2011-07-08 / Community

JCCRP Hands Out Thousands In Scholarships

By Kathy Rosenberg, Special to The Wave

Members of the JCCRP have handed out thousands in scholarship money. Members of the JCCRP have handed out thousands in scholarship money. The Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula is proud to announce that it has awarded more than $25,000 in camp scholarships this year to children from Rockaway families through its Rabbi Michael Scholar Camp Scholarship Fund.

The fund was named for a former president of the JCCRP. It provides scholarships to make it possible for Jewish children from families in need to attend Jewish summer day camps. Jewish children of all backgrounds are sponsored by the fund: those who attend yeshivas and those who attend public schools, those who are American born and those who are immigrants. The purpose of the fund is to make sure that these children spend the summer in an environment that will enhance what they learned in school and that will strengthen or even create their love for yiddishkeit. These scholarships are available through private donations, a grant from UJA Federation of New York and Met Council.

This year the JCCRP has a new camp fund available for children to attend Camp Simcha (Chai Lifeline’s summer camp) through an anonymous donor. Each summer, 400 seriously ill children are treated to unforgettable, medically supervised overnight camp experiences at Camp Simcha, for children battling cancer and other hematological illnesses, and Camp Simcha Special, for children with debilitating chronic conditions. At Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, children and teens trade hospital rooms and doctors’ offices for fun, friendship, and hope for the future. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities in fully handicapped-accessible facilities. Talent shows, concerts, and helicopter, hot-air, and motorcycle rides make every day super-special. Campers return home reinvigorated, with deep friendships and happy memories to help them travel the rough road ahead.

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