What to wear? Announcing the winners of Wear your NFTY, Camp & Israel T-shirt Day!
on December 4, 2012
on November 20, 2012
It seemed almost silly to be wearing a camp t-shirt when I was reading horrific news. But then I realized that it was because of that camp and that organization that I grew to love Israel in the first place…I came to realize that it was increasingly important for me to stand by the side of my other homeland.
on June 21, 2012
This month, Rabbi Rick Jacobs will travel to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres in his first official meeting since assuming the presidency of the Union for Reform Judaism. He invites you to submit questions for him to ask to Israel’s most influential political leaders. Help Rabbi Jacobs convey the support, thoughts, and concerns of the North American Reform Jewish community.
on June 4, 2012
Following my bar mitzvah in 2007, I applied, through the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), to spend a summer at a URJ camp. I was assigned to Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY, where I spent an amazing summer meeting Reform youth from all over North America.
on May 17, 2012
To me Hebrew was this special secret language saved for when you were praying to God, kind of like Yiddish which was a special secret language saved for when I was getting in trouble. Ironically now that I live in Jerusalem – when I hear Yiddish it still means that I am in trouble. But back to being 13 and chanting in Hebrew, I remember the pride in mastering Hebrew and… the disconnect.
on May 10, 2012
URJ Camp Harlam Director Aaron Selkow “really likes Israel”, to be sure. But as he explained to a group of 20-something Israelis that were about to embark on a momentous journey to the United States to join the North American Jewish camp culture, it was for a very specific reason. It was because of them.
on April 5, 2012
My Haggadah is a musical one. The themes of Pesach inspire so many of my favorite Israeli musicians, and every year another musical Midrash is added to my Pesach collection. This music is one of the most precious gifts that Israeli life and culture contribute to the Jewish tradition. Our journey from Egypt to Israel is more than a moment in our history or our memory. It is an ever evolving journey—from slavery to sovereignty, from powerlessness to powerful. The Haggadah is an invitation to an open, cross generational conversation about Jewish values, faith, resilience and justice.
on January 9, 2012
The enthusiasm in Robin Leventhal’s blog postings — and her voice during a conversation — reinforce the fact that her semester of study in Israel affected her for a lifetime to come. A Lake Forest High School senior, Leventhal, 18, returned Dec. 29 from four months of academic and field trip experiences outside the norm for virtually all teenagers, such as learning to handle and shoot an M16 rifle.
on December 23, 2011
Ashley Marx, a staff member at URJ Camp Kalsman, is currently travelling in Israel on a KESHER Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. She’s one of the more than 750 people who will travel to Israel with us this winter. Ashley took some time to send these reflections from Israel back to the Camp Kalsman community.
on December 22, 2011
Stephen Weitzman is currently a member of the URJ North American Board and serves as Chair of the URJ Special Needs Camping Committee. In this blog he discusses some of the sessions at URJ Biennial and the future of special needs camping.
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