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About EKC Philosophy

Mission Statement

Emma Kaufmann Camp exists to provide and promote the following to our customers;

  1. Personal and individual growth
  2. Jewish identity & values including Israel Experiences
  3. Leadership and Educational opportunities
  4. Outstanding activities & instruction led by trained and qualified staff

All of these are offered in a safe and stimulating child-centered camping environment for children and teens while preserving and participating in the natural environment

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and Emma Kaufmann Camp are open and accessible to everyone, regardless of age, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or special need by welcoming individuals of all backgrounds, embracing their uniqueness and diversity under our communal tent.

Jewish Plan

The overnight camp experience at Emma Kaufmann Camp promotes Jewish identity, continuity, and community in an informal and enjoyable atmosphere. We strive to “think deeply” about the nature of the Israel experience in an important Jewish educational institution. We do this by enhancing Jewish learning & creating meaningful cultural activities through important daily rituals and traditions, including

  • Shabbat
  • Singing and Dancing
  • Ruach (spirit)
  • Judaica/Jewish Art
  • Usage of Hebrew words in daily schedule, activities and programs
  • Prayer
  • Kesher (connection) to Israel (Israel Education and Culture)

Living Jewishly at EKC encompasses the welcoming tradition of hachnasat orchim, inclusive of children of all backgrounds. Values rooted in our Jewish heritage set the tone for daily life at camp which will shape a Jewish vision for the camp that inspires children, staff, parents and alumni. Understanding Jewish values will offer our campers and staff the opportunity to live better lives and have stronger Jewish identities. Examples of the values we instill are kovod (respect), derekh eretz (appropriate behavior) rachmanut (compassion) and tzedakah & gemilut chasadim (righteousness and acts of loving kindness).

The camp community welcomes Shabbat with spirit and song and Israeli schlichim (emissaries) help campers build a connection to the people and land of Israel. Last year, EKC became the first overnight camp in the JCC movement to develop a foundational leadership and experiential Israel seminar for all EKC Counselors in Training, and our goal is for every staff member at Emma Kaufmann Camp to have had a significant Israel experience.

EKC Values

EKC staff and camper’s model enthusiasm for Jewish identity and values & celebrate Jewish and Israeli culture by building community and lifelong friendships (yedidut).

Living Jewishly at EKC encompasses the welcoming tradition of hachnasat orchim, inclusive of children of all backgrounds. Values rooted in our Jewish heritage set the tone for daily life at camp which will shape a Jewish vision that inspires children, staff, parents and alumni. Understanding Jewish values will offer our campers & staff the opportunity to live better lives and have stronger Jewish identities.

Moral Qualities (Building a community)

  • Kovod (respect)
  • Kashrut – Kovod for life
  • Mezuzah – Kovod for god
  • B’tzelem Elyhim – Kovod for each other
  • getting to know people individually
  • B’seiver Panim Yafot – greeting people in a nice manner

Derekh Eretz (appropriate behavior) – respecting personal property

  • good sportsmanship
  • manners at meals and throughout camp
  • Rachamim – Compassion (Rachmanut)
  • Lashon Tov (refraining from gossip…Lashon Hara (Gossip)
  • Ereych Apayim – Self control
  • Examples – refraining from gossip and respecting personal property show self-control

Mitzvot

  • Kashrut
  • Tikun Olam/Mitzvot/Avodah/Tzedakah/gemilut chasadim (good deeds/acts of loving kindness and/or repairing the world)
  • Shabbat (rest, rejuvenation of body and soul)
  • Shalom Bayit (learning to live together)

Cabin rules

  • Family (Eating meals, before bedtime, flagpole, mornings – helping with wake up) ***Concept of a peaceful home is a Mitzvah

Personal Growth (individual accomplishments)

  • Ometz Lev – Courage
  • Trying new things
  • Independence
  • D’veykut b’matara – Perseverance
  • Jewish Learning and Spirituality
  • Israel – exploring educational and cultural aspects of Israel