Our History


 

 

In 1909, the Jewish Orphanage of Rhode Island was established on the site of what is now The Miriam Hospital. To offer a summer of fun for the residents, a camp was built in Narragansett. When the Orphanage closed its doors, the camp as we know it today was established. In 2003 the camp moved to its current location in Wakefield on 72 pristine acres surrounded by Nature Conservancy protected land. The state-of-the art facility was built with the needs of contemporary families in mind. The pristine setting includes playing fields, a theater, a recreation hall, two swimming pools, and a 400 seat dining room overlooking 600 feet of waterfront on Worden’s Pond.

If the walls of Camp JORI could talk, they would tell the story of four generations of campers coming into our door as wide-eyed youngsters, enjoying fun-filled summers.

Many JORI campers continue become counselors, and some now serve on our Board of Directors. Camp JORI fosters a feeling of family and long-standing memories of good times.