Encampment is an end-of-summer mini-camp for our youth groups, Kadima (rising 6th-8th graders) and USY (rising 9th-12th graders).

Encampment 2021 Cancellation

August 9, 2021


Dear METNY Community,

As explained below, we have made the difficult decision not to hold an in-person METNY encampment this year.

Over the last few days, there have been very significant changes involving the COVID pandemic on the local, state, and national levels due to the increased number of cases and the high rate of transmission of the Delta variant. Camps, including our planned Encampment location, have restricted their ability to host events. The medical committee at the International USY level has tightened restrictions for outdoor events. As just one example, all participants are required to be vaccinated and masked for the entire duration of an event. Based on the best information available to us, we have no reason to believe that things will significantly improve in the next two weeks.

We very much would have liked to proceed with our encampment as we had planned it. Our teens need to connect with each other and their Jewish identities. They are craving the essential and enriching benefits of prayer and learning with their community. However, there are definitely significant risks now, including (but certainly not limited to) transmission of the virus to unvaccinated younger siblings, and the unpredictability of potential transmission to vaccinated adults. The danger of an outbreak caused by bringing together and returning teens across county lines is now too great given recent developments. After carefully weighing the risks against the benefits, we concluded that we cannot responsibly conduct an in-person encampment for METNY this year.

We are heartbroken, and we anticipate that other adults in our community will be as well, but we know that that feeling pales in comparison to what our teens are feeling.

In Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch’s book, Horeb, he states: “Therefore you should avoid everything which might possibly injure your health. . . . And the law asks you to be even more circumspect in avoiding danger to life and limb than in the avoidance of other transgressions.” As soon as we think we can bring together our community safely, we will.

We would like to thank the Regional Executive Board as well as our Encampment co-chairs, Shoshana Bitker, Jordan Bitton, and Shaina Roth. You have poured your heart into planning an amazing experience for our region and you have certainly been an inspiration for us.

Though we can’t have this event at this time, one day we will be back together even better than before.

Please feel free to be in touch with any questions or concerns.


Heather Nover
Branch Director, Hagalil and METNY USY

Lindsay Fabes
METNY Engagement Director

Mike Hirsch and Bruce Varon
METNY Engagement Associates

Matt Resnick and Wendy Pusateri
METNY Regional Youth Commission Co-Chairpeople

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Don’t miss out on METNY Encampment 2021

Sunday, August 22 for 6th-8th graders
Sunday and Monday, August 22-23 for 9th-12th graders
at Ramah Day Camp, Nyack, NY (Rockland County)

This year, Encampment will be two days for USYers or one day for Kadimaniks at Ramah Nyack.

Encampment is an amazing, decades-old METNY tradition. Teens make new friends, participate in extremely fun camp activities, and bond with the USY community in a way unlike any other. Encampment 2021 will include many of the same events you know and love from years past, and will be just as fun as any other Encampment you’ve been to!

Teens will NOT stay overnight at Encampment 2021. Teens will return to their homes. (Encampment is usually a week-long sleepaway program for both Kadima and USY.) Read METNY’s FAQ for more information.

Encampment is open to teens who will be starting 6th-12th grade in September.

USY: $206 (9th-12th) | Kadima: $106 (6th-8th)

FREE Transportation

Bet Torah Youth believes strongly in this excellent program. This year, we will provide FREE transportation from Bet Torah to Nyack, roundtrip, both days, to Bet Torah members in good standing. We hope providing transportation will make attending Encampment even easier for families.

Generous scholarship is also available for those in need from the Youth Fund. Please contact Seth Young.

Thank you to everyone who supports the Youth Fund! (Our annual High Holy Day card is one of the projects that supports this effort.)

The registration link below will take you to the USY Branch 4 Event Registration System. METNY is one of the USY regions in Branch 4.

If you need help, please email METNY’s Lindsay Fabes and cc youth@bettorah.org.