- Camp Be’chol Lashon is a new overnight Jewish camp for campers ages 8-18 located in Petaluma, CA. Camp Be’chol Lashon targets campers who might not typically participate in Jewish life because they are at an intersection of race, ethnicity, culture, religion and gender and may not feel welcome in traditional Jewish institutions. Camp Be’chol Lashon is a unique place for ALL Jewish children and is a model of how to reach out and engage younger generations of Jews. The majority of our campers are ethically and racially diverse children—Black, Latino, Asian and mixed-race children—from interracial, interfaith, adoptive and LGBT families. In addition to California, campers came from the East Coast, including New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Florida and Los Angeles; in addition to two campers from out of the country, London, England and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We see all of our campers as future leaders. Since some are in the position of being spokespeople and educating others about their Jewish journey, we want them to be prepared and feel supported. We encourage them to see their multiple identities as an asset, allowing them greater tolerance and understanding of complexity. Our goal is that they not have to choose between their racial and religious identities, but to give them the skills to successfully navigate life as diverse Jews and global citizens. Camp Be’chol Lashon is an environment that fosters engagement in Jewish identity building with “peers” who become life-long allies in navigating questions of Jewish identity. Further, we are the only Jewish camp that has a curriculum that teaches about the global Jewish community in direct relationship to its campers.