Sweden’s Jewish summer camp reverses decision to cancel 2020 session

Glämsta, Sweden’s only Jewish summer camp has reversed its decision to close its 2020 session.

The 111-year-old summer camp located in Stockholm’s archipelago had declared last month that it would cancel its sessions this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Stockholm’s Jewish community said it would allow a smaller group of kids to participate this summer following new guidelines from the Swedish government.

Kids living in Stockholm who were born in 2005 will be allowed to do a sleep-away session, as they are the last age group that would be allowed to participate in the camp. The total number of campers and staffers will not exceed 50, the maximum allowed by the Swedish government.

Those campers represent a fraction of the 370 kids who had signed up to participate this summer. Stockholm’s Jewish community, which runs Glämsta, is also offering a day camp for kids who live in the capital.

The camp plays an integral role in Sweden’s small Jewish community of 15,000. For many children, especially those living outside Stockholm, it is the only time of the year that they are surrounded by other young Jews and learn about their heritage.

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