Testimonials and Press


We are two moms and an 11-year-old kid who all love Tawonga immensely. We did not think twice about signing up for the B’nai Mitzvah program at Tawonga – the mission, values and format are so resonant for us.

– Laurie and Alexis Lezin-Schmidt, parents

Now with our oldest soon to be 13, we were really happy to find the Tawonga program. It’s a way to introduce him to some of the spiritual elements of Judaism and to create a framework for thinking about his own spirituality and passage to adulthood.

– Sarah and Noam Livnat, parents

I’m learning that being Jewish is a lot about family and friends and being together. We don’t have to be super religious; we can just be Jewish, and I like that.

– Eli E., student

My kid was reluctant about going on the weekend retreat. But, when I picked her up two days later, she barely glanced up at me, as she was having so much fun with her new friends.
– Michelle M., parent

Student Spotlight: Eli

“Tawonga is helping me connect to Judaism.” Read Eli’s story about his experience in the program here.




Press and Stories

readhere“B’nai mitzvah, their way: Tawonga program hands teens ‘keys to their Judaism’”
By Alissa Greenberg, J. The Jewish News of Northern California


readhere“Who Said Camp Has to Be in the Summer? Camp Tawonga Down the Mountain”
By Jon Moskin, posted by The Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties


readhereAlso check out this article in JNS, which features this program’s unique individualized program model.