Honoring Harold Grinspoon & Jewish Camping
If you or your children have ever attended one of the Union for Reform Judaism’s 12 camps (13 this summer, with the opening of 6 Points Sports Academy!), you probably owe a debt of gratitude to philanthropist and real estate entrepreneur Harold Grinspoon, whose support for Jewish education has had a profound impact on countless Jews.
Last week, the URJ awarded Harold the 2009 Alexander M. Schindler Award for Service to World Jewry for his dedication to Jewish camping. The annual award, named for the second President of the URJ, honors an individual who has shown passion, leadership and commitment in relation to world Jewry.
Since 2004, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation has provided more than $20 million in services and matching grants to help make camping a central part of Jewish life. Another program, administered by the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy, provides expert counseling services that aid in the development of professional and lay camp leaders. By funding technology initiatives, he has also made it possible for the URJ to increase contact and participation with camp alumni in development programs.
The following video of our “Celebration of Jewish Camping” features an introduction of Harold and his phenomenal accomplishments and generosity, along with remarks from him about the importance of Jewish camping. Keep watching for our tribute to Jewish camping and all it’s done for Jews across North America.