Camp Hess Kramer
Driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway, it is hard to miss the huge menorah on Rabbi Alfred Wolf Inspiration Point, the true symbol of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps, specifically Camp Hess Kramer. Camp Hess Kramer creates a community through the energy and spirit—the ruach—of the 350 people that live at camp during any given session. Camp Hess Kramer is known for the relationships formed in cabins and in units, as well as its small and large-scale programming.
Camp Hess Kramer sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, which provides easy and safe beach access through a tunnel under the Pacific Coast Highway. Being so close to the beach proves over and over again to be a highlight of the Camp Hess Kramer experience. Camp Hess Kramer is nestled in Little Sycamore Canyon between the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The Camp meanders almost a mile along a creek from the campfire circle at Scout Grove, past Leadership Village and the cabins, past the oak-shaded Chapel to the extensive program facilities. Baruh Hall is the center of a creative arts complex, with indoor and outdoor stages for music, dance, and drama productions. The nearby arts and crafts center offers many creative opportunities, such as ceramics, fabric arts, and woodwork. Campers gather on the plaza facing the Camp's spacious dining hall.
The Camp also has an interactive high and low-ropes challenge course, including a 65 foot climbing wall. Nearby is the Health Center, administrative offices, and another program center, Gildred Hall. Athletic facilities are numerous: basketball and tennis courts; large multi-purpose athletic fields with both soccer goals and a softball backstop; Breuer Lawn, used for a variety of activities; an archery range; and a swimming pool.
Camp Hess Kramer creates a Jewish experience our campers do not receive anywhere else. This all-encompassing Jewish living environment consists of Israel hour and evening programs, Limud (our daily hour of interactive learning), T'filah, conversations and questions, and of course Shabbat! Shabbat is one of the most exciting parts of the week. Friday night begins the Shabbat experience through T'filah, a special dinner meal, an energy-filled song session, and then the entire camp in one place participating in Israeli dancing. The rest of Shabbat captures the essence of the day with services, reading from the Torah, and relaxing cabin time. All week long, campers and staff alike eagerly anticipate Shabbat, not only because it is the day of rest, but also because it is the day separate and distinct from the rest of the week—a day filled with ruach, friendship, time, and space.