Inspiring Jewish life in Texas and Oklahoma all year long

Year-Round Events

GFC Fun Doesn’t Stop in the Summer

URJ Greene Family Camp takes the magic of camp, translates it into a year-round experience, and brings it you in a variety of dynamic events, trips and activities!

We connect children, youth and adults to an expansive menu of fun, immersive Jewish experiences inside and outside of Texas and Oklahoma, all year long. Along with our local synagogue youth groups and NFTY, we present everything from family fun days to high school parties to middle school outings.

 

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Grades 2-5

Come get a taste for camp and a love for Judaism at our fun & exciting day-long family events and mini retreats for 2nd through 5th graders.

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Grades 6-8

We give 6th to 8th graders lots of options to experience the magic of camp at super fun events all year throughout Texas and Oklahoma!

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Grades 9-12

URJ Greene Family Camp & NFTY partner all year long to present high schoolers fun and enriching programs and unforgettable teen events.

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Join us every month!

  • August: Summer Camp
  • September: Summer Palooza (9th-12th grades)
  • October: Women’s Retreat (Ages 21+), NFTY678 in Houston, DFW and San Antonio Areas, NFTY-TOR Fall Conclave in Houston
  • November: GFC Fall Camp (2nd-12th grades)
  • December: URJ Biennial in Boston, MA
  • January: GreeneSki, NFTY TOR Winter Conclave (Dallas Area)
  • February: Family Retreat, L’Taken Seminar in Washington D.C. (9th-12th grades)
  • March: Men’s Weekend (Ages 21+)
  • April: NFTY678 Even in Houston area, DFW, Austin, GFC Spring Camp (2nd-12th grades)
  • May: Young Adult Weekend
  • June-July: Summer Camp and other Summer Programs

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Dec
15
Sat
GFC Lively Lilah in Houston @ Main Event Entertainment
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
GFC Lively Lilah in Houston @ Main Event Entertainment | Stafford | Texas | United States

Join kids grades 3-7 from local Reform congregations all over Houston for an evening at Main Event.

 

Event presented by Congregation Emanu El, Congregation Beth Israel, Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, Temple Sinai, Congregation Jewish Community North, Congregation Beth Shalom & Congregation Beth El.

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Jan
11
Fri
Staff Retreat @ URJ Greene Family Camp
Jan 11 @ 5:00 pm – Jan 13 @ 11:00 am
Staff Retreat @ URJ Greene Family Camp | Texas | United States

Whether you worked in Summer 2018, in years prior, or at one of our year-round events at camp, you are welcome to join us! Come home to camp for a weekend devoted to recharging from life and reuniting with camp staff friends. We’ll be taking it easy for most of the weekend, with a variety of fun and low-key activities Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday evening. A weekend at camp isn’t complete without a traditional Shabbat evening and campfires! We’ll also spend some time throughout the weekend telling you about new changes for Summer 2018 and asking for your help with some of the planning! We want new ideas and feedback from YOU on how to make camp better than it already is!

This event is at NO COST to you! While we are still developing a detailed schedule for the weekend, a sample schedule I posted to this page. Unfortunately, we will not be providing ground transportation to camp for this event. If you want some assistance coordinating a carpool with other staff participants form you area, let McKenzie know and she’ll help you get in touch with others who are attending the retreat.

In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact McKenzie Sigle or call (254) 859-5411.

Register below!

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Jan
25
Fri
NFTY-TOR Winter Conclave & Nashir Texas @ Houston, TX
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 11:00 am
NFTY-TOR Winter Conclave & Nashir Texas @ Houston, TX | Fort Worth | Texas | United States

“Winter Conclave: The Force of Nature” 

Event highlights include:

Explore how natural disasters in North Carolina, Houston, Malibu, and Northern California, and Israel have impacted nature, animals and communities

There will be social action opportunities and programming with IsraAid, Stand With Us, Houston Pets Alive, Houston Police Department, Beekeepers Association, Patriot Paws Service Dogs, and Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services

Celebrate Shabbat and explore Houston with new and old friends! There will even be a creative Shabbat morning service through Buffalo Bayou.

Saturday night BIG FUN with food trucks, fun vendors and more!


Winter Conclave & NFTY Nashir will be hosted by Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism (HOUSTY). 8th graders from Houston area are eligible to attend. 7th & 8th graders are eligible to register for NFTY Nashir. Teens who are from the Houston area and attending a NFTY-TOR regional event for the first time are eligible to receive a $20 discount.

