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Pokemon Go: Should you play, or Should you go?

While our happy campers were making connections around campfires and lakes and mountains, those hanging at home have been caught up in the Pokeman Go craze. As our campers return home, here are a few tips from our friends at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center on how to manage the privacy settings and the game. The ever changing world of the internet has thrown its latest hurdle to parent...

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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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Make Your Child One Happy Camper!

Jewish overnight camp is about so much more than campfires and color war. At camp, kids get the chance to explore who they are—and who they want to become—in an active, inspiring, fun-filled environment. (Marshmallows included.) But paying for camp can be difficult.  We get it—we are parents too. We have some easy ways to make the dream of overnight summer camp a reality for your child....

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5 Reasons Parents Should Send Their Children With Disabilities to Jewish Camp

By Howard Blas I must confess.  When I first started working as a counselor in the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England in 1984, I couldn’t understand how parents of children with disabilities could send their children away for eight weeks each summer.  Now, after wo...

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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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Jewish Disability Awareness Month

February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM), which brings a topic that is very important to us at the Foundation for Jewish Camp to the forefront of conversations all over the Jewish community.  JDAM is “a unified initiative to raise awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in Jewish communities worldwide.”  To further the effo...

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The What-if Moment

By Joel Yanofsky There’s no point pretending this blog is going to be about camp or summer, especially summer. Montreal in February is no picnic.  In the grip of the latest polar vortex, I can’t even remember what a picnic is. This may explain why I sometimes wonder what if I only lived in a warmer climate; if my Russian-born grandparents, who had the foresight to flee the pogroms...

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We Hereby Resolve

By Joel Yanofsky On New Year’s Eve, my wife, Cynthia, our son, Jonah, just turned fifteen, our new puppy, Phoebe, five months old, and I gathered around our d...

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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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Preparing Kids for Camp

Sending your child to sleepaway camp for the first time is exciting and a little bit scary (for both parents and kids!) but once you and your camper have decided that she is ready for camp and chosen the perfect fit, it’s time to get her ready and excited for the best experience of her life! Whether your child is excited or nervous for camp (or both), all kids need some pre-camp prep, especia...

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