Eden Village is a non-affiliated camp. We are delighted that our campers and staff come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, including Conservative, Orthodox, Secular, Reform, Renewal, Reconstructionist, Humanistic, Interfaith, Post-Denominational and more!
To ensure a welcoming environment for most Jews, we maintain Shomar-Shabbat observance while not assuming that a camper has any background in Jewish learning. Our experienced live-in mashgiach ensures a strict standard of certified Kosher food and a Kosher eruv.
For services, we offer a balance of options and inclusivity. Campers may choose among various options for Shacharit (morning services), and campers may choose to participate in afternoon and evening davening (prayer). Friday night we all come together as one group; Shabbat morning we offer options.
We are intentional about building Jewish community with no assumptions about campers’ previous Jewish background or knowledge. We define all Hebrew terms and teach songs, blessings and customs, often enlisting the help of campers. Our Yahadut Director (Jewish life) is Rabbi Pesach Stadlin, who is also a seasoned outdoor Jewish educator who leads shiurim (Jewish learning circles). Campers have the opportunity to help lead services and leyn (read Torah). Because our Judaism is earth-based, even our most Jewishly knowledgeable campers find themselves engaged and making new Jewish connections.