jewish summer camp
The Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps were destroyed in the Woolsey fire, but a hilltop menorah withstood the blaze.
There is literally nothing that can't have "shalom" embroidered onto it.
Kids of any generation know how to do summer right.
I loved recess. When I was young, schools didn't have a name for Attention Deficit Disorder, much less tolerance for it. So
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Raise your hand if you ever went to and/or worked at sleep away summer camp. A hundred million hands go up. Raise your hand if you ever worked in a summer camp kitchen. Ninety percent of hands go down.
While impatiently waiting for the promised reunion of the fine counselors and campers of "Wet Hot American Summer," we got
I intentionally relate with my son in a way I can't quite seem to figure out while at the dinner table, bedtime, walk, playground... you name it. It's the perfect mix of a fear for his safety and the impossibility of bringing my digital addictions into the water.
At the time of its release, a Pew report on the state of American Jewry released last October had the Jewish world in a tizzy. "We're shrinking!" they kvetched. "We're losing our people!" they shried.
If we go by numbers alone, the non-Orthodox American Jewish community is facing an existential crisis. The study clearly demonstrates that we stand at an urgent crossroads for American Jewry, and presents us with a major opportunity.
This country cannot afford to have a woman whose kids went to Kinderland lead the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Who knows how her children brainwashed their mother with the values of the camp.
Even though we belong to the Reform Movement and the camp our son attends is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, we keep a stricter level of kosher, one which calls for meat being ritually slaughtered according to Jewish law.
There has been a good bit of discussion lately about the potential personal and societal value of working at a summer camp versus getting an internship at a non-profit or government agency.
No matter what the activity, the social aspects of Jewish camp all play out in a constant Jewish milieu. The benefits of those summer experiences are reaped over the course of a lifetime for the Jewish individual, and in turn for the Jewish community as well.
Something is happening at Camp Ramah and similar camps, I can report, that bears watching by our society as a whole. It can be summed up in three words: community still matters.
Some of the most passionate defenders of Jewish values wouldn't also be fighting tirelessly for their vision of change had they not felt an eternal connection to Israel to begin with.
There is much hand-wringing over Jewish continuity, but less attention paid to Jewish literacy. One factor that is especially neglected -- to our peril -- is the centrality of Hebrew language knowledge.
Even the most benign neglect -- like being a latchkey kid -- can foster loneliness. If it hadn't been for the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, I doubt my sister and I could have ended up strong.