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

July 4, 2013 | 26 Tammuz 5773

A Holy Community cat-camps2
URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI)

Rabbi Mark Covitz, Director of GUCI, reflects on a difficult week at camp and how the community has come together and shown its strength. He shares his pride in his staff, and talks about the importance of going back to "business as usual" and focusing on the positive. Read more »
whentheentirecampisachallegnecourseWhen The Entire Camp Is A Challenge Course cat-camps2
URJ Greene Family Camp

Molly is a nine-year-old camper at Greene Family Camp. Born with Cerebral Palsy, she is used to facing challenges. But, with the help of the camp community, Molly is gaining confidence, overcoming obstacles and accomplishing her goals. She's realizing that it's okay to be different and that it's rewarding to stand up to challenges. Read more »
What Does A Camp Director Do The Day Before Camp Opens? cat-camps2
URJ Camp Harlam

Have you ever wondered what it is exactly that camp directors do? Harlam's Camp Council Chair Rosanne Selfon gives you a behind the scenes look into a busy day in the life of Harlam's Director, Aaron Selkow (the day before camp opens!). She finds out that being a camp director is much like leading a three-ring circus. Read more »
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URJ Camp Coleman

Every summer, the leadership of our URJ Camps select a special group of Israelis to serve as Mishlachat at our 13 camps. These important staff members infuse camp with spirit and pride for Israel and teach campers about modern Israel. Camp wouldn't be the same without them. Read more »
Why We Visit Europe cat-camps2
NFTY in Israel

NFTY in Israel L'dor V'dor groups travel to Europe before heading to Israel. They spend an emotional week visiting Prague, Krakow, Warsaw and Auschwitz, remembering not only the atrocities that took place there, but also the acts of defiance and courage. Then, they go on to Israel, our Jewish homeland. Read more »
Digging A Little Deeper cat-camps2
URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI)

At OSRUI, the community prays twice a day, every day. They read Torah on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They sing, they question and discuss. Most of all, they reflect on prayer, community, and what they can learn from one another. Campers and staff alike are compelled to dig deeper. Read more »
fightthepowerFight The Power cat-camps2
URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp

When a power outage knocked out the air conditioning at Jacobs Camp last weekend, Director J. C. Cohen was brought back to the "good old days." He realized that one thing remains the same: Electricity or no electricity, the camp community has always finds a way to thrive. Read more »
lessonslearnedmessymorning Lessons Learned From A Messy Morning cat-camps2
URJ Camp Kalsman

Camp is the one place where kids can let go, experience new things, strengthen their Jewish identities, and build lifelong friendships all at the same time. They can even spray shaving cream all over their friends or sit in a baby pool filled with oatmeal and water! Sometimes, you just have to get messy! Read more »
prideandjoyinequalityPride And Joy In Equality As DOMA Is Struck Down cat-camps2cat-nfty2
URJ Kutz Camp & NFTY

Just four days after the NFTY General Assembly unanimously reaffirmed NFTY's support of same sex marriage, the Supreme Court deemed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Although there is more work to be done, our teen leaders celebrated the progress that has been made. Read more »


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