Religions and Spirituality

COS-SJCC Offer Summer Travel Camp for Middle School-Aged Kids

A day-trip to a local water park is one of the activities that will be part of the Camp Tiyul experience.

SUMMIT, NJ - Congregation Ohr Shalom (COS) - Summit Jewish Community Center (SJCC) will host Camp Tiyul, a two-week travel camp for middle-schoolers featuring day trips to water parks, New York City tourist attractions, Six Flags, and more.

Stacey David, director at the Rabbi William Horn and Dena Religious school at COS-SJCC, started the camp to give kids who may have outgrown day camp an opportunity to have fun and enjoy being with other teens.  The trips will leave from the synagogue in the morning and return every afternoon. 

Through Camp Tiyul, 40 kids entering seventh through ninth grades will go on a different bus trip every day (“tiyul” is Hebrew for “tour”).  Campers will bring their own lunches to keep down costs. Registration for the program is now open, and Camp Tiyul will run Aug. 4-15.   Campers can sign up for one or two week sessions at cost of $500 for one week. and $1,000 for two weeks.  There is a reduced fee for COS members at  $450 for one week, and $900 for two weeks.

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Although the trips themselves are not Jewish, David said she plans to infuse each day with a bit of Yiddishkeit.  There will be Israel updates on the bus every day, along with a talk about Jewish values related to the destination.  Each week will include a day of community service, which will be both fun and meaningful.

For more information on Camp Tiyul, contact David at 908 / 273-2800 or

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