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Your (Camper-Free) Summer Bucket List

Whether you're half-way through the summer or just sent your camper off for second session, here's your list of must-dos over the next few weeks. (Spoiler alert: This list doesn't include refreshing the camp's photo site!) ...

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The Soundtrack of My Youth

by Allison Cohen Every summer “my camp” posts their Top 10 song session songs. And each year I look at it in great anticipation and then amazement that eight out of 10 are on mylist of ultimate camps songs. The others, I have come to know and love from my camp visits every summer. Each song – whether it by written by Pete Seeger, James Taylor, Debbie Friedman, or long...

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Coming Out and Coming Home to My Jewish Sleepaway Camp

By David Furman I first thought that I might be different when I was in sixth grade. I went to Jewish day school, and I was horribly bullied for being different. My reaction was to revel in the negative attention, to try to act like I liked it. It was the only way I knew to fit in. My only friends were two girls. And by friends, I mean they were willing to hang out with me at ...

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Visitors Day

This post originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy by Jeremy J. Fingerman I have had the great honor and privilege to have visited 103 different camps across North America over the last 3 1/2 years. For me,...

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We do more in 24 hours than…

The following originally appeared on Naomi Less' blog, Jewish Chicks Rock. Jewish summer camp gives you more opportunities to be of service in 24 hours than most people get in a year. Here’s my story from the past 24 hours at ...

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The Best Gift

This past Sunday I went back to camp 50 years after I had spent my first night there. Along with more than 950 other people, my husband and I and two of our three kids made the trip to Wingdale, New York, for the celebration of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires at 50. I had been a camper at ...

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Summer 2012 Highlights

The last of 70,000 campers and 10,000 counselors return home this week from Jewish camp to parents asking questions like, “What was your favorite thing?” “What was the best part of the summer?” “What did you do that was new or different?”  The answers are as varied as the kids themselves - some may have soared across camp on a zipline for the first time, others may have read from ...

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Another Happy Camper

One thing that makes Jewish camp, well, Jewish is the happy campers that take home a stronger Jewish identity.  Everyone at the FJC offices smiled with pride today when we received this note: My son, Noah, returned from camp at JCA Shalom. He is a One Happy Camper recipient. He LOVED it! He was nervous about going since he'd never been there and didn't  know anyone but the staff quic...

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The Secret of Our Immortality

In an oft quoted article by Mark Twain on the Jews, he wrote: ...If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other peopl...

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On the Influence of Camp

The following was originally featured on eJewish Philanthropy “That felt a lot like camp!” said the woman next to me at the conclusion of the Friday evening service during the recent Biennial of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Judging from her tone, she approved. Indeed,...

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