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Camp Harlam Receives $1 Million Gift for Need-based Scholarships

May 23, 2014 By:
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Harlam campers celebrate Shabbat.
If your brother or sister attends Camp Harlam, you now could have an easier time attending, too. 
The Union for Reform Judaism’s overnight camp in the Poconos received a $1 million gift from the Weidhorn Family Foundation to provide need-based scholarships to families with multiple children attending Harlam. The gift is the largest in the camp’s history, according to director Aaron Selkow.
“It’s part of something bigger, which is the commitment over the last couple years of our leadership to build a culture of giving at camp,” said Selkow.
The camp has not yet worked out the details of the program — like how much each family could receive — but will begin providing the scholarships for summer 2015.
Selected families will receive a lifetime commitment from the camp for as long their children are attending, without needing to reapply each year. If recipients determine that they no longer need the scholarship, they can opt out and the money will help another family.
“This is a signficant statement that we’re serious about making camp affordable,” said Selkow.
The camp also recently received a $250,000 gift from an alum that will fund renovations of the girls’ cabins. The camp declined to release the donor's name. 

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