By Eliana Leader and Rabba Yaffa Epstein Two are better off than one, in that they derive greater benefit from their efforts. For if they should fall, the one will raise up the other, as opposed to if one falls when there is no one to raise him. Ecclesiastes 4:10-11 Ecclesiastes famously teaches us that “Tovim Ha’Shnayim Min Ha’Ehad,” two heads are better than one. In classic Jewish learning circles this is known as Havruta - a methodology … [Read more...] about Two Heads Are Better Than One
[This essay is from The Peoplehood Papers, volume 22 - “Israel@70: A Peoplehood Perspective” - published by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education.] By Noam Pianko Earlier this spring, a group of young Jewish activists associated with the organization If Not Now petitioned the National Ramah Commission (the coordinating body overseeing over a dozen summer camps, which many of them had attended as campers), to integrate “honest” Israel … [Read more...] about As Israel Turn 70, A Reminder that Peoplehood is not Israel-hood!
By Rabbi Paul Resnick Every summer since 2007, alumni and friends of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires gather at the Salem Golf Course for a day of golf. What started as the brainchild of one alumnus to bring some of his camp buddies together for a day on the course has turned into another gateway to leadership development and engagement with camp. We just marked a decade of celebrating the golf outing! It was 13 years ago that one of camp’s … [Read more...] about A Gateway to Leadership Development
By Andrea Lieber [This article is the eighth, and final, in a series written by participants in the Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.] I live a double life as a Jewish educator. Most of my colleagues know me as a professor and director of the Jewish studies program at Dickinson College, a small liberal arts school where I have the privilege of tenure and hold an endowed chair. In this … [Read more...] about Experiential Education: An Approach. Not a Place.
By Shoshana Hebshi Kids who love Jewish overnight camp will have one more local option to choose from this summer. Eden Village West, the first expansion of Eden Village Camp in upstate New York, will open near the Russian River in Sonoma County on June 19 for the first of three sessions focused on farming, food, outdoor education and homesteading crafts. And, of course, building Jewish connections. Its debut will bring the total number … [Read more...] about S’more and s’more Jewish Summer Camps around the Bay