Dear Rabbi Joel, A few months ago,when many in-person camp experiences were officially canceled, including all Ramah camps, you put into words what I struggled to express: "The Things We Will Lose." You quantified “the unquantifiable emotional losses of a cancelled summer,” man … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to My Camp Director: “The Things We Have Gained”
By Eileen Snow Price This summer was our 9th summer of running camp. When we made the decision to close camp, we had nearly 650 campers registered. That was in April and we just couldn't see how to safely bring kids together. By May, experts were understanding more about COVID … [Read more...] about 4 weeks of Camp. How our campers actually had fun and were safe at the same time.
By Ben Berger, Paul Bernstein, David Bryfman, Jeremy Fingerman, Anna Hartman, Miriam Heller Stern, Avi Orlow, Susan Wachsstock We are getting a lot of questions about how our fields within Jewish education are doing at this unique moment. As the pandemic has continued - and … [Read more...] about What’s Going on in Jewish Education? Answers from Leaders in the Field
By Solomon Fox Looking back at the middle of March seems like an eternity ago. Businesses started to shut down, schools transitioned their operations to virtual platforms, and everyone was focused on the present. While our country began to battle a vicious pandemic, few knew … [Read more...] about Amidst a Summer of Uncertainty for Camps, We Counselors Weren’t Forgotten
By Danny Herz The atmosphere was incredible, the crowd was electric, and the tension was palpable. It was the fall of 2007. Two great high school teams were competing in front of a sold-out crowd at a college basketball arena. As the head coach of one of the participating … [Read more...] about Collaborating with the Competition: Everyone Wins!