New! Jewish Families of Color Weekend

An intentional affinity space for Jewish families of color (JOC+*) to build community, relax and rejuvenate in the stunning beauty of the Sierra Mountains.


Thursday, September 9 to
Sunday, September 12, 2021


Families with at least one person of color in their household; all ages

Program Overview

Together with community partner Project Shamash, we are thrilled to offer an affinity space just for families with at least one person of color in their household. This weekend will celebrate multiracial Jewish community and cultural richness by centering JOC+ and offering dynamic workshops, discussions and other programming led by JOC+* guest educators on topics of interest and relevance to you.

Plus, all the classic Tawonga Family Camp offerings, like campfires with s’mores, a community shabbat celebration, talent show and more.

*JOC+ includes folks who have been marginalized by whiteness racially or culturally and who root themselves in diverse identities including Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian, Sephardi, Mizrachi, Middle Eastern and more. Please reach out if you have questions about whether this affinity space is a good fit for you!

Two father's kissing daughter during Keshet

Affinity Space Program Highlights

We hope to empower participants to co-create the experience with us! Please let us know if there is a workshop or offering you would like to be paid to contribute to the weekend. Below is an initial line-up of JOC+ family guest educators and program facilitators:

  • Fun and uplifting camp music inclusive of many languages and including Spanish, Arabic, Ladino and cultures such as Sephardic, Mizrachi, African Jews and more! Multicultural-themed songleading led by Isaac Zones, whose family celebrates Mexican and Chicano culture. 
  • Yoga and mindfulness practices, led by Kimberly Dueñas of Jewtina y Co, a Jewish and Latin organization working to nurture Latin-Jewish community, leadership and resiliency.
  • Adult workshops facilitated by JOC+ educators focused on a range of topics.

General Program Highlights

  • Activities – In addition to specialized programming, we’re offering all of our classic Family Camp activities, including yoga, arts and crafts, the challenge course, hiking, campfires and s’mores, boating on the lake, shabbat, stargazing and more!
  • Day Groups and Childcare – Morning day group childcare for kids three and older. Children will participate in activities outside and masked. For those with little ones under three, we will have some fun baby/toddler and parent activities to enjoy! Due to masking, distancing and staffing constraints as a result of COVID-19, we are unfortunately not able to safely provide childcare in the mornings for children under three. (Children under three pay a reduced price. Parents can enjoy evening childcare for all ages once the children are asleep.)
  • Shabbat – As a community, we celebrate Shabbat with singing, dancing and a delicious Friday night dinner followed by participatory, kid-friendly services in our beautiful outdoor sanctuary on Saturday morning.
  • Meals – Tawonga will serve tasty meals to families outside. Each family will have their own designated table and the kitchen will provide one tray per family at each meal. Free-flowing Peet’s coffee available daily.
  • Housing & Bathrooms – Each family will have their own cabin and will be assigned to a bathroom and shower. Read more about Tawonga’s location and facilities here.
  • Learn More – You can learn more about what to expect from a Tawonga Family Camp here and read our Family Camp FAQs here.

How to Sign Up

Families new to Tawonga can get started here.

Returning families, click here.

Health, Safety & COVID

With the guidance of Tawonga’s COVID-19 Task Force (comprised of epidemiologists, doctors and health professionals), we have been informed that it is safe to run this weekend with some modifications for COVID-19 safety like required PCR testing prior to the weekend, masks, outdoor dining and social distancing. Before attending the weekend, every participant (regardless of vaccination status) will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test and show proof of their negative result upon arrival. Safety remains our number one priority which is why we have made all of the above modifications. We will have trusted medical staff on site as always. Click here for our Family Camp FAQs with more information about COVID-19 program adaptations, testing, childcare and more.

Cost – Sliding Scale & Discount

3 year-olds to adults: Sliding scale $395-$525

Under 3: Sliding scale $195-$275

We do not want cost to be prohibitive for any families. Families are also encouraged to explore financial assistance options here.

Discount Available

In addition, a $150 discount will be given to any family that brings a new family to the weekend! We want everyone to feel a sense of belonging at this program, and we know that having friendly people you know join you will make you feel more comfortable. Ultimately, we just want everyone to feel at ease and to have a great time!

Community Partner: Project Shamash

We are partnering with Project Shamash to offer this weekend to the community. Project Shamash is a racial equity and leadership initiative from Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice (c3) designed to spark a future where our communal institutions fully reflect the diversity of our community in the Bay Area. Project Shamash includes a network that invests in JOC professional leaders with monthly leadership development programming, an organizational change cohort supporting Jewish institutions in developing customized racial equity frameworks rooted in anti-racism, and community programs for the larger JOC/POC community.


Visit our Family Camp FAQs page. Please feel free to reach Ashley Costello, Program Director with any questions or if you are interested in being on the planning committee:

We are grateful for the generosity of these institutions for making this weekend possible:

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