Lisa David

Lisa David

Inside Leadership
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. The leadership of camp – our professional staff, lay leaders, and other stakeholders – have invested quite a lot in our effort to continue to shift our culture to be even more aligned with our Reform Jewish ideology, which believes that every individual is created b'tselem Elohim, in God's image. We have worked hard to develop policies, programs, communication, outreach, and training in...

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Dark night full of stars above a campfire near a lake

I’m continually amazed by the way Jewish ritual has a way of lifting up everyday moments and making them holy here at Jewish summer camp. At the end of a long day at home, we could simply say goodnight. Instead, at URJ Camp Harlam – the Reform camp in Kunkletown, PA, where I serve as the director – we wrap our arms around one another, gaze up at the stars in the sky, and sing the Sh’ma and Hashkiveinu, praying to be able to lie down in peace at night and return to life the next day.

Another ritual that lifts up a moment in time to make it holy is when we recite the Shehecheyanu –...

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