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The Best Day of My Life

Written by Lauren Stock, a Kutz participant from Dallas, Texas. — As my cabin mates like to remind me, I’m not much of a morning person. That being said, waking up at 7:30AM for an early breakfast was not my idea of a great morning. Little did I know that I woke up early in order to be able to spend as much time as possible enjoying what would become one of the best days of my life. With 18 of my 20 cabin mates asleep, my friend Rachel and I snuck out of the cabin and met our session-long […]

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Kutz and GENDA

The teen activists of the URJ Kutz Camp, who participated in Alison Stamm’s Political Advocacy minor last week, created these slideshows as a way to lobby NY State Legislators on the issue of transgender rights. They urged NY State Assemblyman Brabenec & NY State Senator Bonacic to support the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (A.4558-A/Gottfried)(S.61-A/Squadron). The bill to outlaw discrimination based on gender identity or expression in housing, employment, credit and public accommodations would also expand the state’s hate crimes law to explicitly include crimes against transgender New Yorkers. 74% of transgender New Yorkers experienced harassment or mistreatment on the job and […]

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Mitzvah Corps and Ramah New England Trip

Written by Miriam Edelstein, one of the Kutz Mitzvah Corps On-Site Coordinators. — Tuesday was one of the most memorable and impactful days that I have ever had in my four years working at the URJ Kutz Camp. On Tuesday, the Mitzvah Corps Program and Peer Engagement Program went on a trip to New Haven, Connecticut to meet campers and staff from the Tikvah program from Ramah New England. Ramah is the conservative camping movement and Tikvah refers to their special needs, inclusion programs. The idea of bringing two special needs programs together from two different movements was created a […]

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What Maccabiah Means to Me

Written by Shelby Shoup, a Kutz participant from Tampa, Florida. — Participants here at Kutz recently concluded the exciting whirlwind we call Maccabiah. For 24 hours, members of our Kehillah Kedoshah swore allegiance to four smaller communities: the red, yellow, green, and blue teams. In the spirit of the theme, “The Voice,” we competed through arts, sports, and an exorbitant amount of ruach to find the “voice” of Kutz. So each team was assigned a Jewish value to demonstrate throughout the day’s festivities. Blue team had the value of “Derech Eretz,” meaning “the way of the land.” It entails the […]

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Maccabiah and #Kutz4Cuba

All 300 people at camp shuffle into the Beit Am, our largest building. Sitting on the stage are four people, decked out in four colors. Red, green, blue, and yellow lights illuminate the four team captains and everyone cheers. Maccabiah, our 24-hour color war has begun. All day long, participants will be playing games, running through a giant relay race, creating team artwork, cheering on their teammates, and having a friendly competition against the other colors. This year, the theme for Maccabiah is The Voice of Kutz, and each team highlights values that our community represents: Tikkun Olam (Repairing the […]

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10 Things to do During Free Time at Kutz

1. Write a letter home or to friends from your NFTY region 2. Make it to the top of the tower 3. Jump into the pool on a hot day 4. Play an intense game of basketball 5. Go boating on Lake Rolyn 6. Have a jam session with your guitar in the grove (Wonderwall, anyone)? 7. Meditate in the Dance Studio 8. Pick up packages from the canteen, and maybe buy a snack! 9. Lounge in a hammock with your friends 10. Make someone a friendship bracelet

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Inside Mitzvah Corps

Inside Mitzvah Corps by Haley Breskin, the Mitzvah Corps Program Coordinator from Vienna, Virginia. — The Mitzvah Corps Program at Kutz provides a Jewish summer camp experience for teens with Autism.  In order to level the playing field for the teens with autism we refer to them as tzofim which is hebrew for scout. Our goal is to fully integrate each teen into every aspect of our camping experience.  This means that the tzofim participate in majors, minors, evening programs, services, etc.  Another part of our Mitzvah Corps Program is the peer engagement aspect.  This means that teens in the […]

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Trip Day 2015!

Trip Day is a highlight of every summer at Kutz. We have the opportunity to take all of our teens into New York City for a day of learning, exploration, and fun! In case you missed it, here’s a brief run-down of what our Trip Day looked like yesterday! We woke up early, ate breakfast, made lunches, and loaded our coach buses to head into New York City! Each of our majors were on a different bus, and had different activities scheduled for the larger part of the morning. Here’s a list of what each major had the chance to […]

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