Tuesday, May 11, 2021
A New York sleepaway camp for Jewish boys plans to bar anyone who received the COVID-19 vaccine, according to reports.
Camp Hikon, which is in the planning stages, wants to prepare Orthodox Jewish boys for unspecified "political, environmental and economic" changes to come, but only campers and staffers who shun the vaccine can attend, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.
"Because of the kinds of demographic that I'm drawing from, most people who are coming will not have taken the vaccine," Naftali Schwartz, the camp organizer, who is from Brooklyn and describes himself as a veteran yeshiva teacher, told the outlet.
The JTA also noted a strong anti-vaccination sentiment among some Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn, where posters have gone up in recent days with misleading information about the shots.
The Camp Hikon website says it will occupy a lakeside location in upstate Livingston Manor, and that in order to safeguard children from COVID-19, it "will provide campers with an abundance of vitamin D and other prophylaxis as directed by our health coach."
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