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Family-based Jewish learning in a social camp atmosphere every Shabbat morning.
For children (JK-8), welcoming the participation of parents, grandparents, and younger siblings.


Saturday mornings October to June.

What is Machaneh Shabbat?

Machaneh Shabbat (Shabbat Camp) is an inclusive, family-based Jewish learning adventure!

Even in this global crisis, Machaneh Shabbat will be meeting remotely for Shacharit Shabbat-inspired sing-alongs, Hebrew through Movement learning, hands-on activities and exploration of our Torah stories, all maintaining our ‘social camp’ atmosphere.

We believe that we can ignite the lifelong spark for Jewish living and learning through community connection and experience-based learning. 

Our program:

  • Empowers families to explore their Judaism and its connection to the wider world together;
  • Explores something new and fun each week using the Shabbat Morning Prayers, Torah cycle and the Jewish calendar to guide our adventures;
  • Is a Jewish, inclusive environment;
  • Uses digital get-together and at-home tools to help families grow (Morah Jenny YouTube tutorials, zoom time together exploring Torah, Prayers, Hebrew and Holidays, DIY activities to create and share)
  • Unpacks Shabbat services along with key Hebrew vocabulary through story, actions and music to develop prayer fluency and comfort;
  • Uses storytelling, art, music, debate, building, social action, cooking and more to celebrate Shabbat;
  • Is fun!
Our program is broken into two cohorts:
Machaneh Aleph for young children (0-4), where we focus on stories, songs and Judaism through movement activities. This group meets for 30 minutes virtually, with at-home material to explore at your leisure.
Machaneh Bet for school age children (4 and up), where we focus on Torah values and characters, the meat of our Jewish holidays, and familiarity with important prayers. This group meets virtually for 45minutes, with at-home activities to explore at your leisure.


Even in our new online format, we encourage you to experience our special program by dropping in for a trial session - or several (a donation of $36 per session is welcome to help cover costs). Please reach out to to participate and receive your zoom link.

Program led by an experienced Jewish educator under the direction of Or Haneshamah Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton.

Want to see more of what we do? Check out @machaneh_shabbat on Instagram or Or Haneshamah’s Facebook page!

Questions about any aspect of the program? Email

Don’t take our word for it! Click here for a slideshow of some Machaneh Shabbat shenanigans, or click here for some of Machaneh Shabbat digital content!

Machaneh Shabbat Fees for 2020-21

$950 for the first child. $50 Progressive discount for each additional child (e.g., second child $900, third child, $850, etc.).

Register and pay in full before September 18, 2020 and receive a $50 discount per child. 

All Machaneh Shabbat families — OrH members and non-members — pay the same fees. Machaneh Shabbat families who choose to become first-time OrH congregation members will receive a 50% discount off the full family membership for the first year, or a free Associate membership — a significant savings over the already reduced first-year family membership dues. For details, contact

Payment can be made in full at time of registration. To arrange payment in two installments (September and January) or in monthly installments please contact Families may register at any time during the year and fees will be pro-rated based on remaining sessions. If you are not satisfied at any time, we will refund fees for the remainder of the program.

No child will be turned away for financial hardship. To confidentially discuss financial aid or any other financial matters please contact



Click here to complete the Machaneh Shabbat Registration Form.

Note: You will be prompted to sign in to your Orh account in order to register. If you are not an OrH member and do not have an account, please contact for instructions on creating an account. Once set up you will be able to sign in and register. If you already have an account but have forgotten your login information or are having trouble logging in, please contact Registration is ongoing: you may register any time during the year.



Machaneh Shabbat takes place on Zoom, Saturday mornings, 9:30 - 10:30 am, from October to June. Our first session is Oct. 17th, but you may enroll at any time. Click here for the 2020/21 Calendar.

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