This summer, more than 10,000 campers and 1,500 young adult counselors, as well as 2,000 participants and their leaders traveling through Israel and Europe, will experience Jewish community, learning and fun through a URJ Camp or Israel program. We can't wait to share their stories with you!
When we pack for camp, we fit a lot of things into our suitcases. We remember white clothes for Shabbat, a swimsuit, towels, sunscreen and a raincoat. We even find room to throw in a favorite stuffed animal. This summer, Camp Kalsman is also challenging campers to find a little space to pack something for someone else. Read more »
Eisner Camp's new partnership with the Amir Project will encourage campers to get their hands dirty while learning about sustainability and the importance of agriculture in Jewish tradition. With five different planned gardening plots, campers will dig in, grow their own food and ultimately give back by donating crops to a local food bank. Read more »
While each musician who attends the annual Hava Nashira songleading retreat comes in search of something different, all yearn for both substance and sweetness. The search, for this summer's NFTY in Israel music educators, mirrors the very Jewish combination ofchalav and devash milk for our minds and honey for our souls. Read more »
It starts with nerves that take up residence in the pit of your stomach and grows into anticipation. The wait for camp is well documented by first-time campers, but some may be surprised to find out that staff feel it too. Fortunately for this summer's staff team, though, the wait is almost over... all that's missing is the campers! Read more »
Jenn was a typical high school freshman. She kept her head down and tried to fit in. There was one topic, however, that she didn't want to be silent about: equal rights for the LGBTQ community. It was at Jenn's first NFTY event that she met other teens who used Jewish morals to guide their views and finally found her voice. Read more »
Kenny and Clay are no strangers to social action. In 2006, they created a foundation to encourage kids to read books and review them. They continue to give back through Kidsonbooks.org and, more recently, NFTY Mitzvah Day. Through it all, they've found inspiration through Jewish values and lessons learned at Kutz. Read more »
During her first summer at Greene Family Camp, Sam was so far out of her comfort zone that making friends seemed impossible. It took a summer, but she eventually fell in love with camp and came out of her shell. Now, in an effort to help other campers overcome the same feelings, Sam shares a few pieces of advice. Read more »