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October 18, 2018
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Introducing Schechter Spotlight, a new series that takes a look at individuals who have been impacted by Camp Solomon Schechter, and who, in return, have left their mark on our community.

This week we are spotlighting Dan Brown of Vancouver, BC. While this Dan is not the famous author of the Da Vinci Code, he has his own rich storied history with CSS. Dan started his Schechter journey as an Aleph camper in 1989 and was a part of the Oded class of ‘95. He went on to work as a counselor for two summers, Waterfront Supervisor, Head Staff, and, as of 2018, joined the CSS Board of Directors. We asked Dan to share some of his favorite memories of his time at CSS.

CSS: What’s your favorite memory as a camper?

DB: I have fond memories of Chef Al “The Kook” Bragga announcing that we’d be having lasagna for dinner. He would serve it on big metal trays right on the floor and the counselors would dish it up to campers from there. Right before he’d bring out the lasagna he’d shout, “It’s hot! Don’t step in it!”

CSS: We know lots of people have great memories of Al, and the famous lasagna dinners. We’d also like to add that we never serve anything off of the floor anymore! 

What’s your favorite memory as a staff member?

DB: One summer (around 1999), I painted my entire body red and rode a bike down the hill and off the end of the dock to kick off the water sports portion of Yom Sport. It’s probably still down there. Also we pulled off one of the most epic pranks one summer, where we moved Ben Sadeh’s car into the dining hall and set it up as a cabin’s table for breakfast.

CSS: Any other fun facts you’d like to share?

DB: Executive Director Zach Duitch and I were in the same cabin together in my very first year at camp, Aleph 1989. To this day, almost thirty years later, I’m still good friends with five of the ten members of that cabin. Also, I played the role of the Chehalis Rebbe for the first time this past summer. After being away from CSS for years, I found I could jump right back in!

Well Dan, we’re sure glad you jumped back in! And thanks for being the guinea pig in our new Schechter Spotlight series.

Check out the photo slideshow below! 

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October 9, 2018
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Bissel (bisl) – Noun: A little bit.

E.g. “I only speak a bissel of Yiddish.”

Now that we’ve finished our Yiddish lesson for the day, we are excited to tell you about a new overnight program at Camp Solomon Schechter — A Bissel of SchechterA Bissel of Schechter is a two-day, one-night Shabbaton, for current 1st-4th graders. Prospective and returning campers are invited to come down to camp to meet our amazing camp staff, play gaga, create art projects, sample a variety of sports activities, braid challah, celebrate Shabbat, eat in our new dining hall, sleep in our comfortable cabins, and sing and dance the night away! A Bissel of Schechter packs the magic of camp into two days!

The program will begin as campers board buses with our staff members and travel down to camp on Friday afternoon. Campers will meet the counselors, take a tour of camp, make new friends, and play lots of games. We’ll enjoy bringing in Shabbat together with singing and a delicious meal of Schechter’s famous matzah ball soup, fresh challah, chicken, rice, veggies, and a vegetarian option as well. Saturday will be packed with fun camp programs like a nature hike, boating, scavenger hunt, games and sports.

We invite A Bissel of Schechter families to join us Saturday late afternoon for a family program, dinner, and a moving havdalah service before we say goodbye! Parents will need to pick their campers up, as transportation will only be offered to camp.

Registration: If you have a child who has attended a Camp Solomon Schechter summer program before, you will login to your same CampInTouch account (if you forgot your password, there will be an option to reset it). Select “A Bissel of Schechter” as the session, and continue with the application. Questions? Give us a call at 206-447-1967.

Cost: $118 per participant, which covers transportation from the Bellevue/Seattle area or Portland area to camp and all meals and programs throughout the weekend, plus A Bissel of Schechter T-shirt! To discuss transportation options from other areas, please contact Carolyn, Camp Registrar at 206-447-1967 or by email.

This year A Bissel of Schechter will take place on March 1-2, 2019. See you there!

Register Today!


September 7, 2018
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Shalom CSS Community,

We wanted to reach out before the final Shabbat of 5778 and wish everyone one last Shabbat Shalom, and a heartfelt Shanah Tovah! We both really miss picking up the campers from their cabins on Friday evenings and singing songs as we walked together as a community down to the amphitheater to bring in Shabbat. Shabbat is a magical time at camp, and we hope your campers have brought some of that magic back with them.

