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After a successful pilot in 2022, Camp Harlam is proud to unveil Avodah, a new vocational education program for participants in the disabilities community ages 17-28.  With a strong model of inclusion for campers at Harlam, we are excited to be able to extend the experience into the years of working and opportunity to give back.  Participants will be able to contribute to the functioning of camp in a variety of jobs, depending upon the interests and skills of the group and individual.  Participants will live together, supervised by program staff.  These opportunities will help promote the goals of increasing skills around independence, confidence, socialization, time management and taking initiative.   Participants will continue to feel valued and experience a sense of belonging and appreciation within the Harlam community.

Our 2023 Avodah program will run during Camp Harlam’s 1st Session, from June 21-July 16. The cost to participate is $3120. Participants will get to have hands-on experiences supporting the many facets of camp, including running the staff coffee cart, the 4th of July Carnival, Color War, athletics and arts programming, mail delivery and other special projects.  Participants will enjoy many aspects of camp life including swimming, trips out of camp and the ruach of song session and the sweetness of Shabbat.

Jobs in camp could include:

  • Support staff for program areas
  • Assisting in Camp K’ton (with children ages 2-7)
  • Office work (mail sorting and delivery, copying, shredding)
  • Operations (canteen, milk squad, snack distribution, water coolers)
  • Staff Coffee Cart
  • Supporting all camp activities

Benefits include:

  • Sharing in the creation of a kehilla kedosha (sacred community)
  • Fostering opportunities for social inclusion with the campers
  • Hands on training opportunities with our Gesher (CIT) program
  • Continued relationship with camp and the benefits of being in the Harlam community

If you are interested in working as a staff member to support this program, please reach out to Aaron Soloman at asoloman@urj.org.

If you are interested in learning more about having your child participate in this program, please reach out to Lori Zlotoff at lzlotoff@urj.org.