Since 1923 Camp Shomria has been nurturing empowered youth leaders and thoughtful human beings in a safe and warm environment. We run youth-led programs in various formats throughout the calendar year: school-year weekend programming (the 'Ken'), a winter break camp, and a summer residential camp.
Our Ken offers educational programming for campers in Toronto and Montreal. The Ken is our time and space to engage with each and our broader communities throughout the school year.
We spend each summer in our beautiful lake-side property where we create a community atmosphere in which every individual (camper or staff) is celebrated and vital to the collective experience which we provide. Modelling ourselves after the Israeli Kibbutz, we embody social, environmental, and progressive Jewish values, and provide campers aged 8 to 16 with the most enjoyable and meaningful summer of their lives.
We hope to have you with us!
"Shomria really has become such an important part of my children's lives that they wouldn't want to miss it for anything. It is quite heartwarming."
Guest Speaker: Jacob Duarte Spiel
Jacob Duarte Spiel is a member of Kvutzat Hazorea, a former Rosh Tarbut, and the founder of Camp Shomria’s Science and Discovery program. Jacob grew up at Camp Shomria and attended the Ken weekly throughout his childhood and teen years. He went on to take leadership roles in the movement and live communally with other Shomrim and Shomrot in Toronto.
He is now a Co-Creator and Senior Writer for The Beaverton, a satirical news site and, as of December 2015, a show airing on the Comedy Network. According to Jacob, it was when he was part of the va’ad tarbut, his first year of hadracha, that he wrote his first piece of comedy (an erev) and saw his work performed. He realized then that he wanted to do comedy as a career. In his words “I have the honour of being both a Co-Creator and a writer for the program. This never would have happened without Shomria’s influence and the incredibly supportive community we’ve all worked so hard to create.”
Jacob will be joining us at the 2017 Annual Community Mifkad to share his thoughts on the role of satire as a social commentary in the pursuit of social justice.