Thinking of the Camps Devastated by the California Wildfires

The entire staff of JCamp 180 and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation join Harold in expressing our sorrow for the physical losses at Camp JCA Shalom, Gindling Hilltop Camp, and Camp Hess Kramer that resulted from the Woolsey fire. Thankfully both camps had evacuated people, livestock, and Torahs. Our thoughts and prayers are with the first responders working so hard to protect life and property and to those who have endured loss through these tragic fires.

All of us at JCamp 180 are committed to supporting the extraordinarily dedicated and talented Jewish camp professional and lay leaders who will take on the task of assuring that these camps continue to provide unparalleled Jewish experiences for the summer of 2019 and beyond.  Whatever the future holds, our support, along with the support of countless parents, Alumni, and friends of Jewish Camp, is unwavering.

The Camp Committee of Gindling Hilltop Camp and Camp Hess Kramer said it beautifully:

“Despite these losses we know in our hearts that camp is what happens inside and around buildings, not the buildings themselves. Fire cannot destroy memories. Camp has always been about community, friendship and Torah; about the who and the what, not the where.”

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