We make our home in one of the University of Redlands charming, air conditioned dorms. Two or three campers live in each room, with bathrooms just down the hall. With an eye towards safety and security, we have exclusive access to the building throughout the summer; counselors are present around-the-clock to ensure our campers have everything they need and to build the sense of community that’s central to all we do.
We’re a lively, welcoming, and diverse community where kids explore the arts and Judaism in their own ways and become the best versions of themselves. Our campers come from all kinds of backgrounds—and each has a different story to tell. We have interfaith families; campers and staff of all sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as those from LGBTQ families; people of color; individuals with special needs; and families from all socio-economic situations. We’d love to hear your story; please contact us to talk more about diversity at Havaya Arts.
Many of our families receive financial support in order to send children to Havaya Arts; many of these families have two parents with professional positions who, quite simply, can’t afford camp without some help. Our scholarship committee works hard to try and guarantee, when possible, that no camper is turned away from camp for financial reasons. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by January 31; for more information (even after that date), please contact us.
University of Redlands offers a high-quality dining experience using locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible. Great tasting, authentic, and nutritious food is made from scratch, using fresh seasonal ingredients. And they take their role in the community seriously, striving to make socially responsible purchasing decisions. With a variety of choices available at each meal, counselors help campers make food choices in keeping with their individual family’s values around kashrut and ethical eating. Our staff also works closely with the team from Bon Appétit to ensure we have plentiful vegetarian food as well as vegan, lactose free, gluten free, and other allergy-sensitive options.
Medication is distributed by our on-site nurse; we work with CampMeds to provide pre-packaged pills for campers who take medication on a daily basis. If a camper needs to be taken out of camp for medical care, we are only ten minutes from the local hospital.
We have campers from across North America and the world! If you’re a plane ride away, we’ll meet your child at the airport. If you live within driving distance, we may offer bus service from your area.
We create an environment that embraces diverse experiences and beliefs while remaining distinctly—and strongly—Jewish. Here, vibrant Jewish communal life enhances our art, which in turn enhances Jewish life and identity. Throughout the week, we have a variety of opportunities (including prayer, meditation, and yoga) for connecting to something bigger than ourselves. And, together, we craft a unique Shabbat experience that is the perfect end to a week full of creation. Throughout all of this, our campers approach Jewish life on their own terms and, because it’s personal, the connection they make to Judaism is lasting.
Together, we craft a unique Shabbat experience that is the perfect end to a week full of creation. On Friday night, campers dress up slightly for a music-filled service, followed by dinner and an energetic song session and Israeli dancing. After sleeping in on Saturday morning, campers have a sweet breakfast and services in the great outdoors, followed by a relaxing lunch. In the afternoon, we all gather together to relax, swim, play, read, and hang out with friends, before joining together for dinner, a short havdalah service, and an evening of creativity to begin the new week. It’s truly a day of rest like in no other place!
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.