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Welcoming the stranger

June 6, 2013

The Clipboard: News from the URJ Youth, Camp & Israel Programs

June 6, 2013 | 28 Sivan 5773

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URJ Greene Family Camp

Jane's son Sammy calls Greene Family Camp "sacred ground." So, when Jane received an email asking camp families to help house Israeli counselors before the session, she couldn't say no. What transpired over the visit reminded Jane not of the obligation to welcome the stranger, but of the joy in welcoming the stranger. Read more »
Bringing Together Jewish Musicians From Across the World cat-camps2
Hava Nashira at URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI)

Imagine a place where individuals from across the globe  and across the URJ and Ramah camping systems  join together for the same purpose: to create music and learn from one another. For Rachel, Hava Nashira has been the place to experiment and grow, and her fifth experience at the conference was no different. Read more »
coleman-cornerstone Cornerstone: A Week of Staff Growth, Learning and Laughing cat-camps2
URJ Camp Coleman

Entering his third year as a staff member at Coleman, Justin was sure he wanted to become a Cornerstone Fellow  he just wasn't exactly sure what that meant. At a recent retreat, he found out: Justin met staff from 56 other camps, learned new "back pocket" games, developed intentional storytelling skills and so much more. Read more »
These Kids Will Remember You  cat-nfty2
Camp Jenny, sponsored by NFTY Southern Area and Southern Tropical Regions

Michelle was nervous. This was her first time working at Camp Jenny, a camp for underprivileged students from inner-city Atlanta. On the second to last day, one of the boys she'd bonded with asked, "Michelle, will you come to play basketball with us before we leave?" That's when she knew she had made a difference. Read more »
nftygiant  Find a Giant. Be a Giant. cat-nfty2

When Liza first heard about the concept of a NFTY giant, she didn't get it. Was it something about physical stature? Or maybe someone who had made a giant impact on NFTY? Now, she understands: NFTY giants are the board members who walk the extra mile, the advisors who lead by example and the friends you never forget. Read more »
New Israel Engagement Models for Jewish Camps cat-camps2
URJ Camps on eJewish Philanthropy

Five years ago, the URJ Camps launched an Israel education initiative to develop strategies, curricula and an evaluation process to reimagine, enhance and deepen the presence of Israel at camp. As a result, we're now regularly asking (and answering): "At our best, how should Israel be present at cam
p?" Read more »


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