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Summer 2016 Highlights

August 19, 2016

On Tuesday, our last session of campers returned home from an exhilarating experience at Camp Tawonga, wrapping up a joyful 2016 summer. “Tawonga changed my life — the more I come back, the more happy I become,” said one camper named Sarah before leaving on a “jet bus.”

We are deeply grateful to the 1,239 campers and questers, the 175 summer staff and the hundreds of families and supporters who made the summer of 2016 so magical.

Below, enjoy some hand-picked highlights from the summer!

Shabbat Shalom,







Jamie Simon and Becca Meyer
Incoming Executive Director and Camp Director

Campers Join Archaeological Dig at Tawonga

archeologyCampers and staff got their hands dirty this summer excavating clues to Tawonga’s ancient, sacred history in our first-ever dig!

The past came alive as we learned from leading experts in the history of our region that the same things that attract us to Tawonga today — its lovely, peaceful, secluded valley straddling the Tuolumne River — has drawn people in for millennia.

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Press Highlight: Camp Shabbat Is “High Energy, Heart-felt and Holy”

shabbatJ Weekly Reporter David Wilensky spent a Shabbat with us during Session III, and writes, “Shabbat is said to be a vision of the world to come, and nowhere is that more true than at Jewish summer camps like Tawonga.”

A must-read for any Tawongan that will take you back to Camp’s loving, spiritual embrace.

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Staff Spotlight on Songleader Jordan Hurwitzjordan-hurwitz

Jordan Hurwitz has been rocking out to music at Camp Tawonga since she was a camper in 2002 and came back this summer for her “dream job” as a Tawonga songleader.

“I’m the best version of myself when I’m here, and I’m surrounded by others who are the best version of themselves also.”

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Expanded Organic Gardengarden

Our organic garden was in full bloom this summer, and campers loved the “farm to fork” activities like making scrambles with goat cheese from our goats, eggs from our chickens and herbs from our garden. With the help of full-time farmer, Rebs (right), campers were able to harvest produce and flowers for every Shabbat this summer!

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Video: Our Summer Director Team

All together, these Tawonga leaders have worked 67 summers at Camp!

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Notes from the Road: Quests


60 teens explored the open road, trail and river this summer through our six unique Teen Adventure Quests.

Quest Leader Rose shared, “Quests are an amazing time to build strong relationships with one group of kids and to foster an environment for growth and curiosity.”

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