School’s Out Camp

2023 School’s Out Programs

High-Quality, Fun Camp Programming and Jewish Education

When schools are closed and parents need to be at work, Makom Community is here with FUN camp programming and learning for kids. All of our camp days run from 8:30AM – 4PM and are complete with outside playtime, healthy snacks, and fabulous activities! 

School’s Out Camps are available in:

Center City: 2013 Sansom Street, 1st Floor & South Philadelphia: 1311 S. Juniper Street

  • Monday, February 20th, $90 (Center City)
  • Spring Break: Monday, April 3rd & Tuesday, April 4th, $180 per week (South Philly)
  • June Camp (South Philly)
    • Week 1: Wednesday, June 14th – Friday, June 16th, $270
    • Week 2: Tuesday, June 20th – Friday, June 23rd, $360
  • Our individual camps days throughout the school year are $90.

Upcoming Camp Themes:

  • Feb. 20 – “Purim Camp:” This Winter Break, School’s Out Campers will explore the universal instinct to find and create light in the darkness of wintertime. Using a framework of gratitude and praise gleaned from Jewish texts, Campers will celebrate “Chanu-camp” using classic summer camp crafts, games, and music to bring the light of the summer sun into the end of the Festival of Lights. We will explore how revisiting our blessings from lighter times of the year could bring gratitude in a dark time.
  • Spring Break Camp – “Coming Together: Pesach & Kehillah (Community)” Why is this camp different from all other camps? This Spring Break, campers will consider the role of community in the holiday of Pesach. How did the community of B’nei Yisrael come to be? How do Jewish people honor the Passover story with our modern communities and rituals? Which of the four children are you, and why might we need all four kinds of folks in our communities? We will explore these and other big questions through our favorite modes: movement, art, music and play!
  • June Camp | Week 1 – “Earth Week” Welcome to Earth Week at Makom Community! This June, School’s Out Campers will explore the vast realms of planet earth, from the deep ocean and dark underground to the atmosphere and blue sky over our heads. We will ask how human cities fit into the picture of our planet, and explore Jewish concepts like tikkun olam (repairing the world) and olam haba (the world to come). What does it mean to repair the earth? And how might we participate in building toward the world we want to live in?
  • June Camp | Week 2 – “Color Week” If there’s one thing we love at Makom Community, it’s color! From rainbows everywhere, to painting on the walls, to special, naturally dyed challah, most of our days are filled with color. This June, School’s Out Campers will dive deep into the many facets of our colorful world, using food, science projects, games, and many creative crafts. We’ll explore the colors of Judaism, diving into the symbolism of the blue string of a tallis or the white garb worn on Yom Kippur. What’s your favorite color?

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Perelman Jewish Day School Camp Days:

  • Friday, February 17th
  • Wednesday, March 8th
  • Monday, March 13th
  • Monday, April 10th – Tuesday, April 11th
  • Friday, April 14th

PJDS Camp Day Themes:

  • Feb 17 – “Outer Space” The new calendar year may be off like a rocket, but no need to rush back to school! Join us January 3rd for the first School’s Out Camp of 2023, and it’s going to be a blast. Campers will explore Outer Space through the lens of, not a telescope, but Jewish wisdom! How does Jewish text connect the heavens and the earth, and what might we learn about ourselves from the journeys of Jewish astronauts like Judith Resnik? We’ll explore all of this and beyond!
  • March 8 – “Purim Camp: Praise Through Stories” On the holiday of Purim, traditional psalms of praise are replaced with the telling of the megillah, a story in which God is notably not a named character! On February 20th, School’s Out Camp attendees will begin to explore Purim, and the ways in which the megillah can still be a narrative of praise for something larger than ourselves. Campers will consider other stories they could tell and the unexpected ways themes of praise and gratitude may arise.
  • March 13 –  “Building in Judaism” From the building of our sukkot (huts) on Sukkot to the specifics of Noach’s Ark, we have much to learn from the construction habits of our ancestors. Campers will use their own ingenuity and construction skills to explore the connection between building in Jewish text and our modern responsibility to build a better world at PJDS School’s Out Camp: Building in Judaism!
  • April 10-11 (Passover) – ”Coming Together: Pesach and Kehilah (Community)” Why is this camp different from all other camps? This Spring Break, campers will consider the role of community in the holiday of Pesach. How did the community of B’nei Yisrael come to be? How do Jewish people honor the Passover story with our modern communities and rituals? Which of the four children are you, and why might we need all four kinds of folks in our communities? We will explore these and other big questions through our favorite modes: movement, art, music and play!
  • April 14 – “Names and Naming” Why was Yitzhak named after laughter? How many biblical figures underwent a name change in the Torah? Why are there so many names for God? What can we learn from inherited Jewish naming conventions? School’s Out Campers will explore these questions and more through stories, crafts, movement and more at PJDS School’s Out Camp: Names and Naming!
Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to Ash Tannenbaum-Fisher, Camp Coordinator.
Visit our Calendar to see the upcoming School’s Out Camp Days.

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