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    Family Retreat 2017 at Camp Newman: Frequently Asked Questions

    Registration is now full. Please contact Luba Palant at [email protected] to be placed on a waiting list.


    Payment and Cancellation
    A full payment is required to secure your reservation.

    We understand that plans sometimes change, so we allow you to cancel your reservation without penalty until Monday, February 13, 2017 by emailing Marla Goodman at [email protected]. The cancellations submitted after that date will not be refundable unless we are able to fill your spot with another family from the waiting list.

    Arrival and Departure

    Friday check-in begins at 4:00 PM. The dinner is served at 6:30 PM. We recommend departing the Palo Alto area on Friday by NOON, if at all possible. Our counselors will be ready to help keep your children entertained from 4:00 PM until dinner. The dinner will be held for your family in case of late arrival. 

    Sunday departure is at 11:00 AM. You may stay at Camp Newman until 12:00 PM. A box lunch will be available for all.


    Our group will be staying in several buildings that are located near the dining hall and our activity areas. Your family will receive a single room cabin with a private bathroom with shower stall. Accommodations are somewhat rustic (it's where campers sleep during the summer). Towels and bedding are NOT provided. There are no cribs available. You will be notified of your cabin assignment and bed configuration a week prior to the camp weekend.

    Food and Special Dietary Requests

    All meals are included and prepared by Camp's staff. Snacks and drinks will be available throughout our stay. We have requested that all meals and snacks be peanut- and nut-free. We will be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions per request. Meals will include kosher meat entrees. Vegetarian option is available by request. Please note that while all the ingredients used for our meals will be kosher, the kitchen itself is not under kosher supervision.  

    The Program

    When participants arrive at the camp they will receive a full schedule for the weekend. The program will have brief family-friendly services on Friday night following dinner and Saturday morning (feel free to bring a kippah and tallit if you like).

    We will offer family hikes around and near the camp, storytelling, family/adult sports, art activities, children's activities, Havdallah, a Purim celebration, a campfire, social activities for the grown-ups and more! If the weather is too wet there will be alternative indoor activities provided.

    Patrol service will be offered for all families wishing to participate in late night adult social activities, while children are asleep in cabins.

    Talent Show
    Saturday night we will be having a Family Purim Celebration and a Talent Show. Please remember to bring Purim costumes for all members of your family. Start rehearsing your costume presentation and a Talent Show performance! Be sure to pack any props/instruments you may need.


    The average forecast for our weekend is usually sunny/partly cloudy and mid-50/70 degrees during the day and down to about 50/30 degrees at night but that might change. We recommend bringing clothes and wet weather clothing that can be layered so you can easily adjust to the changing temperature throughout the day.

    Packing List:

    • Sleeping bag and/or fitted sheet, extra blanket, pillow 
    • Toiletries, towels, washcloth
    • Clothing for 2 days and 2 nights—include WARM clothing for the evenings and a white shirt or outfit for Friday night 
    • Closed toe shoes required (an extra pair is recommended); rain boots in case of rain
    • Umbrella or rain poncho
    • Picnic blanket
    • Purim costume (optional)

    Please note that the swimming pool will be closed so there is no need to bring a swim suit.


    There will be NO doctor or nurse on staff for the weekend. OFJCC staff members are CPR-First Aid certified. We ask participants to bring their own medications and basic first aid. There is a list of nearby medical facilities posted at the camp.

    Communication and Electronics
    There is NO Wi-Fi/Internet connectivity at the camp, and cell reception is extremely limited. We will provide the camp's phone number for those participants wishing to leave a number at which they can be contacted. This phone has an answering machine that is checked approximately every two hours.

    If you have more questions, please contact Marla Goodman, the OFJCC Manager for Family Engagement, at [email protected]



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