2015 Clippy Awards Winners

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August 20, 2015 | 5 Elul, 5775

We rounded up ten of our most popular blog posts of the summer and asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favorites. Without further ado, here are the winners of the third annual Clippy Awards!

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clippys 1 After Converting to Judaism, I Found My Home at Camp
URJ Camp Harlam

Not everyone’s camp experience begins at a very young age. In fact, not everyone’s Jewish journey begins at a very young age. Counselor Chris Luber, a recent convert to Judaism, tells how URJ Camp Harlam has shaped and influenced his Jewish journey. 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 »

Time Traveling - Returning Back to Camp 30 Years Later Time Traveling – Returning Back to Camp 30 Years Later
URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI)

Time travel isn’t always like a science fiction movie. Shayna Warner, URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) Camper Care Coordinator, experienced GUCI first as a camper nearly 30 years ago. Now as part of the staff, she notices that the sights, sounds, and feelings remain the same while familiar faces from the next generation fill the camp. Read more »

A "Link" Between Science, Technology, and Judaism A “Link” Between Science, Technology, and Judaism
URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy

Judaism is in everything–even video games. Barak Malkin, faculty member at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, discusses how the staff is able to bring together core elements of Judaism and the development of video games in a compelling way for their campers. Read more »

8-Year-Old Camper's Tzedakah Project Raises Over $10,000 8-Year-Old Camper’s Tzedakah Project Raises Over $10,000
URJ Jacobs Camp

8-year-old Joey Roth started saving money to help sick infants after learning abouttzedakah at URJ Jacobs Camp. 18 months later, he has taken the project from a mason jar in his bedroom to a community-wide effort, raising $10,000 to date for the Baton-Rouge hospital in which he was born. Read more »

Ask Big Questions: What Am I Doing in Nicaragua? Ask Big Questions: What Am I Doing in Nicaragua?
URJ Mitzvah Corps

Mitzvah Corps participant Sam Dorow knew he was going to Nicaragua to build houses, but he also knew there was more to the journey than that. In his blog post, he shares an internal dialogue about the real reasons he signed up for Mitzvah Corps Nicaragua-Granada and how they have shaped his life. Read more »

Thank You for One of the Most Amazing Days of My Life Thank You for One of the Most Amazing Days of My Life
URJ Kutz Camp

Could you pinpoint a single day in your life to categorize as the best day of your life? Kutz participant Lauren Stock can, as she reflects on a day filled with kavannah(intention) and kehillah (community). Read more »

The Ritual of Opening Day at Camp The Ritual of Opening Day at Camp
URJ Eisner Camp

Many parents are often nervous to drop their children off at sleepaway camp; URJ Eisner Camp parent Evan Mallah was no different but found comfort in knowing it was a rare opportunity for his child to experience life outside the realm of homework, parental structure, and all-encompassing technology prevalent in today’s culture.
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Camp Teaches Us Valuable Lessons Camp Teaches Us Valuable Lessons
URJ 6 Points Sports Academy

Being a counselor at URJ 6 Points Sports Academy teaches valuable lessons beyond the realm of sports. Returning counselor and Cornerstone Fellow, Alyse Feldman, shares the life lessons she’s taken away from her experiences. Read more »

The camp network - how we met through Camp Coleman though our summers were over 30 years apart The Camp Network – How We Met Through Camp Coleman Though Our Summers Were Over 30 Years Apart
URJ Camp Coleman

Camp fosters a sense of community that extends long beyond the confines of the grounds or one’s tenure as a camper or staff member. Two alumni who never attended camp at the same time have formed a professional relationship in recent months, proving that the camp network can make remarkable things happen. Read more »

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