As we turn our focus to the High Holidays and 5779, we are more dedicated than ever to learn from the past and strive to reach new heights. The central mitzvah (commandment) of Rosh Hashanah is to listen to the blast of the shofar. There is a great discussion in the talmud about this mitzvah, which centers around the difference between listening and hearing. The conclusion is that commandments must be accompanied by intention. In the same way that small-talk can be elevated to deep conversation by active listening between two people, an ordinary ram’s horn can be transformed into a spiritual instrument that can shake a listener out of complacency. In this way, the shofar is kind of like an alarm clock for the soul. It reminds us that we need to wake up, not just physically, but spiritually as well, and reach for a higher purpose in life.

For us at CSS, this lesson on the importance of listening is doubly meaningful at this time of year, because we also receive the CSI survey results for the previous summer. The survey, much like the shofar, reminds us that we must not become complacent. We must take a break from the routine of daily life to reflect and to listen to those around us, so that we can recalibrate and continue on towards our higher purpose.

We are so grateful to be working at a place where we can make a positive impact on the lives of children. We are thrilled to be able to create immersive and joyous Jewish experiences for our campers. We are so thankful for the many voices that have shared their thoughts, suggestions, and gratitude, to keep us moving forward in the right direction. In the spirit of Rosh Hashanah, we promise to listen with intention to our community, take time to reflect on our journey, and then get back to the sacred work of running a Jewish summer camp.

Shanah Tovah,
Zach Duitch, Josh Niehaus


January 11, 2018
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Camp Solomon Schechter announces a new session for Hebrew speakers! Schechter Shelanu is a weeklong session for campers going into 4 th -10 th grades, and runs during Gimmel session. We’re offering a rich and unique fun-filled program in Hebrew.

Schechter Shelanu runs from July 25 through July 31, 2018, and includes:

  • A rich program about Israel and Israeli culture in Hebrew
  • Experienced local and Israeli Hebrew-speaking staff
  • Nutritious and healthy Kosher meals, that include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten- free options
  • 24/7 fully-staffed health center, cabins with showers and restrooms, challenge course, art center, soccer field, basketball courts, baseball diamond, gaga, and a private lake with boats, kayaks, paddleboards and water toys
  • Programming such as archery, rock-climbing wall, zip lines, low and high ropes course, singing, dancing, environmental education, cooking, and camp fires
  • For an additional fee, Campers in grades 8-10 may choose to stay on through the remaining two weeks of Gimmel session, after the end of Schechter Shelanu.

Date: 7/25-7/31
Cost: $1,005


January 11, 2018
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Camp Solomon Schechter announces a new option for younger campers! If your rising 1 st or 2 nd grader would like to experience the magic and adventure of Schechter, they can join one of our new 4-day/3- night sessions, called Schechter Katan. With a higher staff-to- camper ratio and specialized age-based programming, Schechter Katan offers your camper the opportunity to thrive in a wonderfully active and immersive Schechter adventure. Set at the same time as Aleph and Bet session, Schechter Katan campers will experience the magic of camp, while receiving the right amount of support to be successful!

Schechter Katan includes:

  • A rich, meaningful program about Jewish ritual, themes, traditions and values
  • Experienced local staff
  • Nutritious and healthy Kosher meals, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
  • 24/7 fully-staffed medical center, cabins with indoor showers and restrooms, art center, soccer field, basketball courts, baseball diamond, 3 gaga pits, lake with boats, kayaks and water toys
  • Programming will include rock-climbing wall, singing, dancing, environmental education, cooking, campfire
  • Top-notch leadership team with decades of experience in managing camps

Schechter Katan runs from:

  • July 14 – July 17, 2019
  • July 18 – July 21, 2019
  • August 11 – August 14, 2019

The cost of each session is $525.


August 14, 2016

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Goldie Stampfer, z"l. With her husband of 72 years, Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Goldie was a beloved founder of Camp Solomon Schechter and a tireless advocate for creating a place "where Judaism and joy are one" for every camper.


August 12, 2016

I am always surprised when we get to the last Shabbat of the summer! Time flies when you're having fun, and I sure had fun this summer, as did all of our campers and staff. (Indulging in one of my favorite pastimes of the summer, this morning...


August 2, 2016

On Monday, August 1, the Sephardic Adventure Camp (SAC), an Orthodox camp from Washington State, was evacuated from their campsite in eastern Washington due to a forest fire. Consistent with our Jewish value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests), we will be hosting SAC at Camp Solomon Schechter August 5 - 17; and our staff will embrace...