Posts Tagged: Summer Youth Experience

Rabbi Rick Jacobs Travels to the Deep South



Summers in New York City are blisteringly hot. To escape, some people head to the Jersey Shore or to other beaches to cool off; others head to the mountains to get away from the humidity. Me? This July, I headed to the Deep South – Tennessee and Mississippi, to be exact – and although I […]

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Camp Harlam: Where Family Becomes Family



…siblings, cousins, parents and children – intentionally find one another, not just to say “Shabbat Shalom,” but to check in with each other, to really embrace each other, to talk to each others’ friends and counselors, and ultimately to deepen their relationships.

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Mitzvah Man & Other Jewish Superheroes



Cantor Ross Wolman shares his experiences and thoughts on the Kallah Limud from the last two weeks.

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Back to the Future: An Update on “Unplugging” at Camp



Walk into any cabin at GFC and it’s a scene from Back to Future: campers have taken to the games like fish in water. There is laughter, healthy competition, camaraderie and good old fashioned fun.

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Where Campers Fly Like Birds



If you have the chance to walk by the zip line here at camp, keep an eye out for the birds speeding down. Look for their smiles and know that each one is making a memory that will last a lifetime. Like I said, it is my privilege to make this possible, and I cannot wait for the chance to help even more of those birds fly.

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At URJ Summer Youth Programs, the Heat is On!



As I write this, more than 12,000 youth, teens, college students, and young adults are participating in our summer programs. Our diverse summer line-up includes the URJ Camps, NFTY in Israel trips, NFTY-EIE High School in Israel, RAC Machon Kaplan college internship program and KESHER Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. Staffing these programs are more than 1,000 […]

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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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How I Met My Brother



HSJ becomes more important to us than ever before. It is our portal of communication. It is the place that we can come back to in one year or twenty years and act like the same goofy kids we always have been. It is the sanctuary where we both discovered our Jewish identities. It is our safe haven and our home. It shaped who we are today.

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J-Life: An Opportunity for Constant Teaching of Values – and Fun, Too!



Coming up to camp I knew that we had moved from Shiur, the programed period for Jewish education, to J-Life rotations in the Garden, Israel education, Israeli Scouts and Teva (nature).

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An Invitation to Belong: Opening Day at Kallah Bet



When you do something three times a day, it can become about more than just following tradition. See how we’ve transformed the practice of chanting Birkat HaMazon.

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For Everything There is a Season



As an educator…it’s all about relationships; it’s all about being social.

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Internet Round-Up: The Best Jewish Stories on the Web



Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the webosphere that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know! “Paying Our Fair Share,” Washington Jewish Week Finding the best financial model for congregants to pay is a challenge […]

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10+ Things I Really Hate about URJ Camp



Now in my third day as faculty member at the URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA (and in my 18th year on faculty), I have been here long enough to clearly articulate all the things I hate about this place. And there are many! Waiting in line for 3-5 minutes for a meal that […]

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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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