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April 25, 2013

The Clipboard: News from the URJ Youth, Camp & Israel Programs
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May Your Memory Be A Blessing (Why I Go To Camp)  
URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) & NFTY Chicago Area Region

Carrie Wainer didn't know how to respond when asked why she spent summers at camp instead of relaxing on the beach. "It's just what I do," she would say. Now, after seeing the incredible support system camp and NFTY provided after the loss of three friends to cancer, Carrie knows how to answer that question.
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Changing the World One Bunk At A Time 
URJ Greene Family Camp

Ronnie became a counselor at Greene Family Camp because he wanted to give back to camp. At the Olim Fellowship staff development retreat at Camp Harlam, he was encouraged to think differently: his campers will enjoy different activities, music and camp traditions than he did, but those memories will be no less powerful. Read more »

Indelible Connections: How Birthright Cultivates Engagement  
URJ Kesher Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip
Ten days in the Jewish country  developing deep relationships that only an immersive experience can allow  gives participants time to cultivate and reengage with Jewish ideas. Birthright has the potential to shift adults toward greater Jewish connections. So what makes the connections through Kesher different from other trips? Read more »
Camp Was My Gateway To A Jewish Life  
URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) & NFTY-EIE

When Carly was asked how camp influenced her decision to go to Israel with NFTY-EIE, she laughed. The simple answer: she wouldn't be in Israel if she hadn't gone to camp! GUCI helped Carly develop her independence and taught the importance of community, both of which helped her feel ready to tackle her next big adventure. Read more » 

Using the ATM to Bring Teens to Temple 
Campaign for Youth Engagement from the blog

Congregation Or Ami has stumbled upon some success engaging teens in Jewish life in the most unlikely of places: at the ATM. At Or Ami, teens don't seek out the ATM for money, but instead to make deposits (of their talent) to the temple. The Art, Theater, Music program offers teens a chance to unwind and express themselves. Read more »

A Call To Action 
NFTY Chicago Area Region

Somewhere between scrubbing counters and counting dishes, Emily Dana developed a desire to help families of detained immigrants at House of Hospitality. A few weeks after volunteering, Emily had a brilliant idea: why not donate the extra goods left over after helping grandma clean out her kitchen to these families in need? Read more

Out Of The Box   
URJ Jacobs Camp
Ellen Alexander was getting ready for work when she heard the words "the Jew in the box" on the Today Show. What could this possibly mean? Matt Lauer came on and explained the art exhibit in Berlin. Ellen's husband Shawn was outraged. Ellen wasn't sure how to feel. Was it really so bad to ask questions about religion? Read more »


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