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Camp Yavneh offers children of ages 8–16 a Jewish camp environment where Jewish values and activities are emphasized. The camp is unaffiliated with the religious movements — considering itself "k'lal Yisrael" (all Jews are one). There are t'fillot (prayers) daily, offering egalitarian and orthodox services.
The camp offers traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, drama, music, Israeli dance, special arts program, and a daily Hebrew/Judaic class for all levels. Camp Yavneh is Shomer Shabbat and strictly Kosher (with rabbinical supervision). For years, Camp Yavneh served as a "second home" for thousands of young Jewish children, ages 8–16. Yavneh's Zimriyah has carried on for years, maintaining a tradition of Jewish pride, friendly competition, and song. The Maccabiah games during the second month of camp include sports, song, dance, and art, and they culminate on the second to last night of camp, with a sing-off, a Hebrew play with themed focus on dance and song, and the traditional segment, called "Shelet". The Shelet presentations are the presentation of the team plaques.
The current director since 1991 is Debbie Sussman. Former directors include Louis and Leah Hurwich (bought and founded camp), Freda Shore, Dr. Walter Ackerman ("Ackie"), Rabbi Baruch Levine, Moshe Avital, Abe Yanover, Michael Libenson, Avi Teken, Margie Berkowitz, Shoshana Marcus.
Camp Yavneh claims to be at the center of the lives of thousands of people throughout the United States, serving as a staunch example of Judaism and love.
Camp Yavneh was voted a top-ten Jewish overnight camp from a Jewish Camping magazine.
- Camp Yavneh official website
- Jewish Camps: Lite or Original Recipe, The Jewish Journal, August 26 - September 8, 2005.