Jewish camp in Northern California ravaged by forest fire

At least 10 people have died so far in the forest fires, which blazed across the area Monday.

By JTA
October 10, 2017 07:57
1 minute read.
A helicopter drops water on a wind driven wildfire.

A helicopter drops water on a wind driven wildfire.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Much of a Reform Jewish summer camp has been wiped out by forest fires sweeping across northern California.

The Union for Reform Judaism’s Camp Newman, an hour north of the San Francisco Bay, has been “mostly destroyed” by the fires burning in the Sonoma and Napa Counties, the camp posted on Facebook Tuesday evening. Camp staff have yet to be able to visit the area.

Camp is not in session,  and everyone living at the campsite — along with its Torah scrolls — were rescued before the fires reached the camp.

At least 10 people have died so far in the forest fires, which blazed across the area Monday. At least 15 fires are burning in eight counties, 20,000 people have evacuated their homes and 1,500 buildings have been destroyed.

“As many of you may have heard, since 10pm last night, forest fires have been burning in Sonoma and Napa counties,” the camp’s post read. It is with tremendous shock and sadness that we share that the majority of the buildings at our beloved Camp Newman home have been destroyed.”


The camp moved to its current site in 1997 and dedicated a $4 million building last year, according to J., the Jewish News of Northern California. It serves 1,400 kids.

The camp advised on Facebook that area residents in need of water or power visit a nearby Reform synagogue, Congregation Shomrei Torah.

“Most importantly, we take great comfort in knowing that all of our staff are safe,” the post said. “We are so grateful to the first responders and firefighters who attempted to save our camp buildings. We are keeping these heroic and hardworking people in our thoughts and prayers as they continue to work to protect the people and the places in our Camp Newman neighborhood, for whom we will continue to pray.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

People take part in the Women's March in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., 2018
January 18, 2019
A timeline of the Women’s March antisemitism controversies

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA