Some Stats on Jewish Camps

Published: 
June 16, 2010
Source: JTA
 
Jacob Berkman reports on a press release from the Foundation for Jewish Camp giving a preview of preliminary findings of a major new research initiative which serves to advance the understanding of nonprofit Jewish camp’s impact on adult Jewish identity. Despite the continuing financial struggles of many families, nonprofit Jewish overnight camps are filling up! As in 2009, camps are projecting a flat or increased enrollment over last year. Camps are doing all they can to ensure that every parent is able to send their child to camp. This includes providing an increased number of scholarships, payment plans, discounts for siblings sent to camp together, and “early bird specials.”
 
The new research analyzes the data from 26 surveys conducted across the U.S. 2000-2008. It compares the Jewish behaviors and attitudes of adults, with all measures being equal except for whether the individual attended a Jewish summer camp. Initial findings from the report, due out in Fall 2010, indicate that adults who attended Jewish camp as youngsters are more likely to be more Jewishly engaged at home and in the community:
 
At Home:
·         21% more likely to believe that being Jewish is very important 
·         23% more likely to show interest in Jewish subjects by accessing a Jewish website 
·         37% more likely to light Shabbat candles
 
In the Community:
·         25% more likely to donate to Jewish charity, 30% to their local Jewish federation
·         26% to be a synagogue member, and 45% to attend synagogue monthly or more
·         55% more likely to feel very emotionally attached to Israel
Updated: Jun. 22, 2010
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