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It's Only May, But Camp Has Already Begun 
URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI)

Yes, the grounds at camp are empty. And yes, the way things have been going, who knows if we might not still get some snow. But, without a doubt, camp has begun. For all intents and purposes, it began in mid-April when our camp directors and assistant directors traveled to Israel to meet our Israeli staff members.
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Expanding Camp Opportunities For Kids With Special Needs 
Camp Chazak at URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps & Mitzvah Corps at Kutz 

The Reform Movement's mission to create inclusive, meaningful camp experiences for all campers was brought into even clearer focus this week when preliminary findings were released from the Foundation for Jewish Camp's study on Jewish camp for children with disabilities and special needs. Read more »

Why Birthright Is So Much More Than A Tour  
URJ Kesher Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip
Ben Zemmel uses the word "trip" loosely when referring to his ten days in Israel with Kesher Birthright. For Ben, "it was so much more than just a vacation with a tour." Birthright provided valuable perspective on Israeli society, culture and the Jewish people while also creating a powerful community among its participants. Read more »
A Letter To My Daughter For Her First NFTY Year 
NFTY Texas Oklahoma Region

Allison's daughter Logan is a freshman in NFTY's Texas Oklahoma Region (TOR), the same youth group she grew up in over 25 years ago. It wasn't until Allison dropped Logan off at the freshman event that she realized how much her NFTY years had shaped her identity, as a Jew, as a leader and even as a parent. Read more » 

The Key To Effortless Living 
URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI)

In her Confirmation speech, Jessica Heinz revealed that she was accustomed to being a minority. It was routine to be asked questions and depended upon to correct misconceptions as the only Jewish girl in class. So going to camp was about more than summer fun it was a way to experience a Jewish majority. Read more

A Suburban Dilemma With A Camp Solution   
URJ Greene Family Camp
Former GFC assistant director Joe and his wife just moved into their first house, complete with a formal living room and a family room. The only problem? What to call their two living rooms. In a stoke of brilliance, they decided they'd have a beit am (community room) and a moadan (clubhouse), just like at camp. Read more »


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