 8 - 14
Location: URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps, MA
Dates: August 19 - 24, 2014
More information:
Visit the Camp Chazak site


In the News
At camp, there is an exceptional degree of ongoing caring, nurturing, and holiness.
Our camps are committed to the needs of Reform Jewish campers with special needs.
Our special needs programs were featured in the inclusion-themed edition of Torah at the Center
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