Alaina Yoakum

Alaina Yoakum

Inside Leadership
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

Read about the camp's plans to rebuild, then learn how you can donate to help URJ Camp Newman.

The Torah teaches us that the world is a fragile place. The destruction of buildings at our beloved URJ Camp Newman by California wildfires demonstrates this stark reality.

A press photographer was given special access onto Camp Newman before a team from URJ could get on site. While the devastation is startling, we immediately noticed one thing when we zoomed in on this photo.

The Jewish star on the hill that overlooks Camp Newman has survived.


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We know that today’s college students have lots of choices for summer jobs – but here are 10 reasons why working at a Jewish summer camp is the absolute best opportunity for someone who’s starting to think about a professional career.

1. You’ll gain valuable leadership and training skills.

Regardless of your college major, working at a summer camp puts you in a prime place to develop job-marketable skills. As a counselor, you’ll be overseeing large groups of children, and that work translates well into excellent management and personnel skills. You may also qualify for college...

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