Peri Smilow sitting in a chair surrounded by Kutz campers and laughing

Campers at URJ Kutz Camp had the chance to sit down and talk with Peri Smilow, director of program and engagement for the Associat

URJ Kutz Camp
Campers at URJ Jacobs Camp

Even though summer’s just starting, there’s much to look forward to when kids and teens return from their adventures. Here’s what to expect at the end of the summer.

Miriam Chilton
a group of kutz campers smile

For 53 summers, URJ Kutz Camp has trained the teenage leaders of the Reform Movement. Much of our congregational leadership, both professional and lay, attribute Kutz as having played a pivotal role in where they are now. Now, perhaps more than ever, sending the teens in your congregation to Kutz for the deep learning, purposeful skill-building, and leadership development that takes place in Warwick, New York, will set your teens and your congregations up to flourish, now and in the future.

Melissa Frey
Teenage girls dressed in white with their arms around one anothers shoulders from behind

For the last few years, URJ Camp Harlam has continually sought to create an open and safe community – an environment that is understanding and accepting, where bias and prejudice will not be tolerated.

Lisa David
Smiling campers in Camp Harlam shirts looking off camera

Senator Tammy Duckworth's words rang in my ears as I thought about our work at camp – helping children be seen for who they are and their potential, rather than be limited or diminished for their struggles.

Lori Zlotoff
Man slacklining between two palm trees on green grass in view of the ocean

This coming summer, the Camp Newman community will gather at California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) on the shores of the San Francisco Bay in Vallejo.

Ruben Arquilevich & Rabbi Erin Mason
Charred remains of the physical location of URJ Camp Newman beneath hazy skies with mountains in the background and a painted Star of David still visible on them

The Jewish star on the hill that overlooks Camp Newman has survived. What a fitting symbol for this moment. 

Alaina Yoakum
Ruben Arquilevich opening shed door to find Jewish ritual objects and prayer books unscathed by wildfires

Last week I visited Camp Newman, a victim of California's ongoing wildfires. My reflections encompass deep loss and sadness – as well as the beauty and joy of miracles.

Ruben Arquilevich
Wooden gate over the trees at URJ Camp Newman reading MAY YOU BE BLESSED AS YOU GO ON YOUR WAY SHALOM

The Reform Jewish Movement received devastating news last night upon learning that URJ Camp Newman's physical location was all but destroyed by wildfires.

Kate Bigam
View from behind of two young girls in bathing suits jumping into a lake with a thick forest along the banks

Rabbi Brenner Glickman of Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota, FL, recently witnessed the tremendous impact that a summer at camp can have. 

Elena Paull & Deb Spencer