BB Camp sets interfaith getaway Feb. 11-12
By JEWISH REVIEW
article created on: 2011-01-15T00:00:00
Interfaith families with one Jewish parent or partner often celebrate Shabbat like their exclusively Jewish counterparts. But these celebrations can leave the non-Jewish spouse or partner feeling spiritually—if not socially—isolated during the festivities.
Recognizing this and the high percentage of interfaith families locally and nationally, B’nai B’rith Camp has partnered with the local affiliates of The Mothers Circle and The PJ Library to create a get-away event just for such families.
These three organizations have created a first-ever Interfaith Shabbat getaway. BB Camp is hosting the mini-vacation Feb. 11-12, with the option to stay overnight Saturday at the camp near Lincoln City.
“As a Jewish community camp, our mission is to serve Jewish children of all denominations, affiliated, unaffiliated and from traditional and non-traditional families,” said Michelle Koplan, BB Camp executive director.
Koplan continued: “We’re proud of our outreach efforts. Collaborating with The Mothers Circle and The PJ Library to host the only Interfaith Shabbat Getaway for families on the West Coast allows BB Camp to continue this important outreach.”
Designed for interfaith families with one Jewish parent or partner, this overnight will give parents and children the opportunity to meet other families like theirs, discuss the challenges faced and opportunities for families with multiple faith backgrounds—all while experiencing an unforgettable Shabbat observance.
Activities include a family program, Shabbat services Friday night and Saturday morning, traditional camp experiences for all, child-specific programs, meals and snacks.
Neveh Shalom Rabbi Daniel Isaak and Lois Shenker, The Mothers Circle course facilitator, will lead services and discussions.
“These two have extensive expertise and experience working with interfaith families,” said Caron Blau Rothstein, coordinator for The Mothers Circle and PJ Library.
Families opting to stay over Saturday night get to nosh s’mores around a bonfire and enjoy Sunday morning breakfast.
The Interfaith Shabbat Getaway costs $85 for each adult, $50 for each child 3 years of age and older; children 2 years of age and under are free. A second evening is an additional $10 per person ages 3 and up.
To register, visit bbcamp.org. For more information, contact BB Camp Associate Director David Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 503-452-3443.