In the National Council of Jewish Women archives at AJHS, there are photographs of Jewish children in the 1930s and 1940s at Camp Ella Fohs, a Jewish summer camp in New Milford, CT. Ella Fohs camp was owned by UJA-Federation New York and run by the Bronx/Riverdale YMHA.
Throughout its history, the National Council for Jewish Women has initiated community services that have encompassed a wide range of social issues including childcare and early child education, Jewish education and promotion, and summer recreation for children. In working with UJA- Federation and the YMHA, they were able to provide camp experiences to children.
Friendships formed over activities like going to the beach, playing sports, riding on playground equipment like see-saws, and other activities. These summer camps were great opportunities for Jewish communities to get out of the city, have fun in nature, develop a sense of culture and belonging, and be a supportive environment for Jewish children.
Featured here is a selection of images from the National Council of Jewish Women archives, showing children at the camps playing and bonding with each other.