Covid-19 Building Closure

As communities and organizations plan to reopen throughout the United States, we at the Jewish Federation continue to monitor guidance from our local government and the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In consideration of the health of our members, guests, and staff, the Jewish Federation will continue to remain closed to the public until further notice. Staff will continue to work remotely and can be reached via email until they are able to safely return to the office.

Jewish Family Services is continuing to serve clients at this time, with slightly modified procedures to help ensure everyone's health and safety. To learn about these changes and access other recommended resources please visit

Please keep an eye on future correspondence for updates as they become available.

Camp Ideal Cancelled for Summer 2020

In response to Covid-19, the Jewish Federation has had to adjust our programs and services. Faced with the challenges of the pandemic in our community, we decided that the safest and most prudent option was to cancel the 2020 Camp Ideal season. Our decision is based on careful consideration of a range of information gathered over the past two months from the CDC, the American Camping Association, and a number of Jewish summer camps throughout the country. In addition, we reached out to our campers’ parents and guardians through a survey.  

The Federation is continuing to look at ways to provide alternate engagement for our children. Virtually guided activities, project kits for our families, and helping campers connect with opportunities from our partners are just a few of the options being considered for our campers during the summer months.  

One of the goals of Camp Ideal is to engage youth and provide a safe and educational environment to strengthen relationships with peers in the local Jewish community and beyond. Because Jewish summer camp is a foundation of our Jewish ecosystem, we are taking this COVID moment to re-imagine the Camp Ideal experience. We welcome your input as we develop ideas for a vibrant, future Camp Ideal.  
The Officers and Board of Directors
cordially invite you to the

  Jewish of St. Joseph Valley’s
Thursday, June 11, 2020
7:00 PM Via Zoom
The meeting may be virtual, but our impact is real

To RSVP please email by Tuesday, June 9th. Those who RSVP will be sent a link via email for the meeting the morning of Thursday, June 11, 2020.