Meet your new best friends. Discover your hidden gifts and talents. Be a prouder, smarter Jew.

Jewish UnCamp is a Jewish summer camp for independent Jewish high school girls, ages 16-19.

At UnCamp, you'll make one-of-a-kind connections with girls from around the world.

Hike, bike, create, paint, ride horses, swim, write, kayak, climb and spend 3 magical shabbats.

It's a phenomenal experience you literally won't find anyplace else.


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Because your identity and your mission are on the line -

We'll learn about souls and purpose. What true love means. Why Shabbat. What to do to prevent anxiety and heartache. How to be a best friend. What does Judaism really think of women. What being a light to the nations means and how to make a real difference in the world, starting today.

Keep reading to see more of what’s on the agenda - including breathtaking outdoor trips and art-making.


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Who comes?


Are you open-minded and adventurous?

Did you have an awesome time at the CTeen Shabbaton? Are you part of a Jewish club, like USY, NCSY or BBYO? Did you go on Heritage Quest?

Are you looking for MORE – more learning, more connections, more FUN?

If you answered yes to any of this, and you're a Jewish high school girl between 16 and 19, Jewish UnCamp is right for you.

You don’t need any background in Jewish studies (just some genuine curiosity) and you don’t need to come with a friend because you’re going to make plenty when you’re with us. Check out our pics to see what that looks like.

And did we mention – it’s girls only. That's because when girls get together, we bond instantly. We understand each other. There's no judgment, no pretending and no one's trying to impress anyone. You're going to love that.

"I learned more in 3 weeks here than I did in 10 years of school. It was like a crash course on Judaism and Life."   

  – Jenn from Washington

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Great ideas, great people.

Horseback riding. Hiking. Canoeing. Climbing the high wall. Biking. Swimming. High and low ropes course. Ceramics, painting, silks and multi-media.

Don't miss the late-night cook-fests, basketball and campfires, talent shows, challah baking, delicious kosher food prepared by our chef and 3 magical Shabbats.

And get your questions ready. We'll be in the lounge every night for lively discussions about the things that matter most to teen girls. Your biggest questions get answered by You Tube's #1 Rabbi Manis Friedman and others.

"I met so many awesome Jewish girls from all over the world and we’re so close now. I feel so lucky."    – Julie from Texas


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We'll be at The Peaks Retreat and Adventure Center in Thaxton, VA.

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What's on the agenda at UnCamp

What does it mean to be a Jew today and why should I care?

How should we respond to anti-semitism?

What does Judaism say about love, technology and culture, gender issues and world peace?

What are our responsibilities to ourselves, our families and to others?

The Jewish UnCamp is your chance to explore life’s big questions through the lens of Judaism.

And with over three thousand years of Jewish wisdom to tap into, it’s going to be a wild few weeks.

At the UnCamp you’ll find out what love really means. What the nature of the soul is.

How to get rid of anxiety, sadness and feelings of insecurity. Why Jewish medical ethics is more important today than ever. How understanding the human psyche can prevent a lot of heartache.

What Jews believe. What the secret to Jewish dating is. Why we keep kosher. What dreams mean. How faith, free will and reincarnation are connected.

Why Jews have kept Shabbat through thick and thin. What the key to happiness is. What about other religions. Why bad things happen to good people. And more, much more.

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At the nightly Q&A session, no topic is off limits. This isn’t someone else’s agenda, it’s yours.

Art & More

Ceramics. Acrylics. Collage. Silk-dying. Watercolor. Multi-media. Spoken word poetry. Roll up your sleeves and have some fun with it. Our art teacher, Aarah, has a philosophy about this. Art helps us make choices and identify personal limitations. When to take control, when to let go, and how to step back to behold the resulting beauty. Take the time to try something new and see what happens.

"I met the best people and learned so much. Coolest summer ever!" – Abigail from Portland


Apply Now.

Application Fee: $50

Full Session: $3600

For more information about scholarships, check off the option for scholarships on your application. If you need a deferred payment plan or financial assistance, please call our office at (718) 604-0088 or email

Got questions? Want to hear more? Email us or call 718.604.0088  – we’d love to hear from you!

"I can't wait to go back. I want to be in a place where I get to really think."      – Esther from Denmark

They're smart, insightful and funny and only want the best for you.

Meet this summer's staff.


Rabbi Manis Friedman

Rabbi Friedman’s nightly not-to-be-missed Q&A is your chance to ask your big questions about life and to get answers that actually make sense. You find out very quickly why Rabbi Friedman is YouTube's #1 Rabbi.


Aarah Aizman

Leave behind everything you thought you knew about art and artists. Aarah is more coach than instructor. She wants to see you experiment and explore – not strive for perfection.

UnCamp Health & Safety Rules

Jewish UnCamp is drug, alcohol and smoke free. You must follow UnCamp safety rules at all times.  
Jewish UnCamp is drug and alcohol free (except for wine on Shabbat).
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