Building Community at Family Retreat

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Posted by: Rabbi Erin Mason, Chief Program Officer

Family Around CampfireMy kids’ happy place is Jewish camp. They can run free, be as loud as they want, try new things, make new friends, and connect with old friends, all in a Jewish setting. While it’s fantastic to know that kids have this, how much better is it when we as parents get to join in?

The community that is built over the course of a weekend at camp is special. We have a chance to connect with people away from the everyday and experience something different together.

Ron Wolfson, Jewish educator and author of Relational Judaism, teaches that seeking out relationships with community, family, friends, God, or something beyond ourselves can lead to a life filled with meaning. Experiencing a family retreat together with J families is an opportunity to do just that.

Last year, the J partnered for the first time with URJ Greene Family Camp for Family Retreat, and our families had a blast. About 15 families from Houston attended. Campers live in cabins with counselors and other campers their age. Parents stay in rooms with any children too young to be in cabin with counselors. There are activities for kids, activities for adults, and activities for families.

Last year, some of our families said:

“We loved the campfire and singing, bunk activities, meal-time conversations with other Houston families.”

“The song sessions, meeting other kids my son’s age, and being together as a family in a Jewish environment really made this a great event.”

“Song session and the bunk activities for my daughter made the weekend great.”

At the time of this writing, there were already seven families from Houston signed up to go. This is an amazing opportunity to meet other J families, spend quality time with friends, and deepen our community.

Come join us for Family Retreat, February 7-9, 2020, at URJ Greene Family Camp.

Details and Registration

Family Retreat


Category: Childrens Programs