Summer 2020 Program Updates

We know everyone is wondering if and when our much anticipated and loved summer programs will be opening. While conditions and guidelines continue to change ongoing, we have been working on a path forward to be able to provide these essential services to our community, as safely as possible, in fulfillment of our mission to support and enrich Jewish life in Madison. Guided by the advice and resources from the government, the Secure Community Network (SCN), public health officials, and other key experts, our Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and COVID-19 Task Force have been meeting regularly to develop and plan our reopening process.

At this point, given the uncertainty and rapidly changing situation, what we can tell you is:

Camp Shalom Katan at Gan HaYeled Preschool
Camp Shalom Katan will be opening on June 15 with stringent precautions in place in adherence to state guidelines and a commitment to the health and safety of our campers, families, and staff. We are closely monitoring the latest updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) to ensure we are following their guidance on the most up-to-date recommendations. Some of the new protocols that will be in place: reduced hours to allow for thorough daily sanitizing and disinfecting; temperature check for all students, parents, and staff; hand sanitizer upon entry; only children and staff permitted in the building; reduced group size to a maximum of 10 in each room; regularly sanitizing of high-touch surfaces throughout the day.

Camp Shalom and NOBO
While Camp Shalom and NOBO will not be running in the usual fashion this summer, assuming we are allowed to open, we are currently planning to offer a modified program. With a commitment to the health and safety of our campers, families, and staff, the program will strictly adhere to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the American Camping Association (ACA) guidelines. Some of the new protocols that will be in place: fewer campers (maximum of 50) and staff (maximum 10) per session; activities adjusted to accommodate expectation for social distancing; taking temperatures at drop off; regularly cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day.

Goodman Aquatic Center
Based on overwhelming advice and recommendations from our health experts and organizations, and our commitment to the health and safety of our community, it is unlikely that we will be able to open the Goodman Aquatic Center this summer. Thank you for your patience as we work through these complex community decisions together. We promise to keep you updated as plans evolve