NFTY Nashir is NFTY’s Songleading Seminar lead by Jewish musician and educator Alan Goodis. Teens from across North America are invited to participate in this seminar! NFTY Nashir participants and Winter Conclave participants will have separate programming, but will have meals, social time, and be housed together. A sample schedule and more event highlights will be released soon!

Are you a member of a hosting congregation? Want to volunteer as a host family? Complete this simple online form!

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Check out our scholarship and cancellation policies.

Transportation Information

FRIDAY NIGHT Bus Itinerary (Estimated Arrival to Houston at 6PM):

DFW Bus:

12:00 PM Temple Emanu-El Stop

(8500 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75225)

1:00 Grapevine Stop

(Between Bass Pro Shops & Fuddruckers at approx. 2000 Texas 26, Grapevine, TX 76051)

1:45 PM Fort Worth Stop

(100 East Altamesa Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76134)

 

San Antonio/Austin Bus:

12:00 PM Austin Stop

Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756)

2:00 PM San Antonio Stop

Barshop JCC (12500 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231)

 

SUNDAY Bus Itinerary (Estimated Arrival times based on 11AM departure with a stop for lunch):

DFW Bus:

3:30 PM Temple Emanu-El Stop

(8500 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75225)

4:30 Grapevine Stop

(Between Bass Pro Shops & Fuddruckers at approx. 2000 Texas 26, Grapevine, TX 76051)

5:00 PM Fort Worth Stop

(100 East Altamesa Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76134)

 

San Antonio/Austin Bus:

2:30 PM Austin Stop

Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756)

4:30 PM San Antonio Stop

Barshop JCC (12500 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231)

Flight Travel Parameters

If you are flying please plan on landing at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) on by 4:00 PM on Friday, December 25th and leaving after 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 27th.

Feb
15
Fri
NFTY Convention 2019 – Dallas @ Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Feb 15 – Feb 19 all-day
NFTY Convention 2019 - Dallas @ Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center | Grapevine | Texas | United States

NFTY Convention is the ultimate Reform Jewish teen event, and this year it is coming to us in DALLAS at the Gaylord Texan Resort! As the host region, we want to show Reform Jewish teens from across North America that everything really is BIGGER in TEXAS! We want every teen in our region to have the opportunity to attend NFTY Convention and have several scholarship opportunities plus bus transportation to get you to Dallas!

 Learn More and Register  

 

Become a Jackofsky Emerging Teen Leader Fellow:

As part of the fellowship, recipients will receive a scholarship to cover approximately 40% of NFTY Convention tuition and will have the chance to join a cohort of 15-20 emerging leaders across the NFTY Texas & Oklahoma Region. Fellows will participate in leadership seminars and workshops as part of the NFTY Convention programming and will have additional opportunities to meet as a cohort. Current NFTY leaders and former Jackofsky fellows will act as mentors to the Fellows and will continue to be resources to Fellows before and after NFTY Convention. Must be a 9th or 10th grader to apply. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 16, 2018.

 Apply to be a Fellow  

 

Need financial help getting to NFTY Convention?

Step 1: Contact your congregation and let them know you want to represent your community at NFTY Convention and ask for scholarship help.

Step 2. Complete our regional scholarship application form. We have a limited of need-based scholarships. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served rolling basis.

 Complete the Regional Scholarship Form  

Plan your travel:

NFTY TOR & Greene Family Camp want to lower the barriers for you to attend NFTY Convention as much as possible. We are coordinating buses from Houston and San Antonio/Austin to bring as many teens from across our region together for NFTY Convention 2019. Sign up for a round trip bus ticket for $50 and consider your transportation to/from NFTY Convention taken care of! Reserve your spot on our NFTY Convention Bus HERE!

