Posts Tagged: Kutz Camp

The NFTY 50′s



By Eleanor Schwartz Excerpted from “Ani V’atah” NFTY Newsletter, February 2005. This decade was a Golden Era for NFTY; a time of innovation and creative energy, a search for and development of identity with an agenda for action within the congregation; the affirmation that teens and the Temple Youth Group (TYG) had come of age. […]

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URJ Kutz Camp – NFTY’s Physical Address



By Melissa Frey When Hattie and Milton Kutz gifted $100,000 of their estate toward the creation of a Reform Movement leadership training summer program for teens, the impact of their vision likely could not have been imagined. Tens of thousands of people, both young and young at heart, including many of the most influential professional and volunteer […]

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Hectic Times, in the Very Best Way



Despite the fact that summer, with its hopefully slower pace, is just around the corner, the last few weeks have been packed! At the end of April, I joined 117 congregational presidents who had gathered in Atlanta for the annual Scheidt Seminar, the URJ’s unique leadership training initiative specifically designed for current and incoming presidents. […]

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How We Invested In Our Summer Vacation



by Rabbi Barbara Symons and Rabbi Ron Symons We are writing to you in this special joint article from our modest room at URJ Camp Harlam, where we are now serving as faculty for two weeks of vibrant Jewish learning and living with 500 campers and another 200 staff in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. This […]

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Camp Works: Strengthening the Jewish Family



This summer, I walked into GUCI in Zionsville, IN, and immediately felt like I was part of the family. Why? Besides hearing a rousing rendition of “Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem” and the overwhelming number of Midwestern smiles and “hellos” I received, the thing that made me feel most like a part of the GUCI family was being introduced not as the CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, but as former GUCI campers Jeff, Evan, and Andrew’s uncle! As I see over and over on my camp visits – now 85 different camps – Jewish camps are each families on their own and they are part of our larger Jewish family.

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We Are Our Brother’s Keeper



As Jews, the concept of caring for the welfare of others seems to be a given. We are encouraged to give tzedakah and stay aware of the global crises that pervade our world.

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A Life of Jewish Music



by Cantor Rosalie Boxt Four hundred people are joined together, eyes shining, faces bright, voices raised in a glorious chorus. I am sitting in a small concert hall, eyes darting between the sheet music in my open binder and the brilliant conductor on stage. It is my first time attending the North American Jewish Choral […]

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I Wish I’d Gone to Jewish Summer Camp



I often find myself saying, “I never went to summer camp” – but that’s not exactly true. I did go to camp. I went to Camp Y-Noah, a YMCA day camp where I excelled at archery, in particular. I went to Camp Ledgewood, where I joined other Girl Scouts horseback riding, sleeping in tents, and […]

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Welcoming Rabbi Rick Jacobs to Kutz Camp



What a remarkable week we had last week at camp! We concluded Shabbat with Havdallah and a dynamic concert with Jewish musician Josh Nelson. The members of our Mitzvah Corps major implemented a compelling all-camp program focusing on mental health awareness. And Tuesday was one of our most exciting days of the summer, when participants […]

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“How Did You Pray When You Were Younger?”



by Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman Last week, I had the opportunity to spend a morning with the URJ Kutz Camp’s Torah Corps major, which focuses on Jewish studies. I visited a major each day during my week on faculty, but this one was quite unique. The purpose of my being there, in addition to doing […]

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A Renewed Sense of Purpose



It’s sometimes easy to forget when I’m working behind the scenes that a building contract ultimately represents so much more than just a physical space at camp – a new cabin, a renovated dining hall, an outdoor chapel – but also its programmatic impact on campers. Even pouring concrete is an intentional step in our path to building Jewish identity.

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Fireflies Over Kutz



It’s late in the evening on a muggy Saturday in July, long after the campers and even the other staffers have gone to sleep. There are three of us, two girls and one boy – two women and one man, really, because we are, after all, adults, although it is sometimes difficult to feel that […]

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A D’var Torah for NFTY’s Summer Home



As I stand here looking at this unrolled Torah, the history of our people, it makes me realize something: we have the opportunity to have great relationships with the Jewish people who came before us.

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Just Another Busy Day at Kutz



by Jeffrey Kagan I took this week off of work to serve as Visiting Faculty at the URJ’s Kutz Camp. While this was technically “vacation,” getting the most out of the faculty experience is only possible if you fully engage with the program, as well as create significant amounts of interaction with the camp staff […]

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