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Are your kids ready for summer camp?
50'ish Anniversary Celebration
Camp Young Judaea Midwest
50'ish Anniversary Celebration
Weekend of April 22-23, 2023
Where: Skokie, IL

What are my options?
April 22: Shabbat afternoon in the park
Saturday night after Shabbat: Cocktails with Camp
April 23: A HUGE 50'ish Celebration at Shallots Bistro in Skokie. IL
and more!

$54 per person (ages 18-29)
$118 per person (ages 30+)
Barbara Baumann
Jenny Beck
Ellen Finestone
Danny Glaser
Anat Geva
Josh Goldstein
Amy & David Hamermesh
Cheryl Hanson
David Harris
Rabbi Shena & Brian Jaffee
Bekki Harris Kaplan
Ann & David Lowe
Jon Lowe
Nicola Davis Mellman
Karen & Don Morris
Brian Nagorsky
Julie Ohana
Liz Luterman Phillips
Richard Primus
Gila Robinson
Lisa Simons
Debra Wekstein
Your donation of $500 or more gets your name on this list.
Contact Jon Lowe ([email protected]) to find out how or check out the Alumni Facebook Group.
We're Hiring!
Year Round Camp Store
We are excited to be offering a year-round camp store, full of new and retro camp looks. Buy yourself one of our retro or modern apparel items today or gift it to your CYJ campers!
The Next Generation
Check out who has registered the next generation for CYJ in 2023!
Will Adler - Zach Alpert & Caryn Stern
Alison Bank - Eyal H Barash - Ben Baum
Jenny Beck - Rebecca Broudy - Alison Cherry
Mara Flamembaum Christos
Susan D. Elbaum - Amy Flamenbaum Michael Flamenbaum - Sarah Goldshlack
Zac Hirschman - Brian Jaffee - Libby Karon Sherri Kushner - Debbie Marks
Heather McKee - Molli Tobin Monk
Katy Burstein Motto - Julie Ruskin Ohana
Richard Primus - Miriam Rieger
Gila Marcus Robinson
Elana Harris Schanzer
Sivan Kredow Schondorf - Tamara Schwartz
Ben Shayne
Asherith Even Shulman & Dan Shulman Suzan Sultan - Jonathan Weinkle
Who is going to be next to register for the 2023 season?
Want to host a special virtual open house for your friends? Reach out to Rachel Ruskin at [email protected] for more information.
Digital Yearbooks & Alumni Website
Imagine the ability to find long lost CYJ friends, network professionally within the vast Camp Young Judaea Midwest alumni and parent community, and catch-up on alumni life-cycle and milestone events. Check out our alumni page and get connected today!

We have almost every yearbook digitized just for you!
Click here to start exploring!
Alumni In The News
"I am a huge proponent of talk therapy, yet I’ve found that when sessions enter the kitchen, things move at a faster pace. Chopping onions, simmering sauces, tasting what they’ve made…people reach personal epiphanies faster. Cooking offers immediate satisfaction as you work your way through a recipe." The author, Julie Ruskin Ohana is a former camper and past Tzevet.
We are incredibly proud of Klara Walny who has just been announced as a Springboard 18 Under 18 Honoree. We look forward to celebrating her and the entire teen community at 18 Under 18: A Celebration of Jewish Teens on March 21st hosted by Springboard. Klara Walny is a former camper and incoming Madrichim in Training.

Good & Welfare
Mazel Tov to....

Nate Shapiro on the birth of his son Gabriel Yitzhak on December 8.

Jonathan Robinson and Robin Janofsky on the birthday of their son Judah Simon in October.
Mazel Tov to....

Alex Lowe and Justin Alford on their September 29 marriage.
Give Back to CYJ
Join the CYJ Forever Legacy Society to ensure future generations can share in this legacy and to give you an opportunity to continue to be a part of our future, forever. Click here for more information.
Don't forget to shop through Amazon Smile for donations to CYJ Midwest when you shop Amazon. Just go to www.smile.amazon.com for the exact same products and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase.

You can set your account to always give to CYJ on every purchase, forever.
We are looking for former campers and staff to get involved on our alumni committee. If you are interested in learning more, please email Ellen Finestone at [email protected]