Eco-friendly Jewish summer stay expands to California

October 31, 2017 - summer camp

One hundred percent kosher. One hundred percent organic. Locally sourced. Meal options embody gluten-free with dairy, gluten-free without dairy or “regular.”

Casey Yurow, a stay executive during Eden Village West, couldn’t assistance though giggle as he described a kosher kitchen offerings a new Sonoma-based Jewish stay will have.

“We are redefining stay food,” he said.

That “good for a bodies — good for a planet” proceed to stay dishes is partial and parcel of a Eden Village West’s summary of stewardship of a Earth as an constituent partial of a finish Jewish life. It’s a summary a stay will bringing to Northern California for a initial time.

“It feels like such an implausible fit for a enlightenment and values of a West Coast,” Yurow said.

The campus of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy in Healdsburg, where Eden Village West will be hold this summer
The campus of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy in Healdsburg, where Eden Village West will be hold this summer

Eden Village West is a bend of Eden Village Camp, that was founded 8 years ago and is located in Putnam Valley, New York, about 50 miles north of a Manhattan. Slogans such as “The innovative Jewish organic plantation camp,” “Fun with low roots” and “Get dirty. Eat organic. Make a Shabbat party” dot a camps’ websites.

The new West stay is scheduled to open a doors subsequent summer in Sonoma, on a campus of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy, a private propagandize in Healdsburg. The website lists 3 sessions, all for third- to ninth-graders, with a initial commencement Jun 19.

Yurow pronounced examination a Sonoma County fires come usually miles divided from a destiny Eden Village West site was hard, though staff was beholden that a trickery was spared. “It was a nerve-wracking time for everybody,” he said.

Beyond tasty and courteous food, a new stay will concentration on creativity by a culinary humanities program, organic farming, handicrafts, herb believe and forest skills. Yurow pronounced it’s about training children to turn caretakers of a healthy world.

“That Earth-based proceed to Judaism allows kids to feel connected,” he said.

Campers during a strange Eden Village summer stay in New York
Campers during a strange Eden Village summer stay in New York

As a new camp, Eden Village West perceived a $1.5 million Specialty Camps Incubator extend by a Foundation for Jewish Camp, supported by a S.F.-based Jim Joseph Foundation and a Avi Chai Foundation. The extend will yield appropriation during planning, start-up and a initial 3 years of operation.

The initial year of Eden Village West will embody 3 two-week sessions with 50 campers each, and Yurow is looking brazen to it.

“We unequivocally get to co-create a enlightenment that we wish to see,” Yurow said.

And that enlightenment includes portion kids and families that operation from physical to unchanging synagogue attendees. “We say a baseline tact while not presumption that a camper has any credentials in Jewish learning,” a website notes. Eden Village and Eden Village West are not dependent with a description and they take a pluralistic approach that is constituent to a camp’s mission.

“Just like in an ecosystem, a some-more farrago we have, a stronger that ecosystem is,” Yurow said.

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