Howie is about taking responsibility for our actions, standing up for ourselves and our friends, and playing an active role in creating our joyful and welcoming Jewish youth community.
Our camp community is made up of all kinds of children and adults, all kinds of families, and all kinds of congregations from all kinds of places. We believe that being inclusive of every member of our community is important and, if we’re really going to live the values that are so central to our work here at Havaya Arts, we need to be inclusive of everyone regardless of who they are or where they come from. We work hard to create a place where kids of different races, cultures, family compositions, and practices are not only included but welcomed.
We are proud of this commitment to diversity and aim to set the standard for creating a Jewish camp culture that is open and inclusive of the full spectrum of the Jewish community.
With the support of InterfaithFamily, we train our staff in how to be cognizant about the ways in which campers from interfaith families may experience camp and how, in addition to supporting them, we must be equally aware of their parents’ varying experiences and expectations.
We have worked closely with Keshet and others to ensure that our program and community are welcoming and inclusive of campers and staff of all sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as those from LGBTQ families.
We look at, and teach, issues of identity and how the Jewish community can be inclusive of people of color (both here and around the world) in our work with Be’chol Lashon, an organization that advocates “for the growth and diversity of the Jewish people” by placing a focus on multi-cultural Judaism.
With the guidance of members of our team who have decades of experience working with children with a variety of special needs, we seamlessly integrate campers of various needs and levels into one high quality program.
In conjunction with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, local Jewish Federations, and our many donors and supporters, we work to make Havaya Arts affordable for families in all socio-economic situations.
We see camper families as our partners in setting the standard for inclusion in the Jewish camping community. Together, we create a joyful and welcoming Jewish youth community that, we know, will continue to transform the lives of our campers, staff, families, and – we hope – the world.
Havaya Arts is a truly extraordinary place—you will feel part of something bigger than yourself, and you’ll want to experience that magic year after year.