 

NFTY Convention Bus Itinerary:

FRIDAY (2/15/19) Bus Itinerary (for 12PM arrival at Gaylord Texan Resort) Houston Bus 7:00 AM South Houston Stop JCC Houston (5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096) 8:00 AM North Houston Stop Sam’s Club (19091 I 45, Conroe, TX 77385)

 

Austin-San Antonio Bus 6:40 AM San Antonio Stop Barshop JCC (12500 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231 8:40 PM Austin Stop Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756)

 

MONDAY (2/18/19)Bus Itinerary (for 8:30AM departure from Gaylord Texan Resort) Houston Bus 12:30 PM North Houston Stop Sam’s Club (19091 I 45, Conroe, TX 77385)

1:40 PM South Houston Stop JCC Houston (5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096)

Austin-San Antonio Bus 12:40 PM Austin Stop Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756)

2:20 PM San Antonio Stop Barshop JCC (12500 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231

Feb
22
Fri
Family Retreat with PJ Library @ URJ Greene Family Camp
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 11:00 am
Family Retreat with PJ Library @ URJ Greene Family Camp | Texas | United States

It’s the ultimate Jewish family vacation and a great opportunity for parents and children of all ages to discover the incredible experience of a GFC Shabbat. The young and young-at-heart will spend much of their weekend together – climbing our 50-foot Alpine Tower, experiencing the giant swing, creating arts & crafts projects, learning Israeli folk dances and camp songs, enjoying outdoor and indoor sports, as well as participating in many of the other great activities that GFC offers during the summer.

This year, we are partnering with PJ Library for an incredible, literary Family Retreat weekend.  Thanks to our partnership, you can save 50% on the cost for the event.

Join us for the GFC Family Retreat, and you will return home with memories of a Shabbat your family will not soon forget. There will be “Parents Only” sessions with our scholar-in-residence, as well as “Camper Only” sessions with our all-star staff. Our entire extended camp family will join together for exciting family programming and a wonderful time.

Check our schedule for Family Retreat! Register Now!

 

Mar
29
Fri
Men’s Weekend @ URJ Greene Family Camp
Mar 29 @ 5:30 pm – Mar 31 @ 11:00 am
Men's Weekend @ URJ Greene Family Camp | Texas | United States

“Let us take up our oldest traditions; let us once more become deep-chested, sturdy, sharp-eyed Jewish men.” – Max Nordau, Address to the Zionist Congress, 1898

Join us for Mens’ Retreat at Greene Family Camp for a weekend of outdoor pursuits, spirituality, fun with friends, and the chance to leave camp better than you found it. Mens’ Retreat began with a group of camp dads who wanted to help improve the camp property, and over the years has evolved to include all kinds of camp fun and community just for those who identify as male. Whether you are a camp dad, an alum of our program, or totally new to Jewish camping, Mens’ Weekend is for you. We’ll play poker in the annual GFC tournament (all proceeds benefitting camp’s scholarship fund), drink beer, and explore the wilds of Bruceville together with Josh Lake, founder of Outdoor Jewish Adventures.

Camp isn’t just for kids! We hope you’ll join us for a great weekend of food, fun, and friends!

Learn about Josh Lake 

In 2004 Josh founded Outdoor Jewish Adventures (OJA), a company specializing in outdoor experiences, education and adventures for Jews. Josh’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, completion of the Informal Jewish Education seminar at Brandies University, Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and many years of hiking and outdoor experiences. Josh also completed the Guides Track in Leadership Seminar, a 4-week seminar in Jewish Wilderness Spirituality.

Josh has spent the last 20+ years leading Jewish nature programming for children and adults throughout the United States, Canada, England and Israel.  Jewish traditions come alive as a hike through the forest becomes a walk through the six days of Creation. Protection of the natural world takes on new meaning when mitzvoth (commandments) inform us of how we can behave in Creation with more kavannah (intention). Wilderness skills allow us to more fully be partners in Creation and to explore the beauty and fullness of our world.

Josh has hiked and climbed in many parts of the world. Some of the notable places include: Climbing to Tilicho Lake in Nepal, hiking the Kalalau Trail (HI), John Muir Trail (CA), Summiting Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Gilbert Peak (all WA), Mt. Whitney (CA), Sea-to-Sea (Israel), summiting 3 Munroe Peaks (Scotland), and many other mountains, places and hikes. Josh also interned with Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) and hiked extensively around Israel.

Josh lives in Portland, OR with his wife, 2 daughters and dog, Stanley.

Other Activities for the Weekend:

  • Beautify camp
  • Enjoy beverages with fellow participants
  • Celebrate Shabbat
  • Ropes course
  • Hike, forage, pray, and learn outdoor survival skills with outstanding outdoor Jewish educator Josh Lake
  • Poker tournament Campfire
  • Other camp activities
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