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Labor Day Jewish LGBTQ Family Camp
September 2, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Join my family and I this Labor Day weekend (Friday Septemberer 2nd to Monday September 5th, 2016) in the Berkshire mountains. It’s a great end to the summer for families with LGBTQ parents or LGBTQ kids!
Summer is an exciting time when you’re a kid. But when you’re a parent it can be downright stressful. Where will we go? What can we do? What can we afford? How much time can we take off of work? Where can we go that will be relaxing and fun for a two dad adoptive Jewish family? Enter the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp who, along with Keshet and the UJA Federation of NY, are creating what promises to be a fun and relaxing weekend – and a perfect way to end the summer. Shabbat in a diverse community and a beautiful and fun surroundings? Sounds good to me!
In my work with LGBTQ families and LGBTQ people across the country, one thing is constant: security, happiness, and winning equality are all rooted in community. When I ran the Family Equality Council, we ran an annual national survey and the results were always the same: among all the needs of LGBTQ headed families, community always rose to the top of the list.
For us, this will be way to end the summer on a high note, a weekend of fun and new friends, a community in which we as a family, and our son as an individual, will be surrounded by people we can all identify with, people and families like us.
From the site:
Berkshire Hills is a values based Jewish camp that is welcoming to everybody. We are proud to host our first LGBTQ Family Camp this Labor Day weekend. From Friday September 2nd to Monday September 5th, Berkshire Hills will come alive with all types of LGBTQ families. LGBTQ parents with children, families with gender fluid children and their allies are all welcome to come and enjoy our beautiful 640 acre site.
Whether you want to sit by the pool, zipline across the lake, take a hike, play softball, learn archery, bake cookies, canoe, kayak, fish, scale the climbing wall, slide down the lake inflatables, learn about LGBTQ issues, attend a Shabbat service, volunteer for a Tikkun Olam Community Service project, shoot an arrow, or sing around a campfire, we guarantee you will find something to enjoy. All activities are optional, and there will be time to enjoy activities with and without your children.
Berkshire Hills LGBQT Family Camp is funded with generous support from the UJA Federation of New Yorkand endorsed by Keshet, a national organization that works for full equality and inclusion of LGBTQ Jews. Berkshire Hills Director Adam Weinstein will lead the Family Camp, and his husband Rodrick and two children are excited to join the fun.