Jewish Summer Camp

Jewish Summer Camp

Rabbi Allan "Smitty" Smith on the bimah at Biennial

With the death of Rabbi Allan Smith – “Smitty” to all who knew and loved him – the Reform Jewish world has lost a true giant.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Children playing together in a lounge area

On Sunday night, the Dallas/Fort Worth area was hit by severe thunderstorms, including multiple confirmed tornadoes, which devastated parts of Dallas and the surrounding communities and directly im

Kate Bigam Kaput
Campers with their arms around one another and their backs to the camera during an outdoor Shabbat service

We're celebrating more than 20,000 youth, teens, and young adults immersed in a Reform Jewish experience. Here are a few other numbers that have us excited for summer.

    Elena Paull
    Happy teens posing together at summer camp

    While your youth may physically leave the building during the summer, the sense of community you’ve built all year long will stay with them as they venture across the globe. Here are some suggestions for how to stay connected this summer.

    Elena Paull
    Three campers in mid-air jumps on a grassy field

    Even as the cold creeps in and the new year begins, summer 2019 is on the horizon! We are already excited about the new opportunities available for Reform Jewish teens.

    Campers sit on a bench with their arms around one another and their backs to the camera as they sit in a circle with camp in the background

    It is not often I get to visit one place that holds all the best parts of what the Reform Movement has to offer – but Kutz is certainly such a place.

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs
    Two smiling tween girls with I LOVE CAMP written on their cheeks in face paint

    In today’s world, congregations’ mission statements have to include a clear statement of why we need worship, education, and a communal Reform Jewish experience.

    Amy Asin
    URJ Executive Vice President Julie Lerner and URJ Kutz Camp Director Melissa Frey stand side by side on a patio in front of some trees

    Staff at URJ Kutz Camp sat down with Julie Lerner, newly appointed executive vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, assigned with bringing continuity to all the efforts our movement.

    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
    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