This weekend will be filled with unique programming dedicated to meeting with old friends and new, experiencing the magic of Shabbat at camp, and relaxing and having fun!
CSS Women’s Getaway 2023 Committee
Melissa Abu (Bloom) Co-Chair
Naomi Leavitt Co-Chair
Rabbi Eve Posen
What to Expect
Camp Solomon Schechter (CSS) Women’s Getaway is right around the corner. We are so excited to welcome everyone to camp, whether you are a “first-timer” or you are a seasoned veteran, Schechter Women’s Getaway will be an unforgettable experience for YOU.
Here is the information and tips you need to help you get ready and excited for Women’s Getaway.
Arrival for the weekend is from 2pm – 4pm and our program will end at 11:30am on Sunday morning. Meals will be provided from dinner on Friday through breakfast on Sunday. Snacks are available throughout the weekend.
Everyone attending Women’s Getaway 2023 must have full COVID-19 vaccinations. All attendees will also need to present a negative test result taken within 24 hours of arrival at camp for Women’s Getaway. The test can be a PCR test or a rapid antigen test. We recommend the following to ensure a negative test:
- Avoid crowded places, close contact settings and confined spaces the 72 hours before testing.
- Test 24hrs before Women’s Getaway – contact Leah Conley if someone in your family tests positive (required)
- Stay home if you’re experiencing COVID-like symptoms before coming to camp
From art projects to hikes, trips up the climbing tower, GaGa, boating, and so much more, there is a lot going on at Women’s Getaway, and we want to make sure that you pack accordingly.
Please do not bring valuable or sentimental items to camp. Camp is not responsible for lost or broken items.
Camp has a lot of uneven and rocky terrain, and is located on a hill. Please wear shoes that you can move around in. We do not recommend bringing high heels nor platform shoes. All of the buildings and cabins used during the weekend are heated. However, you will be walking between buildings and we want you to be comfortable. Please pack accordingly- a suggested packing list is below. Camp weather can vary and get cool at night.
There is a new tradition at camp to wear white for Shabbat. Please bring white clothes for Shabbat if you are able. We wear something a bit nicer on shabbat than the rest of the week to make Shabbat that much more special.
Long Sleeve Shirts
Lots of Socks and Undies!
Raincoat (hopefully won’t use it)
Hiking Shoes or boots
Blanket or Sleeping Bag
Any other health and toiletry supplies you otherwise use
Medication you would use
Journal, writing utensils
Talit/Tefillin, Kippah if that’s your custom
Adult Beverages if Desired – Wine will be served at all dinners and there will be some signature cocktails at the Saturday night Program.
We love cats, dogs, snakes, and rabbits… but they can’t come to Women’s Getaway. No pets allowed.
CSS is a kosher and nut-free facility, so all food needs to have a hechsher (kosher symbol) and be nut-free.
CSS is a weapons-free facility (besides the archery bow and arrows we provide).
Shabbat: A Time Apart
Shabbat is a special part of the week- a time to rest, relax, and simply be. It’s a beautiful time to enjoy, connect with other people or yourself, and to fall in love with camp. We will have singing, blessings before and after meals, and optional prayers on Saturday morning. On Friday night, we hope to gather as a whole community together to mark the beginning of our weekend together.
We highly encourage you to unplug from technology (if possible) to be present and connect with our community. We ask that if you do need to use your cell phone during shabbat, you do so discreetly in a private space.
We can’t wait to celebrate Shabbat with you!
Other Important Information
Special requests must be noted in registration and in the questionnaire, no later than January 1, 2023. Based on this information, staff and committee members will be assigning cabins and rooms. Arrangements will be done to the best of everyone’s availability, and no guarantees can be made.
Private rooms are sold out at this time, and there is a waiting list. All cabins come with bathrooms, including showers. Cabins have bunks. Private rooms have shared bathrooms that include showers.
Please be in touch with Leah Conely about any cancellation needs. As we have a wait list, we appreciate prompt communication and will attempt to fill your spot.
Campus has a locked gate with a coded entrance. Once the gate is closed on Friday night, we ask everyone to stay on property until departure time at the end of our weekend together. We have a facilities manager who lives on site in case of any emergency. We are also located near a hospital and will have volunteer medical professionals onsite with us for the weekend.
We have women from all over the US and Canada coming for this wonderful weekend. Our ages range from 20’s- 70’s! Some are first timers to Camp, and some are second or third generation “campers!” Everyone coming has choices and options galore throughout the weekend. Our goal is to make this your weekend with Camp. The CSS Women’s Getaway is open to women 21 and over.
Throughout the weekend, you will have opportunities to give to camp, and help make a child’s summer the best ever. Your contribution makes a difference.
A detailed schedule will be sent out before our weekend. All programs and activities are optional! One of the best parts about the weekend is that there are many different choices for things like chuggim (electives) and even for prayers and services. You get to choose what makes this weekend yours.
Our committee members have been hard at work making incredible things happen for a jam packed weekend. We are excited to offer you so many great possibilities to choose from.
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Each of our beautiful, clean, rustic cabins at Camp Solomon Schechter holds 8-14 campers and at least two counselors. All cabins are equipped with a bathroom and shower inside, and a porch area for shoes and wet clothing. Our Yurts have communal bathrooms and showers. There are cubbies in each cabin where campers can unpack their clothing, allowing for a tidy and sanitary living space. The cabins are cleaned daily by campers and staff.
Camp Solomon Schechter’s policy of inclusion means that we try to accommodate as many campers as possible, but our programming is not specifically geared towards families with special needs. We are happy to discuss your specific needs to see if we would be the right fit! Campers unable to readily communicate with other campers and staff, toilet and groom themselves, or move about the cabin without assistance will need to provide their own integration aide to assist them during Camp. It is up to the parents to find and secure the needed 24-hour integration aide for their camper with special needs. Your local Jewish Family Services is often a good starting point.
Camp Solomon Schechter is a Kosher camp, meaning that all food both in and out of the Chadar Ochel (dining hall) is Kosher. At every meal, we have vegetarian, vegan, and lactose intolerant options. CSS is a peanut- and tree nut-free facility. We strive to accommodate all dietary issues, although that is not always possible. Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact us. Email our Registrar, Adi Azoulai.
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