By Jennifer Lieb The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) developed its Inclusion program within MJCCA Day Camps, to ensure our stellar camp activities were accessible to all children in the community, regardless of ability. Our Inclusion program allows for children with special needs to participate in our camp programs alongside their typically developing peers. Offering an inclusive camp experience not only takes the desire … [Read more...] about Thinking Inclusion: First Steps to Launching a Successful Inclusion Program
By Rabbi Isaac Saposnik Over the weeks leading up to election day here in the United States, and especially in these last days since the heartbreaking shooting in Pittsburgh, I’ve found myself thinking more-and-more about the increasingly divisive climate in this country. And I’ve been thinking about the role all of us - including those of us on the progressive end of the spectrum - play in creating that climate. I run immersive summer … [Read more...] about Summer Camp Isn’t a Break from the Real World … It’s Preparation for It
By Michelle Shapiro Abraham and Rabbi Ana Bonnheim
Young Jewish professionals are a growing cohort of just-out-of-college professionals who are eager for Jewish living and learning. Their jobs in the Jewish world are often their first jobs out of school and often in synagogues, where they are charged with being the “pied-pipers” of youth engagement in their communities.
The Union for Reform Judaism has increased our support of these new … [Read more...] about From Camp Counselor to Full Time Youth Professional:
What We are Learning About Millennials in the Field
[This article appears as part of a series presented by the SafetyRespectEquity Coalition about the work of Jewish organizations to prevent and address sexual harassment and gender discrimination. By pulling back the curtain on works in progress, the Coalition hopes to inspire others to begin their own crucial reform efforts. You can read the framing piece here.] By Jeremy J. Fingerman Jewish summer camp is a laboratory for the Jewish … [Read more...] about Jewish Camp as an Incubator for Culture Change
By Daniela Greiber A two-hour ride north east of Stockholm takes you to Glamsta summer camp, the crown jewel of the Swedish Jewish community. In consecutive operation for 109 years, Glamsta invokes cherished memories for most Swedish Jews. As the camp director showed me around in July, he pointed at a picture of his mother as a chanicha in the 1960s and showed me a carving on a door that he made as a chanich in the late 80s. Today, the site … [Read more...] about Four Site Visits and Some Thoughts on European Jewish Camping