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Jewish Camps Discount for First-Timers

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The Foundation for Jewish Camp is piloting a new program this summer offering some first-time campers discounts of 40 to 80 percent below the standard rate.

Called BunkConnect, the program will make available 1,100 discounted slots at 35 camps in the Northeast, New England and Mid-Atlantic regions, the foundation announced Monday.

The Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy is partnering in the program, which the foundation hopes to expand in the future to Jewish families and camps throughout North America.

The discounts will be offered to children from middle- and lower-income families (maximum adjusted gross income of $142,000).

Jeremy Fingerman, CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, told JTA that the new program is “an affordability initiative to help families who think camp might be out of reach.”

Only children who have not attended the camp are eligible. If they return in future years, they will have to pay the full price or apply for financial aid.

Meanwhile, participating camps are offering discounted slots for sessions or cohorts that might not fill up otherwise.

US Immigration Bill May Hurt Jewish Summer Camps

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The proposed immigration bill now in the Senate has been altered to t remove requirements that would  affect Israeli and other foreigners wanting to work temporarily in Jewish summer camps, but the House may block its passage.

Provisions for the J-1 non-immigrant visa for exchange visitors  now “allow an important cultural exchange” between American youth and foreign staff members, Rachel Laser, deputy director of the Reform Movement’s Religious Action Center told the Jewish Forward.

The original version of the bill contained extra requirements that were changed after Jewish camp operators said it would hurt their programs, where 1,400 Israeli counselors and almost the name number work in summer camps.

The altered Senate version could come unraveled if House of Representatives  Speaker John Boehner goes through with his threat to block its passage if he thinks a majority of republicans will not vote for the measure.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-immigration-bill-may-hurt-jewish-summer-camps/2013/06/25/

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