On November 15th, hundreds of people across the world wore their camp or Israel t-shirt and submitted photos to the Wear Your Camp & Israel T-Shirt Day Facebook event. Fans of the URJ Camps page then voted on their favorites in each of the categories below by “liking” them. A big “mazel tov” to our winners!
on November 17, 2011
on November 16, 2011
What a great day for the Faculty of Eisner and Crane Lake Camps! This morning, we were joined by more than 30 Rabbis, Cantors and Educators, wearing their camp shirts, for our annual Education Summit.
on November 15, 2011
As Thanksgiving approaches, we prepare to spend time with our families and reflect on the things we appreciate in our lives. I personally am grateful for having had the opportunity for the past 5 summers to be a part of the Mitzvah Corps program at Kutz.
on November 9, 2011
It is not easy for parents to make the decision to send their child away into the waiting arms of strangers who promise to take care of them — people who promise to show them the wonders of nature, fun, new skills, and friendships. As a parent of two children, even I struggle with the idea, and I have been around summer camps my entire life.
Charlotte Sall is a long time Eisner camper and staff member currently spending a gap year in Serbia working with underprivileged youth. In this blog post, she writes about her experience celebrating Rosh Hashanah in a country with fewer than 2,000 Jews.
Check out the Shabbat sermon given by Rabbi Josh Strom during Camp Shabbat at Shaaray Tefila NYC. He discusses how his summers at URJ Camp Harlam, where he first attended at the age of eight, helped to shape his future.
on November 7, 2011
The Olim Program brings together staff members from four URJ Camps (Coleman, Eisner, Crane Lake and Harlam) for three weekend-long kallot (retreats) at each summer camp. This two-year program at our respective summer camps allows us to become leaders in the camp community and strengthen our skills as staff members. This commitment also provides useful feedback and suggestions from a staff member perspective.
on October 27, 2011
In this article by Allison Rosner Cohen, she discusses how her URJ Camp and Israel experiences have paved the way for her current role as the Director of Marketing and Communcations at the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
on October 25, 2011
Dawn Bernstein, Cantorial Soloist, Temple Kol Ami in Thornhill, Ontario shares in her blog how several years ago, their rabbi was looking for a way to tangibly demonstrate Temple Kol Ami’s commitment to Reform Jewish camping. He invited Jeff Rose, the director of Camp George, to attend second day Rosh Hashanah services and honoured him with the first aliyah to the Torah. The rabbi decided to invite every single person in the congregation-young and young at heart-who had ever attended a Union Camp in any capacity to join Jeff on the bimah for the aliyah.
on October 21, 2011
This is the fourth article in a wonderful series about how our URJ Camps prepared current NFTY Leaders for their roles. Liza Moskowitz talks about her experiences at Greene Family Camp and how they layed the ground work for her position of NFTY North American Programming Vice President.
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