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Summer camp: A Jewish tradition

June 27, 2013

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

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Summer Camp Is A Jewish Tradition cat-camps2
URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp

For some kids, camp is more than just their home away from home. It’s also an immersive Jewish social environment quite unlike what they experience in their everyday lives. Spending summers at Jacobs Camp gives Jewish kids the opportunity to be part of a community that will help them grow into Jewish adults. Read more »
Welcome To Israel, Where Being Jewish Is In The Details cat-israel2
NFTY in Israel

In Israel, "public space" is "Jewish space." This concept was apparent to our NFTY in Israel teens as soon as they landed in Tel Aviv and walked into the Arrivals Hall. They began their trip with questions and discussions that will only delve deeper as the summer goes on. Read more »
Kutz Staff Takes Action cat-camps2cat-socialaction2
URJ Kutz Camp

When the Kutz staff realized that a proposed Senate bill would affect the over 200 international staff members at URJ camps, they took to the phones. They reached 44 senators and impressed upon them the important role that these staff members play in successful summers. Read more »
It's Hard To Be Good: Giving the Gift of Life cat-camps2
URJ Crane Lake Camp

Last summer, Jeff Schwartz had his cheek swabbed by the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry when they visited Crane Lake. He was told there was about a 2% chance that he would be a potential donor, and went back to normal college life...until he was presented with a life-saving decision. Read more »
Green Eggs and Ham: Pushing Your Comfort Zone cat-camps2
URJ Camp Harlam

As staff members gather to prepare for the arrival of campers, they must learn to embrace new things. Staff at Camp Harlam are stepping outside of their own comfort zones so that they can help campers make the most of new experiences and opportunities all summer long. Read more »
How Beautiful Are Your Tents cat-camps2
URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI)

There are two ways to view the camp community: as a whole, and as a collection of individuals. Like Bilaam in Parashat Balak, GUCI's director, Rabbi Mark Covitz, sees things from both perpectives. There is beauty in each individual, but it is even greater when they all come together. Read more »
Affixing the Mezuzah: From Generation To Generation cat-camps2
URJ Camp Newman

A love of camp is something that is passed down from generation to generation. Rabbi Steve Chessler, a longtime faculty member at Camp Newman, saw it happen before his eyes as he and his seven year old granddaughter joined together to help dedicate Newman's new cabins. Read more »
A Summer of Kavannah (Intention) cat-nfty2
Mitzvah Corps New Orleans

Being a part of Mitzvah Corps is about more than just volunteering and performing acts oftikkun olam. It's more than spending two weeks restoring homes or planting in a community garden. It’s about learning to live with kavannah, or intention, not just in certain times in your life, but on a daily basis. Read more »


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