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.

Complete a Letter of Intent

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 Lisa Stanton, Development and Alumni Relations Manager, at 267-635-0343 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.

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