What 13 Year-Old Boys Taught Me About Inclusion

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July 16, 2015 | 29 Tammuz 5775

What 13 Year-Old Boys Taught Me About Inclusion What 13 Year-Old Boys Taught Me About Inclusion
URJ Camp Harlam

When a camper with Asperger’s Syndrome shared his diagnosis and struggles with his bunkmates, the group of 12 and 13-year-old boys embraced him and worked through their challenges in a thoughtful and compassionate wayRead more »

Finding Faith in the Actions of Doctors in Tzfat Finding Faith in the Actions of Doctors in Tzfat
URJ Mitzvah Corps Israel

Sometimes it takes a trip halfway around the world to learn about true chutzpah. Mitzvah Corps Israel participant, Leah Blitstein, was captivated by her experiences in historic Tzfat. What struck her most was seeing medical ethics at work as Ziv Hospital doctors treated Syrian patients, regardless of the political ramifications. Read more »

A Taste of Camp to Bring Home A Taste of Camp to Bring Home
URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy

Being part of the URJ camping experience is often a whirlwind of fun, bonding, learning and growing, but that experience doesn’t have to end when camp is over. Rabbi Deborah Bravo, a faculty member at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, shares her suggestions for keeping camp alive all year long. Read more »

From L’Taken to Machon Kaplan and Beyond: My Advocacy for LGBT Equality From L’Taken to Machon Kaplan and Beyond: My Advocacy for LGBT Equality
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Machon Kaplan participant, Abby Kirshbaum, first got involved with the Religious Action Center in high school, when her confirmation class took a trip to attend the L’Taken Seminar and had a chance to lobby legistration. Five years later, she is still working toward the same goal–passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), something she cares passionately about and feels obligated to address as a Jewish person in America. Read more »

Passion: The Most Important Connection Passion: The Most Important Connection
URJ Mitzvah Corps New Orleans

Progress in society often takes a passion for both history and current events, blending the two to make a positive impact in the world. Victoria Solkovits says her participation in Mitzvah Corps New Orleans is helping her to unlock that passion. On the Mitzvah Corps blog, she shares her story of how she saw communities ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. She walked the same path history makers walked decades ago in Selma, Alabama, and it has inspired her to take action. Read more »

Growing from Dreamer to Leader Growing from Dreamer to Leader
URJ Camp Kalsman

In the words of Theodore Herzl, “If you will it, it is no dream.” In just ten short days at URJ Camp Kalsman, faculty member Rabbi Jason Levine saw the remarkable transformation of campers from shy dreamers to true Jewish leaders. Here, he reflects on the achievement of goals and how these young campers will ultimately shape the future of the Jewish people. Read more »

Kids Come Home Taller From Camp Kids Come Home Taller From Camp
URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI)

Kids grow up a little when they take their first trip to camp. URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute faculty member, Kathy Schwartz, witnessed this tranformation of shy, often homesick first-time campers into independent and accomplished youth who can stand a little taller and prouder based on what they’ve learned. Read more »

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