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How We Invested in Our Summer Vacation
URJ 6 Points Sports Academy, Crane Lake Camp, Eisner Camp, Camp Harlam, Kutz Camp & NFTY in Israel (from the Reform Judaism blog)
Two Pittsburgh rabbis have spent four summers at Eisner, two at Kutz, one on NFTY in Israel and several on faculty at Crane Lake. This year, their three children went to five different URJ programs. It’s not just about experience—it’s an investment.
The Magic of a Camp Shabbat
URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (from the Reform Judaism blog)
Rabbi Javier Cattapan makes the case for camp after attending one very special Shabbat at GUCI. The entire camp transforms: participants trade their shvitzy t-shirts and shorts for collared shirts and dresses, visitors flock to the sanctuary to pray and the strength of Jewish history, intentionality and spirituality is palpable.
Finding God in a Field of Wildflowers
URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI)
Jennifer had never been backpacking before. The frame of her backpack nearly covered her whole body, but she did not cringe under the weight. With a Torah story and a rabbi to guide her, Jennifer returned to camp with a handful of wildflowers, a few bug bites and a deep understanding of the value of dialogue.
The Genesis of a New Unit at Camp
URJ Greene Family Camp
This year, entering ninth graders at Greene Family Camp got a real treat: participating in the first-ever summer of a new unit on camp, s’ganim. For unit head Madeline Waggoner, it was more of a challenge. While searching for a theme to inspire her programming, she ended up going back to the very beginning: Genesis.
Eisner and Crane Lake Half Marathon
URJ Crane Lake Camp & Eisner Camp
In an incredible display of physical strength and endurance, camp staff recently ran and biked the 13.1 miles that stretch between Crane Lake and Eisner in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. The race, which promotes a healthy, active lifestyle, created camaraderie between the two camps.