Dear Hashomer Hatzair Camp Shomria parents,

We hope that this note finds you and your family healthy, safe, and well. 

For nearly 100 years, Camp Shomria has served as the summer stomping ground of the progressive Jewish future. From kabbalat shabbat to Zap, nightly shira to kumzitz , our little plot of land in the Catskills holds decades of laughter and memories. It’s where so many of us made lifelong best friends, learned to think critically about the world, and became committed to social justice. 

Our community has weathered many challenges, and we have managed to return summer after summer to raise the next generation of Shomrim. But we won’t lie to you: this year is a little different. Whether Mosh Kayitz 2020 will run as planned comes down to one factor only: the health and safety of our community, as per the guidance of New York State law.   

We will have a clear answer as to whether sleepaway camps in the state of New York will be permitted to function by the end of May. 
 
In the event that New York state continues to be in pause through the summer, our refund policy will be as follows:

P lease plan to donate any or all payments already made to Camp Shomria . Thanks to the generosity of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, all tuition funds that are donated to Shomria in the event of summer 2020’s cancellation will be matched 1:1 . That means that even a small gift will go a long way towards keeping Shomria open for summers to come — and the movement alive for generations to come. 
If a donation is not possible, all payments will be eligible to roll over to 2021 tuition. This money will not be a donation and will thus not be matched by the foundation. That said, these funds will be crucial in helping Mosh survive the COVID-19 period. 
We understand that not all of our families will be able to do options 1 or 2. We will be offering refunds to those who need it. 

Once again: no action is required now, and no decision has been made regarding the upcoming Mosh Kayitz . We are sharing this information in the spirit of transparency, and because we know how important it is to plan ahead in these uncertain times. 

Despite the lack of clarity right now, one thing is as certain as ever: we want Camp Shomria to keep educating and nurturing our children for decades to come. Holding our community close is more important now than ever, and we are so grateful to have our Hashomer Hatzair family to lean on right now. 

Chazak Ve'emaz,
Odelia Shargian
Board Chair, Hashomer Hatzair Camp Shomria
Alex Ben-Abba                   
Director, Camp Shomria
 Adi Menda-Blu
Executive Director
Hashomer Hatzair USA