Jewish life often exists in places few thought were possible, and east Africa is no exception. More than a decade ago, Rabbi Noam Katz traveled to Uganda to volunteer with the Abayudaya Jewish community there. Years later, the young leaders he met joined him at URJ Camp Coleman.Read more»
Campers and counselors each have their own reasons for spending summers at camp. URJ Crane Lake Camp Communications Specialist, Lindsey Blackman, has spent the last nine summers at camp strengthening her Jewish identity and learning to love herself. She answers the question of “why do you go to camp?” in detail on the blog. Read more»
Life at camp is in “the world as it should be,” but as URJ Eisner Camp faculty member Rabbi Joel Mosbacher points out, some of the most powerful moments of camp life are those when the community looks out in the world as it is. On the blog, he shares how an all-camp program called “Do Not Stand Idly By” taught campers of all ages not to be bystanders when it comes to everything from environmental issues to gun violence. Read more»
Before leaving to participate in Mitzvah Corps Costa Rica, Deborah Pehr was left with an important question to consider during her trip: “For whom are we responsible?” She shares how her journey helped her answer this question, both as the group completed their service projects and later, during team bonding activities.
The transition into middle school can be a tough one for many young students, but there are several ways camp can prepare them. Lisa Langer, Associate Director of the URJ’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolution, shares five ways that her experience serving as a faculty member at URJ Camp Newman proves this point, teaching campers important skills for middle school and for life.Read more»
For rabbis, spending time at camp is an important part of the summer experience. Rabbi Meredith Kahan, Assistant Rabbi and Educator at Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, shares all of the reasons why her stint as a faculty member at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute was important for both her and her congregation.Read more»
Many people say their camp connections are like family, but for URJ Jacobs Camp alum and parent Tiffany Bilbe, sending her kids to camp meant sending them to meet and connect with actual relatives–cousins from near and far. On the blog, she shares her story of sending her family to connect with their Southern Jewish roots, and what it means for the “Bilbe Circus” to be part of camp–chickens and all!Read more»