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December 2, 2014 11:48 am

Online Service Matches Families With Affordable Jewish Summer Camps

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BunkConnect matches eligible families with affordable Jewish summer camps. Photo: The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC).

JNS.org – The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) has launched BunkConnect, a new online service matching eligible families with well-regarded, non-profit Jewish summer camps. The families are then allowed to register their children to the camps at a more affordable price.

Using the online system, income-eligible Jewish families can register by supplying basic, confidential information. The service then matches them to summer camps and offers them 40 to 60 percent lower registration charges.

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BunkConnect launched at the end of November with 75 participating camps representing various Jewish movements and denominations. The program is for first-time campers and is part of the Foundation for Jewish Camp with The Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy (CEJP).

BunkConnectTM (BunkConnect.org) “marries best practices from the business world, new technologies and learnings from the hospitality industry, and takes a fresh approach to addressing affordability in Jewish life,” said Michael Leven, president and COO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., former camper and counselor, and key program funder.

“I am very excited to bring this program to a national stage and see how we can help more kids have a summer experience like those that were so meaningful to me many years ago,” he added.

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