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The Cornerstones of Camp

By Jeremy J. Fingerman, CEO, Foundation for Jewish Camp I am often asked how Jewish camp has become such a powerful and valued educational and engagement tool for our community. The key, I believe, is the college-aged counselors: role models who work tirelessly to help guarantee that their campers have the best, most transformational summe...

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Camp All Day, Every Day

A cookie is just a cookie, but a Newton is fruit and cake. A camp is just a camp, but MY CAMP IS THE BEST THING EVER. It doesn’t have the same ring, but you get the idea. [Colemanites] get together during the year.  The Clergy Advisory Board gathers to talk education and development.  The ...

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Jewish camp trend-spotting: 10 ways a summer ritual is changing

By Julie Wiener Nostalgia about summer traditions notwithstanding, Jewish camps have changed dramatically from a generation ago. Camp’s value for Jewish education and identity-building is ...

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Using a Business Model to Make Jewish Summer Camp Affordable

By Rabbi Jason Miller Ask any Jewish family that sends their children to both a private Jewish day school and a Jewish summer camp about the affordability of such endeavors and they’ll use words such as “sacrifice,” “hardship” and “priorities.” With the cost of Jewish day school tuition for one child varying from $10,000 all the way up to $40,000 per year, more Jewish fam...

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A Jewish Summer for Everyone

This piece originally appeared in eJewish Philanthropy. by Lee D. Weiss and Jeremy J. Fingerman “The Pew Study should be a wake-up call. When I am asked what we do to fix Pew, I would get more Jewish kids to go to camp,” ...

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Philanthropy in Action: From College to Camp

This post originally appeared on the Jewish Teen Funders Network blog. My philanthropic journey started over a year ago, in a classroom at Yale University. Over the course of the semester, I participated in what turned out to be the most unique, fascinating, crazy, and rewarding class I have ...

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Leaders Assembly is for Non-Camp Professionals Too

Around the same time every year it happens, thousands of happy campers step off the buses back into their parents’ arms and the countdown to next summer begins. Similarly, as the hundreds of camp professionals, community professionals, lay leaders and educators leave the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s biennial Leaders Assembly...

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Visit Early

I have been hearing from a lot of people that they are surprised that the High Holidays are so early this year. While this is the earliest that the Jewish calendar comes in the Gregorian calendar year, Rosh HaShanah is always the first of Tishrei, the first month of the Hebrew calen...

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A Sense of Israel

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of serving on the faculty for The Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern Israel History. With generous support from The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations, the AVI CHAI Foundation, and The Marcus Foundation, t...

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Building Bridges to Connect Jewish Camps and Schools

The following was also posted on the Jim Joseph Foundation blog. By Jordan Magidson, Nadiv Educator at URJ Camp Kalsman in Arlington, WA and Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, WA.  One idea that has been drilled into my head fo...

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