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Becoming Ourselves

By Eli Chanoff Cornerstone Counselor, Camp Tawonga I always knew I wanted to be a counselor at Camp Tawonga. I was a camper for seven years and the impact my counselors had on me is something I’ll never forget. When we were campers, many of us talked about growing up and becoming counselors ourselves– most of us are working here together now, impacting kids the same way ...

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Going Wild

by Josh Lake It was a ...

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Changemaking

by Sharon Waimberg It’s Friday afternoon, post-lunch, at summer camp. We’re just starting “Hyde Park,” our weekly, open space discussion that allows each and every member of the camp community the opportunity to state whatever is on his/her mind. The first camper stands on the speaker’s rock and proclaims, “What happened to Friday morning muffins? I want them back!” ...

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How Camps Can Better Welcome People of All Sexualities & Gender Identities

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Startup Entrepreneurship at Summer Camp in the Rocky Mountains

The following post originally appeared on Blog.RabbiJason. After finally making my way up the mountain in Golden, Colorado (just outside of Boulder) the other night, I pulled my rental car into the parking lot of ...

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Revealing Passover

We come together for Passover to celebrate our ongoing liberation from slavery. During the sederwe will speak at length about the exodus from Egypt, but how did we, the descenda...

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Chaos Theory

When you’re the parent of a child with autism, you’re always bracing yourself for the endless string of theories headed in your direction. They come from health care professionals, the media, family, friends and, my personal favourite, complete strangers. One woman we barely know keeps asking my wife, Cynthia, for a sample of my son Jonah’s urine so she can run her own tests on it. The go...

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Art, Torah, and Jewish Camp

Let’s be clear. I can make any conversation into a conversation about art. Especially when it comes to the Torah and art at camp. Parah Adumah? Let’s talk about the color red! Miriam leading the ...

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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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Why My Camp Rabbi Might be Sporting a Pixie Cut This Summer: What Camp Rabbis Do in the Off Season

By Rabbi Elisa Koppel As I think back on the past 20-some-odd summers at camp, there are probably about a dozen programs that I remember—really remember. I think back on them not only in that I can remember what we did or what we created, but I remember how they felt: the moment of insight, the powerful conversation, the unique energy that was created through the experience. Tuesd...

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