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Around The Toren is our quarterly community E-Newsletter, filled with timely updates, events and articles to help you stay on top of what’s happening in the world of Camp Young Judaea Midwest. To view the newsletter on our website, click here.

A Note from Barbara Baumann
As we head into the month of Elul, we begin to take stock of the past year and look ahead to the new one.

This past year was my first as CYJ Midwest board president and I am pleased to have so much to be grateful for.

  • 194 campers and 45 staff had an incredible summer in Waupaca

  • CYJM Alum Rachel Ruskin joined our year-round staff as Associate Director and hired and managed an incredible staff this summer who created a thriving, supportive, and inclusive Jewish community passionate about Israeli culture and the lifelong friendships they developed
  • We exceeded our fundraising goal and continue each day to benefit from the generosity of our donors. You can still support this wonderful community by 9/30 to count towards this fiscal year. Click here to make a donation.  

  • Thanks to Kevin Friduss’ social media expertise and our active alumni committee, more alumni, parents, Hadassah members, and grandparents have connected with each other than ever before - through online and in-person events. 

  • The CYJM board met in Waupaca for the first time in 3 years and set goals for an amazing year ahead
As excited as I am about the year behind us, I am thrilled about what lies ahead
Pack your bags and get ready to get together - we’ll be celebrating CYJ Midwest’s 50ish summer on April 23, 2023 in Chicago (in-person!!! - and possibly online as well) 

We just launched the CYJM Camper Wellness Fund in honor of outgoing executive director Robin Anderson - emphasizing how important it is that the CYJM community takes care of each other!
CYJM alum Cheryl Wilson Hanson is heading up our diverse and active Camp Director search committee. Do you know a people-oriented leader who loves to spend their summers at camp and wants to make a positive impact on Jewish children and their families? Please send them to our new CYJM Camp Director posting.

Registration for returning campers opens on August 30 and for new campers on September 6. Lock in your early bird pricing before September 30. Pass it along!

Camp Young Judaea Midwest (CYJM) inspires Jewish children of diverse backgrounds to thrive in a joyful, tight-knit community that is passionate about Israel and Judaism. Camp is proud to be part of Young Judaea, the oldest Zionist youth movement in the United States. As our campers graduate from CYJM they continue their journey to Camp Tel Yehudah, Young Judaea Israel programs, and then back again as counselors and role models for the next generation of campers.

Thank you for being a part of this amazing community and making the journey for these children and young adults possible!

Shana tova u’metukah,
Barbara Baumann
CYJM Board President
2023 Camp Registration
CYJ's Camp Store
We are excited to now be offering a year-round camp store, full of new and retro camp looks. Buy yourself one of apparel items today or gift it to your CYJ campers!
Heavy Blend ™ Hooded Sweatshirt
Stainless Steel Tumbler
Women's Flowy Racerback Tank
Core Fleece Jogger
PosiCharge ® Tri Blend Wicking Long Sleeve Hoodie
Ladies 7/8 Legging
Upcoming Events
Do you know of a local event, synagogue program and or camp fair that we should attend? Click here to send the information to Kevin Friduss, Marketing & Communications Manager at CYJM.
Camp in YOUR Living Room
Do you know a family that is interested in exploring Jewish summer camps in 2023? Forward the link below to them to set up a one on one with Associate Director, Rachel Ruskin. Schedule a 30 minute video call to discuss all the activities that we offer!

Director Search
Robin Anderson is stepping down after 20 incredible years of service to CYJ. As we look for our next leader, the CYJ Search Committee is eager to hear from YOU! Please use this form to share your thoughts and then share the link with your CYJ Midwest networks far and wide!

PLEASE FILL OUT ONE FORM FOR EACH PERSON. If you have more than one person in your household who would like to do the survey, you can complete it multiple times.
Good & Welfare
Bar Mitzvah

Oliver Ellis (April 30)
Jacob Stern (May 28)
Jacob Slawsky (July 9)
Abe Sandalow (August 27)
Bat Mitzvah

Rachel Price (May 14)
Emily Adler (May 21)
Cassandra Tucker (May 28)
Aya Gafni-Pappas (June 11)
Ella Marks (June 18)
Noa Jaffee (June 20)
Tikva Kallio (July 25)
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