Camp Timbrel is a one of a kind, unforgettable, Jewish experience. Girls 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 Only Girls?
We believe that when Girls are provided a environment where they can be one hundred percent themselves, they flourish. We believe that when Girls 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 girls 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 Girls are allowed to be fully themselves, they change the world.
Girls will benefit from being in an all-girl environment. Girls will benefit from learning consensus decision-making, team building , problem-solving, independent thinking.
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 will benefit from being unapologetically themselves. They will live in an environment that is specifically designed to teach them their own inherent value is as a person created in God’s image, who is a co-creator of her reality, who is needed and valued for who she is, who knows that she is capable of making the world a better place for everyone through her 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.
Our Founders and Director
Working at camps around the country, Rabbi Rachel Brown and Hannah Henza came to Camp Timbrel from different but equally impactful backgrounds. Their combined vision for an all-girls empowerment camp, where each woman is valued for their unique talents and contributions has woven together to create the first egalitarian, all-girls, Jewish, summer camp in the Southeastern United States.