What is Camp Kesher?

Since 1998, Camp Kesher has provided a joyous experience for all who seek to deepen family, friendship, and spiritual connections in a Reform Jewish environment.

Back then, Amy Gray and Esther Schorr recognized the need for a multi-generational camp experience for the local Reform Jewish community. They organized the first Camp Kesher, which was a rousing success. Today the camp is run as a joint project among Temple Beth Am, Temple B’nai Torah, and Temple De Hirsch Sinai, and campers come from most of the Reform congregations throughout the northwest, from Olympia to Bellingham.

Every Labor Day weekend, we join together as one community to play, pray, and study together. While the grown-ups attend scholar sessions, the kids are engaged in camp activities including music, arts and crafts, boating, and ga-ga. Afternoon workshops offer everything from challah-braiding to book discussions to the annual softball game – or time to hang out on the beach or go for a hike. In the evenings there’s Israeli dancing, singing, bedtime stories for the little ones, game night, and a talent show like you won’t see anywhere else. There’s even age-appropriate evening programming for the teens.