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My children built friendships through a variety of enriching experiences, were immersed in Jewish cultural observances and engaged in outdoor activities with their cabin. These are connections we cannot create at home, all the more reason to send our children to Camp Mountain Chai - Camp Parent, San Diego
Everything I could think of for a Jewish camp. It is the best! - Camp Parent, Palm Springs
At camp, my daughter feels like she is home with her family and cries and cries when she returns home and all she talks about is going back and how much she misses it - Camp Parent, San Diego
Safety is our top priority at Camp Mountain Chai. Each of our specialty program areas have a set of policies enacted to preserve safety. Our highly trained staff works hard to maintain a safe, nurturing environment for our campers.
Food at camp is an integral part of the Camp Mountain Chai experience. After all, we eat three meals a day!
Our camp is a Kosher camp that serves only food prepared under rabbinical supervision. Our carefully prepared menus are “kid-friendly” and varied. There is always something healthy and delicious to eat.
Every breakfast will have individual yogurt bar, oatmeal bar, cereal bar, fresh cut fruit, jelly and toast. During each lunch and dinner, we provide a salad bar that gives choices to campers looking for an alternative to the meal’s main course. During each meat meal there is a protein based vegetarian option for our campers who are vegetarians. Gluten free meals and desserts are also prepared when needed for those campers who have gluten allergies.We also offer a snack table where campers can get peaches, plums, apples and bananas at any point during the day.
New this summer, Camp Mountain Chai is proudly managing our own food service utilizing professionally trained chefs. Our mission is to deliver excellent, healthy and delicious meals prepared by expert chefs and classically trained professionals certified in nutrition and sanitation.
Our Mirpa’ah (Health Center) is staffed 24 hours a day by our resident physician and nurses. We have a physician and registered nurse at camp throughout the entire summer. Our medical facility includes a welcome center, examining room, office, isolation rooms, along with living quarters for our medical staff.
All medications (with the exception of asthmatic inhalers and EPI-pens) are kept in the Mirpa’ah and distributed by our nurse at during med call. Med call times are breakfast, lunch, dinner, and right before bed.
Dr. Jaime Friedman, MD
Dr. Jaime Friedman has been practicing pediatrics in San Diego for over 10 years, first working at Rady Children’s Hospital in the Urgent Care and then moving to Children’s Primary Care Medical Group in 2004. She is now the lead physician of the new 4S Ranch office. Dr. Friedman is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been one of San Diego Magazine’s Top Docs for the past 8 years and was elected Best Doctor in East County by The Californian in 2011.
Dr. Friedman went to medical school in Baltimore, Maryland, where she grew up, and did her pediatric residency in Portland, OR at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She grew up attending Jewish summer camp on the east coast.
Dr. Friedman started working at CMC the first summer it was open. She has watched it grow and has helped shape the Health Center into what it is today. Her favorite part about working at camp is watching the campers grow up to be counselors. Dr. Friedman’s own children are now full time campers and love the camp atmosphere, as well as being immersed in the Jewish culture. Their favorite times at camp are the July 4th carnival and Shabbat.
Dr. Bill Anapoell, MD
Dr. Anapoell has been practicing medicine since 1993. After nine years in private practice internal medicine, Bill altered his career to become a full-time doctor at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Bill has been a member of the CMC family since our inaugural summer in 2006. All 3 of Bill’s kids have attended camp. Escaping the city and heading up to the mountains to work with the CMC staff is one of the highlights for Dr. Anapoell.
Beth Weissman, RN
After working 10+ years as an ICU Nurse I gave up working in a hospital to be at home raising my three kids. During the school year I run a competitive creative problem solving program in the greater San Diego area called, Odyssey of the Mind. Being camp nurse is a perfect opportunity for me to use my nursing and mothering skills in a place that I adore. Camp Mountain Chai has become a home away from home for me and my family. I cherish the relationships that I make with both campers and staff. My favorite part of camp is watching the staff connect with, enjoy and guide our wonderful campers through their camp experience.