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Jewish Camp Indoctrination = Immersion

By Jordana Horn Jewish camp is everywhere, Terry Gross confirmed on NPR the other day. While interviewing filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, she not...

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My Heart is in the East(s)

This post originally appeared on Off the Rekord My mind and heart were scattered yesterday morning as I figured out what to wear for Wear Your NFTY, Camp and Israel T-Shirt Day or, as I like to call it, wear yo...

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My Summers at Camp Taught Me…

The first bunks are open for the Jewish camp season of 2011! In the mountains of North Georgia, almost 600 happy campers settled into first session at Camp Barney Medintz yesterday. Over the course of the next three weeks, 150+ nonprofit Jewish camps across North America will begin working their incredible magic; the friendships that will last a lifetime will start growing, marshmallows will be r...

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The Need for American Style Jewish Camping in Israel

I moved to Israel with my family; husband and three children in 2007. We joined the rest of my immediate family who've been here for many years. I'm a part of a writing and design team, The Honey and director of Theater in the Rough, creating new kinds of theater experiences for Jerusalem audiences. I co-founded Shutaf with Miriam Herman Avraham for our own children, each with special needs, ...

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Paying Tribute to Camp Massad

My camp journey began at Camp Massad in Dingman's Ferry, Pennsylvania.  My father was a proud alum and he was overjoyed that I was attending the camp that meant so much to him and provided him with lifelong friendships.   It turns out that my experience at camp was much the same as my father’s—I found close friends and have memories of those summers that still have me smiling today...

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The Jewish State

Why do people send their kids to camp? A theme that consistently emerges from market research and focus groups with parents is “resiliency.” People want their children to develop into productive self-sufficient members of society. A summer away in a safe, child-centered utopia gives children space to expand their sense of being. Beyond the watchful eyes of their parents they experience the fre...

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Camp Works – We Have Proof!

FJC is excited to unveil the findings of CAMP WORKS, a landmark study revealing the long term effect of Jewish camp on its alumni. Jewish summer camp has long been associated with the North American Jewish community, but the lasting effect of these priceless and memorable summers have been purely anecdotal…until now. CAMP WORKS reveals that the influence of nonprofit Jewish camp can be seen in t...

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Elevating Ourselves as Jews

From the Jewish National Fund blog JNF-Ramah Alternative Winter Break A few sentences are not enough to summarize my experience on the Ramah/JNF trip, nor is one trip to Israel a complete picture of this beautiful country. This trip was truly eye opening and helped me to see Israel in a new light. My past few trips have been more touristy; I merely touched the s...

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Celebrating the Earth

Tu BiSh'vat begins tonight - Jews around the world will be gathering for seders to eat and drink, and celebrate to Earth, and tomorrow 1.5 million of trees will be planted in Israel. While during this time of year we show reverence for the environment, the rest of the year we spend trying to save it.  Jewish camps are doing ...

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Jews Do Camp

From eJewish Philanthropy by Rabbi Eliav Bock ...

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