Boy denied entry to Jewish camp stirring controversy in Canada

Controversy has been stirring in Ontario over a boy barred entry into a Jewish camp in Ontario.

As the story has been reported in numerous media outlets goes Tyler Weir was told he could not attend Camp Soleil with his friends this summer because he isn’t Jewish even though he attended the feeder camp Camp Shalom last year.

Camp leaders have called his attendance at the camp last year an oversight and stood firm in their decision not to allow Tyler to attend this year.

“The unique program that Camp Solelim has and the mandate of Camp Solelim is to create Jewish leaders and Jewish leadership,” Sindi Kachuck, the chair of Canadian Young Judaea, said in an interview with the news station CP24. “It is always wonderful to have people promote the Jewish cause that are not Jewish, but in this setting, we do feel that it is a unique Jewish experience and that is what our parents have entrusted in us with for 50 years.”

Other Jewish camps like Camp Wingate, a new private camp on the site of the recently closed Pripstein’s Camp Mishmar, have reached out to Tyler’s family offering him a spot at camp for him and his friends.

“It’s really upsetting because they let me go to Shalom last year and making all these new friends and having a great time and now not letting me go to Solelim,” Tyler said in the CP24 interview.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I’m the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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