Summer News

Day Schools Plan For In-Person Return To Class

Synagogues Share Similar Preschool, Religious School Reopening Plans

[email protected] Takes Camp Virtual

Camps Butwin & Olami To Close For 2020

Camp Ramah In Wisconsin Announces Closure For 2020

Did Someone Say Summer? Tips For Families On Navigating An Uncertain Season

Camp TEKO Cancels Camp, While JCC Day Camps Delay Openings

Keeping The Dream Alive As We Close The Doors (For Now…)

Herzl Camp To Stay Closed For Summer 2020

Watch our Campfire Conversation with area camp directors:

Virtual Camps

Chabad Minneapolis

Based in Minneapolis; offering 5-day Kosher Culinary Camp at Home during August for campers ages 9-13 ($70-90)

Code Connects

Based in Los Angeles; offering 5- and 10-day Virtual Summer Camps in Music & Tech, UI/UX Design, Quantum Computing, AI, Cybersecurity, and Healthcare & Tech during June/July for campers grades 3-12 ($295-350)

Concordia Language Villages

Based in Moorhead; offering 1-5 week Virtual Villages during June/July/August for campers ages 8-18 ($325-3,860)

Girls Who Code

We release activities weekly on Mondays — some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty. Each activity features a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology.

MacPhail Center for Music

Based in the Twin Cities; offering 5-day Virtual Music Camps during June/July/August for campers ages 4-18 ($60-290)

OSRUI E-Programs

Ruach in the Summer

Offered thru Adath Jeshurun; offering 5-day STEM-themed activities from August 10-14 for campers grades 1-4 ($136)

The Second City

Based in Chicago; offering 1-5 day Online Comedy Camps during May for campers ages 4-18 ($75-250)

TEKO Ba’Bayit

UnCamp Programming Interest Form

Program info TBA – fill out interest form to be contacted with details


A Summer of Jewish Stories: Thursday, June 18 – Wednesday, August 12

Mammalehs Recommend: Links for Families in Quarantine

Kids & Families Guide from Sabes JCC

Health & Wellness, Kids & Family, Cultural Arts, & Supportive Services from St. Paul JCC

Cultural & Arts Guide from Sabes JCC

Health & Wellness Guide from Sabes JCC

Summer at Home from PJ Library

Parent Resources from Minneapolis Children’s Museum

Stuck at Home from the Davidson Institute of Science

Learn from Home with the Science Museum of Minnesota

Rube Goldberg Water-a-Plant Summer Video Challenge

2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule template

Documenting Our Experiences: The COVID-19 Health Crisis and the Stay at Home Order (Hennepin History Museum)

Participate in PBS’s American Portrait national storytelling project

BBYO On Demand

A Brand New Virtual Experience for Jewish Teens Worldwide


Enter what we hope will become a 24/7 digital festival of Jewish culture, including conversations, interviews, rituals, music, services, and more.

Get Outside

Hennepin County Parks, Streets, & Neighborhoods Toolkit

City of Minneapolis roadway updates for safety & active recreation

CDC Considerations for Youth Sports


‘Visit’ Seniors with Virtual Visit Friend or Friendly Remote Visitors

Volunteer with PRISM, the food shelf that shares a building with JFCS

Volunteer as an on-call delivery driver with Meals On Wheels

Join the Mask Movement

Support for Parents

How To Help Your Child With Back-To-School Anxiety, COVID Edition by Avi-Natan Zakada

“When Despair and Hope Don’t Socially Distance” with Rabbi Aaron Weininger and Rabbi Dahlia Bernstein: Mondays June 22, July 27, August 24 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Join other parents with young children for wine and wisdom. In partnership with Congregation Beth Ohr of New York. You do not need to attend all three sessions.

“When the World Feels Like a Scary Place” with Abigail Gewirtz, PhD (recorded June 15):

“Caring for Your Kinderlach” with Dr. Joshua Stein (recorded April 24):

JFCS Parent Coaching Line

Interest Form

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