Taking part in a march is a powerful way to show solidarity in the hunt for justice. The URJ Crane Lake Camp community has been inspired by the NAACP’s 860-mile march from Selma, AL to Washington, DC, as well as the Reform Movement’s commitment to take part, and they’re acting by marching 860 steps while learning about the issues. Read more»
Sometimes, life mimics the movies in ways we’re not so ready to admit. When URJ Camp Harlam director Aaron Selkow finally broke down and watched ‘Wet Hot American Summer,’ he saw parallels to his 30+ years of experience at Jewish camp. In this thoughtful piece, he shares how everything he really needs to know about camp was learned by watching the movie (and subsequently the new TV show). Read more»
Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam are important aspects of the camp experience, just as they are in Jewish life as a whole. URJ Eisner Campers learned about organizations working to make a difference in the Jewish world and took part in a Walk-a-Thon to raise awareness, and have raised over $3,000 as a community so far this summer. Read more»
Kids bring home more than dirty laundry when they return home from camp. URJ Camp Coleman faculty member Rabbi Michael Birnholz tells the story of how he returned home from camp with a new passion for Judaism and Jewish rituals, and how his daughters now do the same.
What happens at camp can often be described as a kind of magic. URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy faculty member Lisa Friedman shares how this magic is created: by being intentional in every aspect of the camp experience.Read more»
NFTY-GER’s Pam Schuller recently gave an ELI Talk titled “I am Here; Hear Me Bark: Comedy, Disability and the Inclusive Synagogue,” a powerful statement on strengthening our communities by being more inclusive. North American Director of Youth Engagement Rabbi Bradley Solmsen took the time to interview her to learn more about this passion.Read more»