The Center’s Summer Funtensive provides a camp experience to children who cannot afford or easily travel to traditional Jewish camps. Based at Temple Beth El in Augusta for the past few years, the Funtensive attracts students from Waterville, Augusta, Bath, Lewiston, Portland, the midcoast, and beyond. Jewish teens and college students have worked with local rabbis to provide fun and educational Jewish experiences. Campers leave the program with a sizable modern Hebrew vocabulary and other skills that can only be conveyed in an intensive, immersive Jewish experience.

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Plus, summer programs director Mel Weiss created quality Jewish kids’ content online—for anytime! Check out the inspiring playlist for kids on our YouTube page. You’ll find Jewish and Hebrew-language themed games, songs, and more—all for kids! 

Spring is coming to us in Maine, and we can nearly taste the chance to hang out together in person, safely distanced outside. But…not yet. Luckily, for spring vacation we’re here to offer some fun Jewish learning and to connect with each other over Zoom! We will offer songs, stories, Hebrew games, and crafts, and every day will have a color, a letter, and a sense we’ll learn in Hebrew. The fun will last from 9 am to 10 am, and the program is free and open to anyone, though of course your support is appreciated. Generally recommended for kids ages 4-11, but all are welcome! We recommend that kids have paper, crayons or markers, and a snack with them as needed. If your kids are old enough, they should keep tape or glue and a pair of scissors nearby, too. You’ll receive an email each morning with the day’s link and information. 

Questions about this program? Email Mel Weiss at

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