The Albany JCC offers 3 day camps for children ages 3-15. The onsite preschool camp is called Taf for 3-5 year olds. Activities include Daily Swim Lessons, Art, Nature, Sports, Israeli Dance, theme weeks, weekly Oneg Shabbat, and Kindergarten field trip to Camp Olam in Grafton. Camp Olam is for children entering 1st-6th grades. This offsite camp located near Grafton, NY has 120 acres of land including a lake for boating and swimming. There is also an extensive high and low ropes adventure course. Other activities include Sports, Art, Nature, Israeli Dance, weekly Oneg Shabbat, theme weeks, field trips, and overnights.
Teen Camp is located at Warner’s Lake in East Berne, NY. This day camp offers water skiing, tubing, knee boarding, sailing, kayaking, swimming, sports, art, Maccabi Color Games, field trips, overnights, and week-long excursions. There are also a wide variety of Specialty Camps at the JCC and at Camp Olam for various ages. These include Soccer, Circus, Adventure, British Sports, Lego Robotics, Mad Science, Baseball and Dance Camps.
Camp Director since March 2006, Andrew has been apart of the JCC since age 5 with its summer camps and afterschool programs. Andrew was a Teen Camp CIT and Counselor from 1995-1997. He graduated from UAlbany in 2001 with a Bachelor's in Anthropology.
Assistant Youth Director | Miriam Shor
Miriam has been working for the Albany JCC since Sept 1994 as a Kindergarten Assistant Teacher, Afterschool counsleor and Assistant Director, Co-Director for onsite day camp, and Assistant Site Director for Camp Olam. She is currently an Albany School teacher during the school year with a Masters in Education.
"Hosting Shlichim during the summers remains a wonderful experience for our family. Each year we meet dynamic and fascinating young Israelis with whom we maintain contact long after the summer has gone. Our kids are the greatest beneficiaries of the experience, finding in the Shlichim individuals who they come to regard as older siblings. It is an event we look forward to every year with good reason and plan on continuing for years to come."
- Soberman Family, The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp, Prosserman JCC
Connecting with Israel
“Although it was so new, Israel brought upon me a familiar sense of belonging much like what I feel at Camp Chi every summer. The ability to be in a place where one feels so free and proud to be a Jew is a feeling that makes me so proud to be involved in my Jewish heritage.”
- Joshua Krawitz, 17, Camp Chi, JCC Chicago