Over 100 Boys Town Jerusalem (BTJ) students have been enjoying a host of fun and educational activities during the summer and for them, BTJ Day Camp is a welcome break from difficult family and personal situations.
“Jeremy’s parents are in the midst of an ugly divorce,” said BTJ Principal Rabbi Yehudah Rosencrantz, “this is the only place he can escape the endless shouting at home. Jeremy’s 14‐year‐old classmate Lior is fighting leukemia, and this is the best therapy we can give him.”
According to Rabbi Rosencrantz, the BTJ Day Camp is a lifesaver for all the participants. “The price of the average day camp is totally prohibitive for ‘our boys’ to afford. That leaves them facing a summer on the streets and weeks on end of boredom.” To provide a wholesome, meaningful alternative, Boys Town Jerusalem subsidizes the cost of their outstanding day camp by over 90% to make it affordable for the students’ families.
Alongside sports, crafts, fun activities such as bowling, experiential study sessions and nature walks, the Boys Town Jerusalem Day Camp also provides a nutritious breakfast and lunch plus snacks for the boys each day. “It’s a real struggle for us to fund such a broad‐ranging endeavor,” says Rabbi Rosencrantz, “but for these boys camp is a necessity.”