The following activities (and so much more) are arranged and supervised by our professional staff.

Camp Activities

  • Arts and crafts
  • Fishing
  • Gaga
  • Music
  • Nature walks
  • Sports and group games
  • Yoga


Friday night we will celebrate with a musical and sensory-friendly Shabbat experience. At Keshet and Camp Chi, Shabbat is about community and being inclusive. We make Shabbat fun for families whether they are familiar with the rituals or this is a completely new experience.

Family Entertainment

  • Professional magic show
  • Campfire with s’mores


After the children go to sleep and are under the care of our babysitters, adults get together for socializing. One night will feature an adult cocktail reception.

A room with a view…

Each room is individually climate controlled, with a private bath, and includes linens and towels. A pack-n-play, cot or bunk bed can be added to most rooms at no charge. Housekeeping is provided throughout your stay.

…plenty to do…

  • Daily meals and snacks served in our lakefront dining room
  • Exciting camp activities and programs
  • Walking trails
  • Air-conditioned/heated gymnasium
  • Outdoor basketball, volleyball and tennis courts
  • Campfire rings

…and accessible too!

All event buildings and housing being used at Special Needs Family Camp are accessible by wheelchair. The Perlstein Retreat Center’s roads and paths are paved with minimal hills while paths at Camp Chi are hard-packed dirt. Most guest rooms can easily accommodate a wheelchair or someone with a mobility impairment.

Keshet has held programs at the Perlstein Retreat Center for over 20 years, and is experienced in accommodating a wide-variety of needs. If you have concerns whether you or your family member can navigate the site, please contact Jennifer Phillips, Director of Recreation for Keshet.


Keshet and Camp Chi are leaders in the field of inclusion summer camp. The leadership team for this weekend has over 100 years of combined experience working with children with disabilities, their siblings and families.

Abbie Weisberg | CEO/Executive Director, Keshet

Abbie has been with Keshet for nearly 30 years and has worked as a teacher, program director and now as the organization’s leader. Abbie has spoken around the globe as an advocate for individuals with disabilities. Under her leadership, Keshet has become a “best practice” resource for other organizations across the country seeking to replicate Keshet’s inclusion model in their communities.

Jennifer Phillips | Director of Recreation, Keshet

Jen is an accomplished special education professional with over 25 years in the field. She has extensive experience as an administrator, trainer, consultant and direct service provider. Jen spent 11 years teaching in Keshet’s high school classroom at Ida Crown Jewish Academy. Today, she oversees Keshet’s robust recreation programs as well as inclusion programs at 17 day and overnight camps each summer.

Danielle Goldman | Social Worker

Danielle has worked with children, adolescents and families in counseling and recreational capacity for over 20 years. She began her career as a therapist at the Response Center and Jewish Children’s Bureau. She has written and implemented disability awareness curriculum for students of all ages. During the summer, Danielle is a vital part of the camp team as Keshet’s behavior specialist.

Brad Finkel | Director, Camp Chi

There are kids that never want to leave camp, and Brad is one of them. In fact, this will be Brad’s 33rd summer at Chi. After many summers as a camper, counselor, Assistant Director and now Director, Brad is deeply committed to the inclusion of kids of all abilities in the camp community.

2018 Schedule

2019 Schedule will be coming soon!

  • 3:00 – Arrival to Perlstein
  • 4:00 – Welcome and Overview of the Weekend
  • 4:30 – Scavenger Hunt
  • 5:30 – Musical Shabbat
  • 6:30 – Dinner
  • 7:30 – Family Bingo
  • 8:15 – Bonfire
  • 9:30 – Adults only: Oneg Shabbat
  • 7:45 – Early Morning Activities (optional)
  • 8:30 – Breakfast
  • 9:45 – Family Activity
  • 10:45 – Separate Kids/Adult Activity
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 1:15 – Family Meditation
  • 2:15 – Separate Kids/Adult Activity
  • 4:15 – Family Regroup
  • 5:15 – Dinner
  • 6:30 – Field Trip
  • 8:00 – Return to Camp
  • 8:15 – Havdalah and Snack
  • 9:30 –  Adult Program
  • 7:45 – Optional Morning Activity
  • 8:30 – Breakfast
  • 9:15 – Closing Program
  • 10:00 – Pack/Depart

*nightly babysitting is available until 11pm




Friday Arrival Snack
Cookies and Fruit

Traditional Friday Night Dinner
Matzah Ball Soup, Salad, BBQ Chicken/Chicken Fingers, Vegetables, Potatoes, Challah


Bagels, Cream Cheese, Lox

Cold Cut Buffet, BBQ Beef, assorted bread, salad bar

Pasta and Sauce, Lasagna, Salad Bar

Ice Cream Sundae Bar


Scrambled Eggs – Cheesey and Plain, Hash Browns, Toast


Note about Special Dietary Needs

Meals and snacks are prepared on-site and served in our spacious dining room overlooking the beauty of Blass Lake. We happily accommodate for any special diets.  Lunch and dinner meals include a full salad bar and breakfast has an assortment of baked goods, fruit and yogurt. Dessert after lunch and dinner are also included. If you have questions about whether a dietary requirement can be met, please contact Ari Wartell, Operations Manager for Camp Chi.

Our dining room is kosher, under the supervision of the Chicago Rabbinical Council.

Contact Us

Please contact us at 847.205.0274 or complete the form below.