Camp Timbrel is a one of a kind, unforgettable, Jewish experience. Girls and gender non-binary campers from all over come together for a truly spectacular journey of self-discovery, growth, and transformation learning skills and values that will empower them to succeed beyond the bounds of the Camp Timbrel family.
The name for Camp Timbrel is derived from Miriam in the Bible. After the Israelites left Egypt and crossed the sea, Miriam (Moses' sister and a prophet in her own right) led the women in joyous and celebratory singing and dancing. Her instrument was a tambourine, or timbrel. A timbrel has come to represent women and the power that women have to lead the world.
Why Girls and Gender Non-Binary?
We believe that when people are provided a environment where they can be one hundred percent themselves, they flourish. We believe that when people flourish they understand themselves to be holy, divine, created in God's image and deeply valued for their own unique talents and gifts.
And when this happens, when people have experienced a positive social connection with their peers, when they have experienced an authentic and personal exploration adventure, when they have lived in an empowering community environment, they take the lessons they have learned about themselves and others into any situation in which they find themselves.
We believe that when people are allowed to be fully themselves, they change the world.
In our world that is so dominated by pressure to conform, where women are still paid less than men, where men think its ok to objectify women, girls and gender non-binary people benefit from being unapologetically themselves. At Camp Timbrel, they live in an environment that is specifically for them. Each person's own inherent value is as a person created in God’s image, who is a co-creator of their reality, who is needed and valued for who they are, who knows that they are capable of making the world a better place for everyone through their own unique talents and gifts.
As far as we know, there is only one Jewish camp that focuses on this exclusively. Though many Jewish camps do focus on self-esteem and self-worth, except for one, none are focused on girls and gender non-binary people.
Who We Are
Executive Director, Rabbi Rachel Brown.
Working at camps around the country, Rabbi Rachel Brown came to a vision for an all-girls empowerment camp, where each woman is valued for their unique talents and contributions to create an all-girls, pluralistic-Jewish, summer camp.
Rabbi Rachel is an adventurer whose route to founding Camp Timbrel began long ago. While spending most summers of her life at Jewish summer camp – as a camper, counselor, woodworking specialist, art director, and Jewish program director – Rabbi Rachel noticed that there are few options for non-Orthodox Jewish girls who want to go to a girls-only Jewish summer camp. Thus her summer-camp-founding dream was born: to create a Jewish summer camp where girls can go to spend their summer living together, playing together, and being authentically themselves without the dynamics that the presence of boys brings.
Rabbi Rachel was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. She lives in Beachwood, OH with her family.
Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Rachel’s path has included attaining a BS in Architecture, apprenticing as a carpenter and traveling the Pacific Northwest by bicycle, with detours along the way to basic training in the Israeli army and living in Jerusalem for two years. She also holds a motorcycle driver’s license and a private pilot’s license.
Bio's of our Board of Directors and Board of Advisors members is coming. Stay tuned!