Imagine how we might increase the degree to which our learners are engaged in Jewish learning and living if institutions required their professionals to spend “x” amount of time contributing to an environment other than their own. by Zachary Lasker, Ed.D. I will always fondly recall David, my childhood teacher and youth group advisor, when I recite Birkat HaMazon. In high school, David taught me that it was customary to markedly lower your … [Read more...] about The Educator: Multiple Settings to Multiply Impact
Camp Harlam, the Union for Reform Judaism's regional overnight camp based in Pennsylvania, has received the largest gift in its history from the Weidhorn Family Foundation of Manalapan, New Jersey. The Foundation has gifted $1,000,000 to fund an endowment supporting needs-based scholarships for families with multiple children attending the camp. The Weidhorn Scholarship Program will directly address affordability, specifically for families … [Read more...] about URJ Camp Harlam Receives Million Dollar Gift
by Eileen Price Spring is here. Summer is around the corner. And I’m busy prepping for another fantastic season at In the City Camp, the intown Atlanta Jewish day camp I started three years ago. I’m hiring enthusiastic Jewish counselors, ironing out the details of the summer’s Jewish theme, and working with activity specialists to weave Judaism into art projects and cooking sessions. While clicking around a Jewish culture website the other … [Read more...] about Jewish Day Camp Works Too
by Anabelle Harari After a whirlwind year of graduating from Mount Holyoke, volunteering for four months in Nepal, and traveling for a few months in India, I landed somewhere I never thought I would be - Jewish summer camp. I grew up going to day camp at the JCC in Northeast Philadelphia, but spending eight weeks in the woodlands of Ontario with some 500 Jewish was certainly foreign to me. … [Read more...] about The Power of Gardens at Jewish Summer Camp
by Susan Rifkin Ask today’s Jewish youth “What is Israel?” and you would probably get a response that includes Hebrew, hummus, culture and conflict. Israel Night at the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s recent Leaders Assembly included many of these elements, with a record number of attendees feasting on Israeli delicacies, singing and dancing to Israeli music. … [Read more...] about Does Israel Education Matter at Camp?