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notaloneinthenegevNot Alone In The Negev: Understanding Where We Come From cat-israel2
NFTY in Israel

After spending four emotional and intense days in the desert, NFTY in Israel teens felt more in touch with themselves, each other and their shared history. They conquered fears, strengthened friendships and overcame obstacles, both physical and emotional, and emerged united. Read more »
You Never Know: A Lesson From Rabbi Rick Jacobs cat-camps2
URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp

When Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs visited Jacobs Camp, he reminded staff about what makes Jewish camp special. One small moment is all it takes to transform a shy, timid camper into a confident young person that craves to learn and interact more with their Judaism. Read more and watch the video »
"We Are The Next Generation Of Givers"  cat-camps2
A special group of campers are learning about philanthropy and helping to change the world for the better through a partnership with the Jewish Teen Funders Network. See what a group of teens can do with a little money and a lot of heart!

Teens at Crane Lake participate in first ever Teen Foundation and give $1,000 >
Campers at Jacobs raise money to give to two deserving charities >
Waking Up A World Away cat-mitzvahcorps
Mitzvah Corps Nicaragua

A few weeks ago, 17 teens set out to make life easier for residents of a small town in Nicaragua and form a lasting relationship between their Jewish community and the town. They discovered a simpler life, and what a difference a group of dedicated teenagers can make to an entire community. Read more »
 howwouldyoudefineholyHow To Define The Word "Holy" cat-camps2
URJ Camp Harlam

As the Camp Harlam staff took time to reflect and recharge in between sessions, Director Aaron Selkow challenged each person to ask a "Big Question" about camp. It proved to be a valuable exercise for everyone involved, and now Aaron is working on answering the questions one by one. Read more »
Finding Flexibility In A Room of Opinions cat-camps2
URJ Kutz Camp

Campers who take part in the Torah Corps major at Kutz Camp do a lot of learning. They discuss and debate with overwhelming enthusiasm and strong opinions –  but they also learn that the best discussions happen when the participants are willing to be flexible and learn from one another. Read more »
Counting To Ten: Jewish Values On The Basketball Court cat-camps2
URJ Camp Kalsman

At Camp Kalsman, playing sports isn't just about getting better at a particular craft or winning games. This summer, in addition to improving their athletic skills, campers are learning some Hebrew and a little bit about Judaism, while counselors are learning that campers are often the best teachers. Read more »
Giving Back Through The Camp Committee cat-camps2
URJ Greene Family Camp

Deciding what to make time for in our busy lives can be difficult. For one Greene alum and parent, it came down to passion. The GFC Camp Committee is a group of volunteers throughout the region who all feel passionately about Greene Family Camp and its future. Read more »
A Moment Of Giving, Not Taking, In Costa Rica cat-mitzvahcorps
Mitzvah Corps Costa Rica

Sometimes it takes a quiet moment beneath a tree in Costa Rica to realize the richness of our lives. Challenged to sit in silence and observe with all of their senses brought moments of gratitude and clarity to Mitzvah Corps participants, and gave them strength to continue giving back. Read more »


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