Bauercrest was founded in 1931 by four Jewish Community Centers in the Boston area. Today, our approach to Jewish life at camp incorporates life lessons and religious traditions in a relaxed manner that remains both meaningful and accessible to all campers.
A singular blessing, in Hebrew, is chanted before and after each meal. On Friday night, we usher in Shabbat with a short (about 30 minutes) service, followed by a traditional Friday night meal. On Saturdays, we have a longer (about 45 minutes) service in which we integrate both traditions and life lessons. Campers and staff are encouraged to participate by leading readings. Following services, an alternative “all camp” activity occurs, which both recognizes Shabbat as a different day and promotes camaraderie among all age groups.
A senior member of the counselor staff serves as the Camp Rabbi. The Rabbi coordinates Judean activities and acts as the camp’s spiritual leader. Additionally, we normally are fortunate enough to have Israeli staff. These individuals, all age 21 or over, bring a wealth of diverse life experiences, as well as Israeli culture, to the Hillside. Our Israeli staff typically collaborates with the rest of the staff to host an Israel Day that features games and activities from the homeland. Israeli staff members also play a role when the camp commemorates Tisha B’Av.
Lastly, for any young man preparing for a Bar Mitzvah, tutoring is made available, at a nominal charge, during the camp season.