‘Trybal’ adult summer camp comes to Camp Newman

By Max A. Cherney

Trybal Gatherings’ Northern California adult Jewish summer camp is set to unfold Aug. 25 to 28 on the sprawling 500-acre grounds of URJ Camp Newman near Santa Rosa. It is one of seven adult camps scheduled at camps from Massachusetts to California, the inaugural project of Trybal Gatherings.

Trybal wants to replicate the success of short-term programs in Israel, like Birthright, by having Jews reconnect to Judaism and relax in a nostalgia-inducing and familiar environment.

“It’s the same weekend as Burning Man and a fantastic alternative to tap into a meaningful Jewish community and to have fun activities,” said Trybal Gatherings co-founder Carine Warsawski. Much of the programming is still in the works; Warsawski said they are in talks with Bay Area organizations, such as Wilderness Torah, among others, to create a special activity.

“We’re trying to keep the core elements that make these immersive experiences so powerful and bring them to people in their 20s and 30s,” said Warsawski, 32, who as a teen attended the Reform Jewish Eisner Camp in Massachusetts. “The core elements are a sense of community, a sense of Jewish connection and a sense of adventure.”

The camp will run for four days, including a weekend, at a time when the kids’ camp is not in session. Anyone 21 and over, Jewish or not, can attend, so that Jews with non-Jewish partners won’t be excluded. Bunks in a regular cabin run above $500, while a spot in a private room at the camp’s retreat center will cost more than $600. Warsawski is planning on a minimum of 100 campers at each location.

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