Camp Seneca Lake welcomes all children and teens, regardless of religious affiliation or education. Our campers range from those with Jewish day school education to those for whom CSL is the only exposure to Judaism. Campers are encouraged to explore their cultural, traditional and religious heritage in a warm and supportive environment.

Judaism is infused into daily CSL life. We highlight Jewish values in our thematic programs, campers recite blessings both before and after meals, sing Jewish songs, participate in Shabbat, and so much more. Camp Seneca Lake’s kitchen provides delicious, kid-friendly meals and snacks using Kosher ingredients. Dairy, meat, and parve dishes are prepared separately in accordance with Kashrut standards and our kitchen staff is trained in kosher cooking. Camp Seneca Lake’s kitchen is not supervised by a Mashgiach.

Shabbat is the most special time for campers and staff at CSL. We signify the beauty of the day of rest by dressing up on Friday evening, and altering our camp schedule to create a more relaxing environment. We celebrate as a community, with Friday evening and Saturday morning services held overlooking Seneca Lake. We close with Havdalah after an All-Camp Program on Saturday evening.

Israeli Culture

We welcome a large delegation of Israeli staff (Mishlachat), creating unbreakable bonds with our homeland. Each week our Mishlachat develops and facilitates a program designed to educate our campers about the people, culture, and history of Israel. We also host Yom Yisrael (Israel Day) each summer, which immerses our campers into Israeli life.