This school year, Keshet and Schechter have launched an inclusive kindergarten program, where students with disabilities will learn alongside typically developing peers. Not only does this commitment demonstrate a belief that everyone benefits when everyone is included, it also addresses a gap in services available in our community.
Keshet is so fortunate to have incredible DSPs like Jordan Spiwak, who believe wholeheartedly in Keshet’s mission and care so deeply for our participants. Working at Keshet has completely changed his life for the better, giving him a sense of purpose and a deeper connection to his Jewish identity.
As the marketing and communication intern, I was able to get experience in a field I’m interested in, and learned that Keshet is so much more than their camp programs. Everyone at Keshet works hard to be able to provide all the programs we offer.
We certainly saved the best for last! Let’s give a HUGE shoutout to the incredible people who made summer 2023 possible. Every accomplishment, friendship, milestone and memory for Keshet’s campers had a staff member right by their side who made it happen. Counselors, site leadership staff, social workers and the full-time recreation team gave their 100% to ensure that every single camper felt included, safe and supported while at camp. We asked camp families to tell us what makes Keshet’s […]
Keshet has supported thousands of campers over the last 30 years at 18 different locations. We spend all year planning for these eight short weeks and work tirelessly to provide all the tools needed for a successful summer. But we cannot do what we do alone. Keshet’s inclusive camp programs would not be possible without our partners who are also deeply committed to promoting inclusion. This weekly series would frankly be incomplete without taking the opportunity to thank our community […]
Two GADOL team members, Sam and Noah, spent the last few months volunteering at the Glenview Park Center. They were given hands-on experience with a variety of jobs where they gained new skills and confidence. This opportunity was made possible due to a generous grant from the Northfield Township and the desire to make the Park Center an inclusive place for all. Sam and Noah collaborated on an article about their awesome volunteer experience.
Sami Abrams and Lexi Berkowitz, both 13 years old, spent the first half of their summers volunteering at Keshet Teen & Tween Camp. As volunteers, they got valuable experience working with campers with disabilities that were close to their age. At the same time, they built strong relationships, created new memories and gained a whole new perspective about supporting people of all abilities.
Over the past week, Keshet has heard from camp alumni who credit Keshet with where they are today in their professions. Each of their stories demonstrate that inclusive camping doesn’t just impact our campers’ lives, but our staff as well.
Camp kindness is at the core of what we do. From the moment our campers arrive at camp, we strive to ensure that they each feel welcome, supported and valued at camp. When kindness and inclusion are embraced, it will lead to the ultimate goal of belonging–the heart of Keshet’s mission.
Like so much that happens at Keshet, these small acts add up to a BIG impact on people’s lives. Just like Jake, you can make a big impact, too, by getting involved in Keshet’s summer campaign.
There are countless small things that Keshet’s staff do each day that make a big impact on a camper’s day or beyond. These are often things that most people wouldn’t think twice about, yet our staff do them with such intentionality, patience and compassion.
Thanks to generous grants and support from our partners, Keshet has launched three new camp programs for summer 2023. These three programs have provided opportunities for campers to stay involved at camp while adapting to meet their individual needs and level of support.