camp oakhurstPHOTO:   At Camp Oakhurst’s January 11thdedication pictured are (L to R) Jackie Medina, Katherine Olivios, Camp Oakhurst Board President Marilyn Friedman, UJA-Federation Executive Vice President Mark Medin, Matthew Martinez, Jewish Communal Fund Executive Vice President and CEO Sue Dickman. (photo attached: John Arcara Photography)

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ - In a January 11th ceremony, Camp Oakhurst rededicated its Activity Building after major renovations made possible by a generous gift from the Jewish Communal Fund through the UJA-Federation of New York. The 10,500 square foot building is the hub of Oakhurst’s therapeutic recreation and arts programming at this 15-acre site that serves children and adults with special needs through year-round residential and day respite programs.


Representing the Jewish Communal Fund at the rededication were Executive Vice President and CEO Sue Dickman. Also on hand was UJA-Federation Executive Vice President Mark Medin. Marilyn Friedman, President of the Camp Oakhurst Board of Directors remarked “We now have a state-of-the-art, modernized facility for our clients.” She continued, “These renovations will keep this central building structurally-sound and stable for many years to come.” Friedman also noted that the building provides an attractive facility for the broader community to host retreats, training seminars, and meetings.

The building contains an arts and crafts classroom, cooking program, media arts lab, computer lab, music and drama programs in a recreational hall and theater, suite of live-in staff rooms and an auxiliary medical clinic. The renovations included replacing the entire roof and all floor tiles and molding in the building, repairing and repainting all exterior siding, doors and windows trim and ceiling tiles, renovating the arts and crafts room and improving the lights and sound system in the theater.

Camp Oakhurst, operated since 1906 by New York Service for the Handicapped, serves the emotional, social, recreational, and physical needs of individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, including autism. Camp Oakhurst provides year-round respite services to enhance the quality of life for 500 children and adults with special needs, including autism and physical and intellectual disabilities, while providing both overnight and day respite for their families. Services are provided on both a scheduled and on an emergency basis.

This latest renovation project is part of a long range capital improvement plan to assure that Camp Oakhurst can continue to meet the needs of the community with attractive, compliant, and accessible facilities. Other features of the camp include an indoor heated pool, client residences, dining hall, medical center, sensory garden, and nature trails.

For more information on services available to the community contact Michelle Spears at Camp Oakhurst at 732-521-0215 or visit