Core Values

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At GFC, we believe that everything we do is connected to four main values that are ever-present in Judaism and in life. We hope that by bringing these four values to the forefront of our minds as a full staff, we will be better able to create and maintain a safe, fun, and Jewish environment and community for our campers from summer to summer.

Friendship
Reut – 
רעות

At camp, one of the very first words that comes to everyone’s minds is “friends.” Camp is where we make friends, whether for that summer only or for our lifetime. Regardless, reut is more than just “saying” you have tons of friends at camp, it means you have made meaningful and worthwhile relationships with people you feel connected to at some level. This connection often goes beyond camp’s gates after the summer season has come to an end.

Respect
Kavod – 
כבוד

At camp, one of the very first words that comes to everyone’s minds is “friends.” Camp is where we make friends, whether for that summer only or for our lifetime. Regardless, reut is more than just “saying” you have tons of friends at camp, it means you have made meaningful and worthwhile relationships with people you feel connected to at some level. This connection often goes beyond camp’s gates after the summer season has come to an end.

Presence and Self-Care
Hineni – 
הנני 

At camp, one of the very first words that comes to everyone’s minds is “friends.” Camp is where we make friends, whether for that summer only or for our lifetime. Regardless, reut is more than just “saying” you have tons of friends at camp, it means you have made meaningful and worthwhile relationships with people you feel connected to at some level. This connection often goes beyond camp’s gates after the summer season has come to an end.

Jewish People
Am Yisrael – 
עם ישאל

We are a community of Jewish people. More deeply, our personal identifications as being Jewish contribute to an innate atmosphere that we have here at GFC—a safe, common space that is nothing like what our campers and some of our staff experience when they are not at camp. To be a member of a Jewish community is rare. For many campers and staff who attend GFC during a summer, that is something to be valued, respected, and continued.