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We believe it’s imperative to support meaningful connections with girls, wherever they may be, even from home this winter.

So, let us bring the warmth to YOU!

You’ve probably heard about our 15th anniversary JGU Winter Retreat in East Greenbush, December 29-January 2… “But what if a girl can’t make it?”

We want to invite her to a Virtual Winter Shabbaton (prior to the JGU Winter Retreat), December 23-26, including two evenings and two mornings with a break over Shabbos.

Read on for a tentative schedule!

Thursday: 6:30-9:00pm ET

Challah baking, part 1
Game of “bluff” on the week’s Torah potion
Challah baking, part 2
Talent show

Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm ET

Fitness / dance
G.R.O.W. Connection Circle
Shabbos craft/DIY
Group cooking for Shabbos
Game of Kahoot on the laws of Shabbos / Parsha drama

Motzo’ei Shabbos (Saturday night): 6:30-9:00pm ET

Melaveh Malka / sing-along (kumzitz)
Science experiment
Movie Night
Stories and virtual sleepover

Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm ET

Welcome & check-in
Theme activity (journal, play the game of priorities, share your passions)
Art with Chana Laber @laberoflove
Book club, featuring The Exiles of Crocodile Island by Henye Meyer
Lunch and Awards ceremony

Do you have doubts about the online experience?

We get it. The classic camp experience with all its feels is unparalleled!  But we’re not the only ones who have felt the magic online, too. Moms speak:

“Etel made so many new friends from all around the world. …It’s so beautiful to see how JGU brings out all of her talents and builds her confidence too!” -Rochel Gurkow, Mom

“Susie is getting a tremendous sense of tradition, values, morals, fun, productivity, and love and friendship. She says, ‘I feel like a changed person since starting camp!’” -Lisa Berger, Mom

“Dina loves the camp… It is an amazing experience… It has a feel of the overnight camp where you meet the girls from all over the country [but] I get to see what she does and she is able to share her wonderful experiences with the family…” -Polina Tsikman, Mom


Virtual Winter Shabbaton

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(Psst! Sunday morning is a bonus, no charge included: You're either already signed up for Creative Online Club or a new participant, in which case you'll be our guest!)

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