CSL is a vibrantly Jewish place. Shabbats are celebrated as a community, with Friday evening and Shabbat morning services held overlooking Seneca Lake. Each summer includes several special Judaic programs and events, such as a Tikkun Olam community service day, Jewish themed all-camp programs, Israel Day, Jewish performers, concerts, and guest presentations.
Judaism is infused into daily CSL life. Campers recite blessings both before and after their Kosher meals, sing Jewish songs, participate in Shabbat discussion groups, and attend weekly Judaica periods. (Download the CSL Siddur.)
The CSL Judaic curriculum is designed to ensure that if a camper came to camp all summer every summer, from youngest Onondaga or Cayuga through Oneida, s/he would never do the same program twice. Programs are age-appropriate and camper-focused, and typically based on the experiential-learning model. Sample topics include Shabbat, environmental responsibility, dating and relationships, Israeli dance, identity, ethics, spirituality
and belief, prayer, modern Jewish living, and community.
The curriculum also includes a handful of flagship programs that address pressing contemporary concerns. In recent summers campers learned how to respond to anti-Semitism, and explored Jewish ideas of ethical behavior and privacy with a focus on Facebook. Senior Campers (Tuscarora)