This summer, Congregation B'nai Israel and Opening Doors, Inc. are pleased to announce a partnership to support recently resettled refugee children by offering a free summer camp experience - Camp Nefesh. Nefesh means "soul", and the camp is focusing on providing a safe, fun space for refugee children to play, learn, and grow.
The camp will be held at CBI from July 30-August 10 (Mondays-Fridays)
from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm and is being organized by teen congregants who participated in URJ Mitzvah Corps last summer as new confirmands. During that trip the group worked with refugee children at a summer day camp.
"This trip really opened our eyes to the problems refugees face upon arrival in our country. From facing misconceptions about their legal status to having trouble finding work, these families go through so much more than I ever would have thought. In Seattle, I was so in awe of the fact they were able to set up a refugee kids camp- even for just a week- that I thought, "why not do this in Sacramento?" But we’ll need help!"
Camp Nefesh will rely on volunteers from the community to keep it running. They need youth counselors (7th grade and older), financial support, donations of supplies, and people who want to share expertise that might be useful at a summer camp (any magicians out there?).
The most crucial need is adults willing to transport the campers to and from camp each day from a central pick up spot (or donation of funds to rent a bus!).
Please consider supporting this incredible new camp by making a contribution below. Donations are tax-deductible.
Interested in volunteering? Please click on the link below to learn more.
Thank you for your support of this new endeavor. Camp Nefesh embodies our core Jewish values of welcoming the stranger and will be an impactful experience for all involved