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Explaining The Summer Time Warp: They Just Don't Get It cat-camps2
URJ Greene Family Camp

On This American Life, Ira Glass argues that it can be hard for camp people to talk about camp with 'non-camp people.' GFC staffer Sam's school friends agree, and tell her that "it's not normal to escape reality every year for two months." The truth for Sam, though, is that camp is reality and the other 10 months are escape. Read more »
The Space Between: Lessons From Opening Night cat-camps2
URJ Camp Kalsman

As is tradition, at the beginning of each session the director and assitant director stand in front of Camp Kalsman with a mix of staff and campers between them. But what makes the opening ceremony special aren’t the remarks from the camp leadership – it’s the incredible stories of the six people who stand between. Read more »
The Evolution Of A Leader cat-nfty2
NFTY Mid-Atlantic Region

Two years out of high school, Rachel Collman is just starting to understand all she learned in NFTY. Rachel began as a youth grouper and grew into a local and regional leader. While the work wasn’t easy, “the community was incredibly supportive.” That momentum has kept Rachel engaged into college and beyond. Read more »
The Beauty Beneath Masada's Surface cat-israel2
NFTY in Israel

Erin Dlott had heard the story of Masada and the Zealots’ battle for years. She studied the time period in religious school and listened to her parents speak about it often. So, when it was finally her turn to visit, Erin was unprepared for disappointment. Turns out, Masada isn’t about the site itself; it’s about recognizing our pride as Jews. Read more »
Campers Bring Recycling Back To GUCIcat-camps2
URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI)

After noticing a lack of recycling bins around camp, two campers knew it was time for change. Emma and Ellie addressed the camp leadership, proving why recycling matters: it’s great for the earth and it’s a Jewish value. With support from the directors, the girls organized their peers into GUCI’s first-ever Recycling Crew. Read more »
Where Do You Find Your Spirituality? cat-camps2
URJ Camp Harlam

Rachel has a vivid memory of herself as a middle schooler: she is asked to close her eyes and imagine herself somewhere relaxing and far away. She quickly conjured up a beach, but her subconscious nagged her to dig deeper. That’s when she felt the gentle breezes and saw the swaying leaves of Harlam’s Chapel in the Woods. Read more »
Before And After: Experiencing Costa Rica cat-mitzvahcorps
Mitzvah Corps Costa Rica

In the U.S., many things that are environmentally friendly – like hybrid cars and organic food – are not economical to buy, and much of what is affordable is not environmentally friendly. That’s why Marty decided to spend the summer volunteering in Costa Rica, learning how the indigenous Bribri community have found a middle ground. Read more »
The New Face Of Camp Newman cat-camps2
URJ Camp Newman

Hundreds of current and former campers, staffers, board members, donors, clergy and representatives from the Jewish community recently helped celebrate the dedication of the first “village” in the new retreat center at Camp Newman. “These cabins are just the beginning,” said board chair Daryl Messinger. Read more »


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