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JCamps: Camp Haverim and Camp Yeladim

Irvine, CA • Established 2014

JCamps: Camp Haverim and Camp Yeladim Details

1 Federation Way
Irvine, CA 92603


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Affiliated with Merage JCC of Orange County

Day Camp

Camp accepts special needs children on a case by case basis.

Session Lengths: 3 Weeks

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The JCamps: Camp Haverim and Camp Yeladim Story

The Merage JCC’s Camp Haverim and Camp Yeladim provide opportunities for campers from two to teens to have a summer of fun and exploration, swimming and water play, arts and crafts and more. At our 10-acre campus, campers choose from sports, science, art, theater and Judaic activities. Each day offers recreation and a wide variety of special activities and programs. Our experienced and talented staff help campers make friends and memories, gain or improve skills and independence all while having fun. Hands-on Jewish culture is shared through art, music and drama, Friday Shabbat programs and our Summer Shlichim program are led by Israeli counselors and specialists. Our J Camp Haverim, for grades TK-11, is proud to maintain ACA accreditation. The staff includes six full-time JCC staff. Professionally trained and experienced college students serve as counselors and specialists and are experts in their fields including art, sports, science, Israeli dance & Israeli culture. J Camp Yeladim for campers ages 2-5 creates magical summer experiences in the security of our nurturing Early Childhood Learning Center. Our credentialed and highly trained early childhood educators guide your child through a summer of making new friends, learning, creativity, imagination and of course, lots of fun! Children enjoy various types of water play daily including splashing in the pool, water slides, water tables, sand and water play. Each week, special guests and visitors enrich our campers with exciting programs such as magic shows, science experiments, exotic animals, music concerts and dramatic performance.

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Why We Host Schlichim

"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