Mission Statement

Jordan River Village, Israel - the place in the Middle East where children with serious illnesses can just be kids.



By creating free, fun-filled, memorable, empowering, medically sound and safe camping experiences, the Jordan River Village enriches the lives of children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds in Israel, who suffer from a chronic or life-threatening illness.

The Camp:

The Village’s 60-acre, wheelchair-accessible campus in the Lower Galilee of Israel is the only camp of its kind in the Middle East. Open year-round, the Village can accommodate up to 64 campers during each session.

JRV has everything expected at a children’s camp: 12 bright and comfortable camper cabins, a communal dining hall, theater, sports center, arts & crafts building, a specially heated and treated pool, library, petting zoo, adventure tower, and more. The Village also has a state-of-the-art, yet unobtrusive 24-hour medical center.


Children who visit the Village have the experience of a lifetime. They leave their illnesses at the door, and participate in the broad range of camp activities enabling them to have fun, succeed, come together, and discover new things. In addition, campers meet other children who face challenges similar to their own, and make life-long friends, and circles of support.


This unique endeavor was a dream of its founders Murray (z"l) and Marilyn Grant, and spearheaded by Chaim Topol and Sara Lahat. After years of fundraising efforts with international and Israeli donors and foundations, and working with the Israeli government, the Jordan River Village opened in August 2011.

The Paul Newman Connection:

The Jordan River Village is a proud member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network., founded by Paul Newman. Click here to learn more about the SeriousFun Children’s Network.