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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 from 9:45 am to 12:45 pm, September to June.

What is Machaneh Shabbat?

Machaneh Shabbat (Shabbat Camp) is an inclusive, family-based weekly Jewish learning adventure providing an in-depth Jewish education for families with children of all ages. Our camp model allows us to explore Torah, prayer, Hebrew and the Jewish year through field trips, drama, art, social action, cooking, building and more! We believe that we can ignite the lifelong spark for Jewish living and learning through community connection and taking the time to live Jewishly, especially on Shabbat. This spark is the key to raising engaged and informed Jewish young people!

Our program:

  • Empowers families to explore their Judaism and its connection to the wider world together;
  • Provides an in-depth, inclusive Jewish education;
  • Explores something new and fun each week using the Torah cycle and the Jewish calendar to guide our adventures;
  • Unpacks Shabbat services along with key Hebrew vocabulary through story, actions and music to develop prayer fluency and comfort;
  • Uses drama, storytelling, art, dance, music, debate, building, social action, cooking and more to celebrate Shabbat;
  • Builds social time right into the schedule, including ending every week with a communal Kiddush

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)

Program led by an experienced Jewish educator under the direction of Or Haneshamah Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton.
Questions about any aspect of the program? Email

Check out this two-minute slideshow


Machaneh Shabbat Fees for 2019-20

$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 14, 2019 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 Saturday mornings, 9:45-12:45, from September to June. First class is Saturday, September 7, 2019, but you may enroll at any time. Click here for the 2019-20 Schedule [forthcoming].

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