Our History

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During the mid 1940’s-1950’s, a few energetic fathers and their excited children, the rich Sephardic tradition, and the great outdoors of the Northwest, all met to forge an extraordinary experience that was so positive, it had to be repeated. And so it was – every summer since!

The Sephardic congregations of Seattle, Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, recognized the value of these summer retreats and collectively created the Sephardic Adventure Camp, an organization committed to preserving the Sephardic tradition, instilling the values of our Jewish heritage, building the moral character of our children, and ensuring a summer of fun and memories to last a lifetime.

This commitment is woven into the extensive programming that fills each and every day of the camp’s two-week session. Activities include: kayaking, archery, basketball, field sports, swimming, dance, drama, arts & crafts, Sephardic baking, Torah learning, field trips, Sephardic culture sessions, and much more. Moreover, all days begin with and include orthodox prayer services, and each week culminates with the observance of Shabbat, a very special experience at Sephardic Adventure Camp.

Our programming excels largely in part by the responsible and capable staff that run it. The staff is comprised mostly of former campers, athletes, college and yeshiva students, and certified lifeguards.  Also key to the success of our summer camp is the spiritual leadership and involvement of our community Rabbis, who all spend considerable time at camp during the summer forming meaningful bonds with the children that last far beyond the summer session.

Over the years, we have expanded our camper base beyond the local Seattle community to Jewish communities across the United States, including California, Oregon, Alaska, New York, New Jersey, Florida, British Columbia, and Israel.  As our reputation continues to grow, we expect campers from throughout the Unites States and around the world to join us and participate in building the Northwest’s premier Jewish summer camp.  We hope you will, too.