Designating Your Gift

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Your support of Shalom Institute and its programs provides meaningful, life-changing experiences to thousands of children, teens, young adults, adults, and families each year. You have the opportunity to choose where you would like your gift to have the most impact. Read below to learn about various ways to designate your giving.


Help a child experience the magic of Camp JCA Shalom overnight and day camps. We allocate over $400,000 in financial aid each summer, so that no child is denied an opportunity to come to camp. With a gift to our Scholarship Fund, you are investing in the future of our Jewish community and enhancing the life of a deserving child! More than 350 campers each year are able to attend camp thanks to your generosity. Donate Now to give the gift of camp!

Shemesh Farms

Shalom Institute’s Shemesh Farms helps integrate young adults with special needs and diverse abilities into the community, and empowers them through meaningful employment, skill development, socialization, and provides them a purpose. Learn more about Shemesh Farms, its employees and products.

Marla Bennett Israel Discovery Center and Garden

On July 31, 2002, Camp JCA Shalom lost a member of its family. Marla Bennett, a native of San Diego, was one of the American victims in the bombing at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Marla grew up at Camp as a camper, CIT, counselor, unit head, and during summer 2001 she was the Program Director. During her time at Camp, Marla touched the lives of thousands of campers and staff.  Marla loved camp. She was also very passionate about Israel and Jewish education. In Jerusalem, she was training at Hebrew University and the Pardes Institute to become a Jewish educator so that she could pass on her passion to others, particularly children. She was an incredible role model and a great friend.

In her memory, we created the Marla Bennett Israel Discovery Center and Garden, an interactive hands-on learning center that teaches about the land, history, and people of Israel; the flora and fauna of modern and ancient Israel; the relationship between Judaism and the environment; environmental awareness and protection; Jewish traditions, thoughts, and values; and organic gardening and farming. Each year, thousands explore, learn, and discover in Marla’s garden. 

Sherut L’Olam

Celebrating its 10th year, Sherut L’Olam is a dynamic, values based teen leadership and advocacy program. Programs for 7th-8th graders (Junior Fellowship) and 9th- 11th graders (Senior Fellowship) are offered during the school year. Learn more about Sherut L’Olam.

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A donation to our facilities will ensure that capital improvements are made to our buildings and grounds— providing a safe and comfortable environment for all who come through our gates.

JOFEE Initiatives

Your gift will support the programmatic and infrastructure of our organic garden, horse & animal center. On our Shemesh Organic Farm, we teach the connection between Judaism, Israel, nature, and agriculture through hands-on organic farming, gardening, harvesting, and composting. The farm is also model for Jewish social and environmental responsibility – the harvested fruits and vegetables are used in our outdoor cooking workshops, as ingredients in meals in our dining hall, and donated to local food pantries.

Through hands-on interaction and program with our animals on the farm provide education about Judaism’s relationship with animals. For many who spend time with the animals, this is their first and/or only time they will interact with farm animals. Our animals include: horses, Norman the steer, donkeys, goats, rabbits, sheep, alpacas, chickens, peacocks, ducks, guinea hens, tortoises, and bees.

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Inclusion Initiatives

Your donation will support our Camp JCA Shalom Special Needs Inclusion Initiative for children ages 7-16 and young adults age 17-21 with developmental disabilities and predominately children and young adults that have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and some with cerebral palsy. During the summer, campers with special needs have the option to attend any of our 1, 2 or 3 week sessions. Special needs campers are integrated into cabins according to age group, or the best option decided upon by our staff and the parents.  Campers are also able to attend Fall, Winter, and Spring Camp programs during the year. In addition to campers, our inclusion program includes opportunities for our CITS (Counselors-In-Training) and staff members.