Our Mission

Camp Rodef Shalom fosters friendships, relationships, and community by providing fun and engaging experiences in a safe environment.  By living Jewish values, we give our families opportunities to strengthen our Jewish connections.

What We Do

Throughout the summer, our campers are learning about good sportsmanship, teamwork, positivity, generosity, and enthusiasm.

We teach about the value of strong friendships and generosity instead of numbers and spelling. We teach adaptability and improvisation instead of facts and statistics. We emphasize character and  joy, community and cooperation, respect and flexibility

While we do have prizes for winners of some of our bigger events, even losing the week-long color war competition provides our campers the opportunity to cheer on others and to learn empathy,  consideration, and resilience.  

Our History

Camp Rodef Shalom was organized in 1976 by Rabbi Laszlo Berkowits, the founding rabbi of Temple Rodef Shalom, with the purpose of helping children stay connected with TRS during summer months.  A month-long program of sports, swimming, arts and crafts, music and dance was developed within the context of a Jewish social experience.

 

Flo Frey became camp director in 1978, with an enrollment of around 60 campers ages four through twelve. Flo was the creator of our camp song "On the Line" which we still sing at camp today. 

 

Over the last 42 years, Camp Rodef Shalom has grown beyond what anyone could have imagined back in 1976. In recent years, in addition to our classic specialties of Sports, Art, Swimming, and Music, we have included Drama, Hip Hop Dance, Israeli Scouts, Mad Science, Outdoor Adventures, Fencing, and Cooking! Who knows what new and exciting specialties we will add in 2020!

Camp Rodef Shalom Staff 2019
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CONTACT US!

2100 Westmoreland Street

Falls Church, VA 22043

Lower Level Lobby

 

Email: camp@templerodefshalom.org

Phone: 703-532-2241

Camp Rodef Shalom is part of the Temple Rodef Shalom umbrella. TRS is a thriving, vibrant, inclusive, diverse, tolerant, sacred, loving Reform Jewish congregation located in the Northern Virginia. Since our founding in 1962, we have grown into the largest Jewish congregation in Virginia, serving over 1,700 households.