Outside the Box-Summer Enrichment


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Check out the Outside the Box highlight video here.


Check out the Outside the Box recap video here.

What is Outside the Box – Summer Enrichment?


With camps closed and limited recreational opportunities available this summer, seven agencies from the Rochester Jewish community have joined together to collaboratively develop an engaging summer program for kids ages pre-k through college that promotes socializing, community building and fun. 


Outside the Box provides age appropriate opportunities to socialize and interact with peers, and have “camp-like” summer fun, all while exploring different aspects of Judaism in multi-sensory and developmentally appropriate ways.  Through a variety of experiences both virtual and home-based, participants will engage both with the Jewish and secular community and at the same time foster relationships with peers, older teens (role modeling) as well as interface with adult role models.


Click here for the Outside the Box Summer Playbook.



Goals of Project

  • To provide children and families with a structured mechanism for staying connected to one another and to the Jewish community through age appropriate, multi-disciplinary engagement opportunities, which will be both home-based and virtual, that seek to:
  • Be fun, welcoming and embrace the spirit of summer!
  • Provide education in an engaging, multi-sensory and developmentally appropriate manner.
  • Help combat isolation and provide opportunities that promote mental wellness.
  • Build a sense of community among kids and families.



Communal Partners

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
  • Jewish Family Service
  • JCC
  • Temple Beth El
  • Temple B’rith Kodesh
  • Temple Sinai
  • Congregation Etz Chaim




Who can receive an Outside the Box – Summer Enrichment box?  There is something for everyone!

  • Early Childhood – Grade 2
  • Grades 3 – 6
  • Grades 7 – 9
  • Teens / Grade 10 - College



How it Works….

  • Starting on July 6th, each registered participant will receive an actual box, bi-weekly, which will be filled with age appropriate activities.  There will be multiple ways for kids and families to engage with “the box”
  • Families may choose to work on the boxes on their own, without any on-line engagement.
  • Many of the activities will have optional on-line learning components.  For example, there may be a designated time for a certain type of on-line art class that connects to a larger community art project.
  • Each registered participant will be assigned to a team which will have designated madrichim (counselors).  Each team will have scheduled on-line time with their madrichim, mimicking camp, to the best of our ability.
  • IN ADDITION, families have the option to register their children to be matched with an older teen mentor who is part of the JROC Thrive Mentorship Program, facilitated by JFS.  The JROC Thrive Mentorship Program provides families with an additional layer of support for their kids this summer.  The mentors can schedule virtual one-on-one time with their mentee or even have “social -distancing” play dates.



How do I get my box?

  • You must register in advance by clicking the button at the bottom of this page.
  • Pick up will be at Temple Beth El parking lot from 3:00 – 5:00 pm on the following Monday: July 6, 20, August 3, 17.
  • While there is no cost to participate in this program, please click here if you would like to sponsor a box or make a donation to help offset the cost of the total program.



Schedules & Themes: Please place your order by June 22, 2020 at 5:00pm and you will receive all four boxes.  If you miss the June 22 deadline, you will still be able to order Box #2, #3 and #4. See below to place your order.




Bi-Weekly Theme

Box #1

July 6 – 17

Kol Israel Arevim Zeh laZeh:

Taking Care of Our Community

Box #2

July 20 – 31

Hakarat Hatov: Seeking Joy and Being Grateful

Box #3

August 3 – 14

 Shalom: Helping to Create a Calmer, More Peaceful World

Box #4

August17 - 28

Teshuvah: Taking Responsibility for your Actions


If you would like to sponsor a box or make a donation to help offset the cost of the total program click below.

What else?

Please contact Rachel Kest with any questions or concerns at rkest@jewishrochester.org or at 585.241.8647.