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On Shabbat at Summer Camp

Shabbat is both a day of rest and a day of celebration. In the Talmud, Shabbat is equal to all of the other commandments, citing its importance as a cornerstone of our religion. But how do we rest and celebrate, and how do we find the balance? Many Jewish institutions choose to alter their hours […]

It Was Like I Had Never Left

Standing next to two strangers in the middle of Shabbat song session, our arms wrapped around each other, it hit me, I was back, I was home. We were belting the CMC song, and I got goose bumps when I looked around and felt I was once again part of the community. To be honest, […]

Accessing Summer Blogs

Dear Camp Families, To access the summer blog and pictures from the 2016 camp season, please go to and use your personal login and password. Thank you! Dan

Thinking about sending your child to camp? Ask us LOTS of questions!

Article published in the Jewish Journal on March 16, 2016: Sleep-away camp is a rite of passage. In Southern California, we are fortunate to have many wonderful Jewish residential camps to choose from. But how do you choose the camp that is best for your child? Seek recommendations from friends, for sure. In many cases, […]

CMC: Changing Lives, Saving Lives.

CMC:  Changing Lives, Saving Lives – Friday, May 9th, 2014 Each year, we put careful thought into the content of our Staff Orientation Week.  We spend a great deal of time plotting out, scheduling, organizing, and planning the different training sessions and learning opportunities for our staff throughout the week leading up to the kids’ arrival […]

Introducing Our 2014 Staff: David

Shalom Y’all, my name is Dave Shyloski (aka “D-Shy”) and I have been afforded the opportunity to serve CMC this summer as the Assistant Atid Unit Director. This summer marks my 5th at Camp Mountain Chai. During my previous summers at camp I have served the community in a variety of capacities ranging from archery […]

Introducing our 2014 Staff: Sarah

Hi! My name is Sarah Tagger, and this summer I am going to be the Amirim Assistant Unit Leader. I am originally from Canada, but my family moved to Southern California thirteen years ago. I now go to school at UC Santa Barbara, where I am double-majoring in Global Studies and Anthropology. In my free time, […]

How Long Should I Send My Child Away to Camp For?

I was 10 years old and put on a plane in Chicago bound for Minneapolis, followed by a 3 hour bus ride to northern Wisconsin. I’d be gone for 4 weeks. 4 weeks. Not 2 weeks. Not 3 weeks. 4 weeks. Age 10. 4 weeks at any age can feel like a daunting length of […]

Introducing Our 2014 Staff: Jade!

Hi, I’m Jade. I enjoy dancing, country music and inventing new hobbies such as candle light stretching, creating box attire and hula hoopathons. I am going to be the dance specialist at camp this summer. I enjoyed this role so much last year I had to come back for more. My sister Carly came to […]

Introducing Our 2014 Staff: L.Mat

From Toronto, Ontario, my name is Lauren Caplan-Matlow (L.Mat). I am currently studying Early Childhood Education. In my spare time I enjoy cardio-funk dancing, baking, kickboxing and going to movies. Ever since I was a young child, I absolutely loved going to a Jewish sleepover camp in northern Ontario. It was because of this love […]