CD captures spirit of Jewish camp songs

Jewish camp is a rite of passage for thousands of children and teens each year, and music nearly always plays a central role. From a packed mess hall to Shabbat services by the lake, the songs sung at Jewish camp form the sound track of summer for generations of young Jews.

Now those memories are captured on a new CD, “We Sang That at Camp — Songs Remembered from Jewish Camp.”

Lead singers Justin Jude and the Schneiderman Sisters take listeners through 13 Hebrew and English camp favorites, including “Am Yisrael Chai,” “Erev Shel Shoshanim,” “Salaam,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Bashanah Haba’ah” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

“Anyone who has been to a Jewish summer camp knows these songs. They are prayers and folk songs; songs that are explicitly Jewish and English songs that share the Jewish values taught at camp,” says Rob Wolf, who co-created the OyBaby series with his wife, Lisi.

“Songs like ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ to this day conjure memories of my years as a camper, then counselor, at Jewish summer camp,” says Michelle Koplan, executive director of B’nai B’rith Camp in Lincoln City, Ore. “Music is a key component of Jewish camping — for kids and adults alike — and ‘We Sang That at Camp’ allows all its listeners to always have a bit of camp with them as they play the CD … and sing its songs in the shower, car, wherever.”

“We Sang That at Camp” is the fourth CD produced by OyBaby and the first designed for an older audience. To help evolve the sound, OyBaby turned to Portland-based musician Jude to produce and sing on the CD. Jude was named Oregon’s best singer-songwriter in 2007 and a “Best of Portland” artist by KINK-FM in 2009.

MP3 downloads and the CD are available at