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The Chadash Program – A New Path for Young Adults with Disabilities



And then we asked, “what’s next?” It seemed only right and necessary that Coleman would be part of the next stage in Gideon’s life journey. So, in partnership with Bobby Harris and the Coleman community that is our family home, the Chadash program has been born. “Chadash” means “new,” and this truly is a new opportunity, a new path – one that can help give young adults with disabilities tools and skills for life success.

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Bringing 5,000 Voices to My Southern Jewish School



Not raised in the movement, I found it was just like when I first started my job as a Nadiv Educator with the URJ. I was once again being plunged into “Reform Boot Camp.” I found myself “always thinking” thinking like I think at camp. Thinking like I think at school

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Honoring Chiune Sugihara, An Unknown Hero



Before today, the Coleman community had never heard of Chiune Sugihara. After today, I do not think that they will ever forget about him.

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You’re Going Where? And for What?



I have been asked two questions a multitude of times over the last few months when I told people that I would be gone for part of the summer. “I’m going to CampColeman in Cleveland, Georgia. I’m going to be teaching a cheerleading clinic.” “You’re going where? And for what?” I was all too happy to tell anyone who asked all about my summer plans.

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Finding Redemption…At Camp



Coming to camp has many parallels with the Exodus story. When campers get ready for that first summer at camp, they are leaving everything they know; they are leaving home for an unknown land; they have to have faith that it will all work out in the end. (And, no, I’m not saying that our lives at home are Egypt or that parents are enslaving their kids… it’s an imperfect metaphor, but still one that is valuable.)

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The Mitzvah of Making Your Own Matzah



Each year during Passover tradition tells us to rid our houses of chametz (items that are not Kosher for Passover) and stock up on Kosher for Passover foods like macaroons, fruits and vegetables, and of course matzah. We all know that matzah can be purchased by the box or case, but did you know that you can actually make your own matzah?

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Praying With Our Feet



I have been to the mountaintop and I can see the future of Jewish education. Take your shoes off, friend. We’re walking on holy ground and praying with our feet.

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My Jewish December



Why do we celebrate this — or that? Do we combine holidays? How are the holidays different? How do *I* feel about being a Jew during this time of year? Why can’t I have a tree? What does going to church with your family mean to you?

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A Camp Life: Play, Pray, and a Love of Torah



When I started working with NFTY as an adult, I learned of the concept of hanhagah l’dorot, generational leadership. According to the NFTY website, it means “learning from those who came before us, and making choices to ensure the existence of the next generation.” In 1983, I had a very special rabbi at my home congregation who my entire family adored and trusted. He served on faculty at URJ Camp Coleman and convinced my parents to send my younger brother and me to camp, promising to keep an eye on us. He tapped the next generation and thus started my experiential educational career with the Reform Movement the summer before I began sixth grade. After returning home, with red Georgia clay staining my clothes and a new hand-signed Cabbage Patch doll from Cleveland, Georgia’s Babyland General, I asked my rabbi to give my doll a Hebrew name. He did a full ceremony and even gave me a certificate proclaiming her name “Chana Leah.”

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Recipes from Camp – Yum!



Food is an integral part of Judaism both culturally and religiously- and it’s an integral part of Camp Coleman! We’ve had several requests for the recipes from the Tarbut class (cultural elective) Jewish Cooking so you can take a piece of camp home with you.

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