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Camp extends beyond our physical locations and buildings. It dwells in our hearts, our lasting friendships, our values, and our souls. We are strengthened by camp’s vibrant community that has shaped Jewish lives for generations, and we know that we can always count on the Harlam family. Whether it is a gift to one of Harlam’s many scholarship funds to ensure that more children can attend camp, a gift to the Harlam Sustainability Fund to help secure the future of Harlam, or a gift to the Arie Gluck Capital Fund to create an extraordinary campus with abundant resources – every gift makes a significant impact on Harlam.
We simply cannot do it without the generosity of our beloved donors.
We are excited to announce that Harlam is eligible to receive the “All Together Now 2021” matching challenge grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. All gifts to Harlam in 2021 will be matched at 50%. Make a gift to Harlam today to assure that your gift will make an even greater impact!
About Our Funds
Building on the traditions, leadership, and success of more than 60 years at Camp Harlam, we are committed to enhancing our Reform Jewish experience, diverse programs, and expansive facilities to maintain Harlam’s reputation as a leader in the field. We are grateful for the investment and support of this effort!
Camp Harlam takes great pride in its ability to create an environment where “friends become family” for its campers and staff, and is more committed than ever before to make this experience possible for each and every child that is interested, no matter their ability to afford the expense. In the last year, Harlam, its URJ congregational partners, and special foundations and donors that support Jewish Camp contributed more than $650,000 to subsidize a summer at Camp Harlam for hundreds of children.
Giving to these scholarship efforts is a critical means of supporting camp, and we are pleased to share that as of 2012, we have dedicated our primary Scholarship Fund in name to the memory of one of our finest community members, Mitch Perlmeter. The Camp Harlam community suffered a great loss when Mitch Perlmeter of Montclair, NJ passed away suddenly on February 1, 2011. Mitch had been at Camp Harlam most of his life, was a CIT (Machon/Gesher participant) in 2010 and was to have been a counselor in 2012. Mitch was the son of Rabbis Rex Perlmeter and Rachel Hertzman and brother of Jackie, Sarah, and Nathaniel. We will truly miss Mitch’s energy and enthusiasm for camp and life and his constant smile and have cemented his memory at camp through the establishment of the Mitch Perlmeter Scholarship Fund. Additionally, we continue to celebrate his life through the Mitch Perlmeter Leadership Award and through various efforts at camp. You can visit the “Remembering Mitch” Facebook group to share or view thoughts, memories, photos, and videos.
In addition to the Mitch Perlmeter Scholarship Fund, we are thankful for the investment of other donors to establish funds at Harlam to make camp more affordable. The creation of the Weidhorn Family Scholarship Program for families with multiple children at Camp Harlam has provided sustainable assistance for families that face extreme challenges in trying to make a long-term possibility for more than one child. Similarly, we are looking forward to the establishment in 2019 of the Abe & Andi Morris Scholarship Fund to support children coming to Harlam that have lost a parent. We are also thankful for the creation of the James & Linda Wimmer Scholarship Fund to support more campers being able to experience a Harlam summer.
Over the years we have been able to add, renovate and expand buildings and facilities at Camp Harlam to create an extraordinary campus with abundant resources for our campers and staff. As as the years pass, the needs to maintain this commitment only grow. With the growth of our culture of philanthropy, we have been able to invest more than $5M in our Kunkletown facility since 2012, and this work will continue with your help.
The Arie Gluck Capital Fund (which was the beneficiary for all Harlam@60 and 1958 Club fundraising in celebration of our 60th anniversary) is our primary vehicle for the direction of capital donations.
Help Secure Our Future. We need our camp community more than ever. Camp extends beyond our physical locations and buildings. It dwells in our hearts, our lasting friendships, our values, and our souls. We are strengthened by camp’s vibrant community that has shaped Jewish lives for generations, and we know that we can always count on the Harlam family. A gift to the Harlam Sustainability Fund helps to secure the future of Harlam.
In addition to the Scholarship and Capital Funds described above, Harlam’s options for giving are always evolving. As of April 2017, we are thankful to offer donors the opportunity to support the Merfish Family Fund for Jewish Life (which has allowed Harlam to expand and improve its resources for t’fillah/worship at camp). Additionally, we welcome gifts to various endowment, restricted, and donor-directed funds. If you interested in more information about existing or potential new funds at Harlam, please contact our Development Director, Judith Friedman, at 610-668-0423, ext. 1035.
More Ways to Give
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Opportunities
Harlam has a new giving platform that can be made available for use by Harlamites that want to raise funds to support camp from their network of peers, family members, and/or colleagues. It is a user-friendly way for you to create an online fundraiser for Harlam. To create a peer to peer page for funds designated to the Harlam Sustainability Fund, please use this link. To create a peer to peer page for funds designated to the Arie Gluck Capital Fund or the Mitch Perlmeter Scholarship Fund, please use this link.
If you have any questions, please contact Judith Friedman, Harlam’s Development Director, at JGFriedman@URJ.org or 610-668-0423, ext. 1035.
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The Harlam Cookbook is full of beloved recipes from families and the secrets behind some of your favorite camp classics. A minimum donation of $18 to the Mitch Perlmeter Scholarship Fund will allow us to email you an electronic version of the cookbook.
Tribute cards are a wonderful way to celebrate a life event (birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, anniversary, wedding, etc.) or to send condolences or caring thoughts to friends and family while supporting Harlam. Purchase a pack of five cards for $50 that you can mail with your own message. Or, with a minimum donation of $18, camp will send out a tribute letter on your behalf (please be sure to include the tribute details in the tribute section of the form).
Checks can be made payable to “Camp Harlam” (please include “tribute cards” in the memo line) and mailed to: Development Team | Camp Harlam | 301 City Avenue, Suite 110 | Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
If you would prefer to purchase your pack of cards by credit card, please e-mail the details to Judith Friedman.
Chadar Ochel/Dining Hall Table Pieces
For a $36 donation, get a “piece” of camp history and help to support the growth and development of camp! Your donation will be directed to the Arie Gluck Capital Fund. Please include “Table Piece” in the memo line of your check or in the comments section on our online donation form.
If you would like the “piece” to be a gift, please be sure to include the tribute information and we will enclose a card on your behalf.
The Union for Reform Judaism is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. Your contributions are tax deductible, and an acknowledgment of your donation will be sent.