Camp Haverim (grades TK - 11)
Why Camp Haverim: Jewish Values and more

Top Ten Reasons for Choosing Camp Haverim

1. Accredited by American Camp Association – adhering to the highest standards 
2. State of the art facility with on-site pool and gym
3. A wide variety of activities to choose from
4. Flexible scheduling
5. For less than $11/hour your child can have field trips, late nights, science, special events and much more
6. Swim lessons and recreational pool time
7. Judaic enrichment specialists from Israel
8. Caring, professional, college-educated counselors and staff
9. Safety first and foremost

10.Open to the community


Focus on Jewish values

Camp Haverim and its dynamic staff weave Jewish values, culture, and traditions into each and every day at camp. Jewish and Israeli culture is celebrated through song, food, art, and dance. Ruach (spirit) is evident from the start of each morning with the “flag pole”, or rauchous games and intro to the days’ activities, Shlichim (Israeli counselors), Shabbat programming, Hebrew words, and Jewish themes and activities are essential — and fun — elements throughout each camp session. The impact of Jewish camp is immediate—campers are connected to a community and friends that last a lifetime.

Children with pivotal Jewish camp experiences are more likely to become adults who value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes, and take on leadership roles in their communities.

V’Ahavtah L’rei-achah kamocha - love your friend as you love yourself
Tikkun Olam - repairing the world
Chesed– kindness
Ruach HaSport – sportsmanship
Tzedakah – charity
– honor/respect 
Tzaar Balei Hayim – taking care/kind to animals
Ahavah – love
Tzedek – social justice


Check out this article:

“Six Reasons to Attend Jewish Summer Camp”


Staff Excellence

At Camp Haverim, we pride ourselves in our tradition of professionally trained, creative and caring staff. Our hiring process sets the tone with selecting staff we believe will add to our Camp Haverim community through interviews, thorough background checks, and consulting personal and professional references.

Interested in being a part of our staff? We are looking for qualified enthusiastic individuals who want to work in a fun, summer camp environment. Visit Join Our Staff for more information.

Camp Leadership

Audra Martin: Director of children programs and Camp Haverim

Audra has been the Director of Merage JCC’s children programs and Camp Haverim (grades K-5) for 11 years. Audra was recruited from the Flanzer JCC in Sarasota, Florida to Orange County to open the new Merage JCC and launch its children’s programs. Being an employee in the JCC field for almost 20 years, Audra enjoys working with children on all levels and strives to watch them grow within her programs. Audra has a degree from University of South Florida in Business Administration and Finance. While not working, Audra enjoys spending time with her show dog, Bellah.


Carly Singer: Assistant Director of Merage JCC's children programs and Camp Haverim

Carly oversees the J’s children and camping programs, ensuring that our Jkids are learning and making memories and friendships in a safe environment. She is passionate about kids and education, and uses a strong Jewish background to teach our kids amidst Jewish values. She has taught at several Jewish preschools, served as a Camp Haverim Unit Head for two years, and English in Israeli elementary schools. Carly grew up in Irvine and attended Temple Bat Yahm. She studied education at Chico State, where she was also a soccer stud.



Marianne Barth: Club J Afterschool Director and the Camp Haverim Early Childhood Specialist

Marianne is passionate about children’s education and Jewish values. For over 15 years, Marianne has worked with children in Jewish education programs, both in early education and elementary. Currently she oversees Club J, our after-school enrichments program for students K-5th grade, and manages Camp Haverim’s K’ton Ton unit for campers entering TK and Kindergarten. Marianne works closely with Aronoff Preschool to ensure a smooth and easy transition for our campers. In addition to spending time with her campers, Marianne loves spending time with her family.