The more I think about the incredible week I spent as faculty at Camp Chazak, the more energized and enthused I become about all the URJ is doing to meet the needs of Reform Jewish children regardless of their special needs. In meeting these needs our camps take a back seat to no one.
on September 7, 2012
on August 31, 2012
Rabbi David Spey returns from a summer on faculty at 6 Points, a URJ specialty camp that has flourished in just three short years since opening, instilling athleticism and Jewish pride in its campers – and visiting faculty.
This past weekend, generations of campers and staff from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000’s joined together to reminisce, sleep in the bunks of our childhood, join in song, and pray as one community.
on August 28, 2012
These counselors, these young men and women are what Abraham Joshua Heschel called “textpeople”. With their hearts full of unsurpassed delight and unmatched enthusiasm for Jewish camp style living, they inspire the next generation of Reform Jews.
I’m especially aware this year of the fundamental life lessons that one learns during summer camp, and I’ve been wondering why the rest of life isn’t more like my weeks at camp. Here are seven important lessons to take away from this summer.
on August 14, 2012
When we talk about the impact that Jewish summer camps have on the Jewish future, we often talk in large numbers and percentages. But as I head to pick up my own children from Jewish summer camp, I am reminded of the individuals whose lives – not only their Jewish identities – are profoundly impacted by their summer home.
on August 9, 2012
This past weekend, the NAC (North American Camp Committee of the URJ) invited lay leaders representing a number of our camps to join the professional staff to drive through the northeast countryside as we visited four URJ camps in very short order.
on August 6, 2012
To us, this past Shabbat showed the URJ at its best – a community of congregations like Hevreh, campers at Eisner and Crane Lake, and hundreds of camp alumni and supporters, all of whom came out to celebrate Shabbat in the creative and moving ways that only Reform Jews can.
Recent Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa alum Tyler Fishbone was quoted extensively in this piece from the Times of Israel, which tells about an event with Jews and African aslyum-seekers in south Tel Aviv for Tisha B’av.
on July 31, 2012
From Bruceville, Texas, to Warwick, New York, to Arlington, Washington, to Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, and yes…to Utica, Mississippi, our URJ camps continue to work their Jewish magic.
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