Build for the future.

When Camp Havaya opened its doors as Camp JRF in 2002 with 39 campers on a rented facility outside Chicago, our founders hoped they were planting seeds that would grew into a thriving forest.

Today, Camp Havaya is one of the most well-respected non-profit Jewish summer camps in North America. In the last fifteen years, we have purchased the beautiful Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Campus in South Sterling, Pennsylvania; constructed a one-of-a-kind Eco-Village to expand our capacity and provide a tangible lesson to our campers on sustainable living; and forged an ever-stronger relationship with the Reconstructionist movement. Every summer, more than 400 campers and 100 staff and faculty members come together to create a joyful and welcoming Jewish youth community that transforms lives.

We turn now to our founders, long-time supporters, alumni, and friends to ask for help to perpetuate the Camp Havaya experience for generations to come. Members of the L’chaim and Legacy Society will have made bequests and/or planned gifts, identifying themselves and devoted sustainers of our work and community. Society members will be publicly recognized on our website and on an annual basis in our monthly newsletter; they will be invited each summer to join our Camp community for Shabbat in the Poconos; and, most significantly, they will know that their contribution will help to perpetuate our values m’dor l’dor – from generation to generation.

Become a L’chaim and Legacy Society Member.

Camp Havaya L’chaim and Legacy Society members are individuals or families who have made a commitment to ensure that the future of Camp Havaya will be as vibrant and welcoming for Jewish children as it is today.

Please join us in ensuring Camp’s continued success by making a planned gift today. Your generosity will benefit future generations of Camp Havaya campers and staff — and the Jewish community as a whole.

Join Us!

L’chaim and Legacy Society Members are donors who have made a bequest or planned gift in their estate plans, as well as those who have created an endowment fund of more than $10,000.

To join us, simply complete a Letter of Intent and return it to our office.

If you have already named Camp Havaya in your will or estate plan, thank you! Please take a moment to send us the Letter of Intent so we can welcome you to the L’chaim and Legacy Society.

Please contact Rachael Burgess, Advancement Officer, at 215-576-0800 x141 or for more information or to become a member.

Thank you!

The following supporters have generously made commitments to include Camp Havaya in their legacy plans.

Anonymous (12) •  Carol Hirsh Blechman and Joel M. Blechman •  Sam Book z”l • Elliot and Samantha Calloway •  Abraham Clott and Sabirzyan Badertdinov •  Elana Cutler •  Sheira Director-Nowack •  Cynthia Ehrenkrantz •  Rabbi Jeff Eisenstat •  Carol and Jack Feder •  Harold Grinspoon •  Doris and Hans Grunwald •  Elizabeth Heigl z”l •  Konow-Garretson Family •  Marla and Nicole Izbicky •  Maris and Jesse Krasnow •  Patrick Lacefield and Dinah Leventhal •  Debra Fried Levin and Josh Levin •  Lea Mendel z”l •  Esther F. Miller •  Sami and Shep Moore-Berg •  Ali Moss •  Lani B. Moss •  Deborah Newberger •  Carol and Stan Newman •  Kayla Niles •  Michael and Bonnie Nolan •  Arlene and Rick Pincus •  Steven Prince •  Rawson-Dannenbaum Family Trust •  Gary and Deborah Richardson •  Rabbi Rebecca Richman and Josh Davidson •  Cindy Shulak-Rome and Dan Rome •  Rabbi Isaac Saposnik and Jeanne Calloway •  Suzanne and Alan Saposnik •  Rabbi Jeffrey and Dr. Deborah Schein •  Rabbi Sidney Schwarz and Sandy Perlstein •  Lauren and Jeremy Seaver and Family •  Donald and Arlene Shapiro •  Harold Shapiro z”l •  Michael and Susan Sofman •  Judith A. Spatz •  Rabbi David and Betsy Teutsch •  Elizabeth and Jeffrey Toretsky •  Aaron Ziegelman •  Mark and Margie Zivin

We are grateful to JCamp 180 and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for their support in launching the Camp Havaya L’chaim and Legacy Society.

Camp JRF is now Camp Havaya.

Worry not! We have a new name but, deep down, we’re still the same incredibly diverse and welcoming community where kids explore Judaism in their own ways and become the best versions of themselves.

Learn more about why we chose this name or click through to visit our website. Either way, we can’t wait to welcome you to Camp Havaya this summer!