Jewish Families of Color Weekend

Building on the Success of Our Inaugural 2021 Weekend!

An intentional affinity space for Jewish families of color (JOC+*) to build community and rejuvenate in the stunning beauty of the Sierra Mountains. Join us to celebrate and center our multiethnic Jewish community and cultural richness!

Tawonga is proud to be partnering with the Jews of Color Initiative to spread the word about this special weekend.

When

August 25 – 28, 2022
(Thursday – Sunday)

Who

Families that are multiracial or that include at least one person of color in their household; all ages

Program Overview

For the second year, we are thrilled to offer an affinity space just for families with at least one person of color in their household and/or who identify as multiracial. This weekend will celebrate multiethnic Jewish community and culture 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. 

We understand that the language of “person of color” may not capture the nuance of everyone’s identities. Our goal is to create a big tent while maintaining this weekend as a special affinity space.

*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.

Two father's kissing daughter during Keshet

Press: “This California camp lets Jews of Color like me just be ourselves”

Jordan Daniels reflects on the powerful experience of joining Tawonga’s Jewish Families of Color Weekend last September: “Many stories written by Jews of Color, including myself, discuss our ‘othered’ experiences in Jewish spaces … But we also have stories of belonging — where we can just be — and with places like Camp Tawonga, they’re finally being written. I’m grateful to write this one.”

Testimonials

“I felt like this weekend was just so validating for me and my family and my kids. To be around other mixed kids and mixed people.” – Weekend Participant


“This whole weekend has felt like a breath, an opening of the heart.” – Weekend Participant

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 are some offerings you can expect to experience at the weekend, led by JOC+ family guest educators and program facilitators:

  • Fun and uplifting camp music and multicultural-themed songleading inclusive of many languages and including Spanish, Arabic, Ladino and cultures such as Sephardic, Mizrachi, African Jews and more.
  • Yoga and mindfulness practices.
  • 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 two and older. Children will participate in activities outside and masked. For those with little ones under two, 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 two. (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

Registration is open, and there are still spaces available! To register, families new to Tawonga can get started here. Returning families can click here.

Cost

Adult: $540 / Baby (under 2): $335
Families new to Tawonga are eligible for a $50 discount. To receive the discount, please email ben@tawonga.org.

We do not want cost to be prohibitive for any families. Please explore our financial assistance options here.

In Partnership

Tawonga is partnering with the Jews of Color Initiative (JoCI) to help get the word out about this weekend. The Jews of Color Initiative is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing racial equity in the Jewish community by centering the leadership of Jews of Color. To bring about systemic change, the Jews of Color Initiative focuses on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education.

Health, Safety & COVID

In order to prioritize the health and safety of our campers, staff and entire Tawonga community, we have made some changes to our 2022 programs and Camp practices. New for 2022, all family camp participants who will be eligible for the vaccine by the time their program begins are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as are all Tawonga staff.

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.

Questions?

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: ashley@tawonga.org. Please reach out to Kiyomi Gelber at kiyomi@tawonga.org if you have questions about if this weekend is right for your family.

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