Skip To Content
Breaking News

Reform Camp in Northern California Gets $4M Grant for Conference Center

— The Reform movement will open a conference center at its Northern California camp location as part of an initiative to enhance Jewish life in the area.

Camp Newman received a $4 million grant, its largest gift ever, from the Koret Foundation, which promotes civic and cultural institutions and Jewish community in the Bay Area. The Union for Reform Judaism will dedicate the Koret Conference Center on Saturday at the camp in Santa Rosa.

The center will allow the sleepaway camp, which serves children entering grades 3-12, to serve more than 13,000 people annually — more than triple its retreat usage.

“With the Koret Conference Center at Camp Newman, our vision is becoming reality — a premier year-round retreat setting for Northern California Jewish organizations, families, and individuals to connect with each other through immersive Jewish experiences,” said Ruben Arquilevich, Camp Newman’s executive director.

The camp has raised $20 million to enhance Jewish life in Northern California; its goal is over $30 million.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.