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Thankful

We here at FJC are thankful for a lot of things.  This time of year we'd like take the opportunity to share some of them with you... Jeremy: I’m thankful for my wonderful colleagues who partner together to enable more kids to experience joyous Judaism through camp. Carol: I’m thankful for my nephews! Josh: I’m thankful for all of m...

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Camp Transforms “Me” to “We”

by Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow During Yom Kippur we pray the “Al Chet” confession of sins ten times. We repeat again and again the phrase, “On the sin we have sinned…”.  While there is a lot to be said about the particular sins that we are trying to atone for with this prayer, it is notable that the prayer is not in the first person singular but in the ...

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Night 7 of A Camp-y Hanukkah

For the seventh night of Hanukkah, give your child a personalized jersey!  Get iron-on letters and designs online or from your local craft store.  They are available in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures.  Iron on letters spelling his/her name to the back of a camp shirt or jersey.  Or use blank clothing and write his/her camp or bunk name and year on the front.  Get creative and hav...

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Night 5 of A Camp-y Hanukkah

Not sure what to do for the fifth night of Hanukkah?  Make a slide show!  Have your campers choose their favorite photos from the summer, the school year, your last vacation, even from when they were babies!  Plus, take some new pictures today – kids lighting the menorah, opening presents – and let your kids be creative by handing them the camera to take shots of whatever is going on in the...

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Night 4 of A Camp-y Hanukkah

It’s the fourth night of Hanukkah so why not celebrate with some fun, delicious treats!  Here directions for making candy dreidels, reminiscent of s’mores!  Enjoy! What you’ll need: - Chocolate kisses - Chocolate for melting - Marshmallows - Pre-mad...

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Night 3 of A Camp-y Hanukkah

The third night of Hanukkah is here, and tonight’s project is burning a CD. Sure, we know that most music comes in digital form these days, but nothing says camp like a mixed CD. It’s a great gift for your friends to take to camp, and their bunkmates will be thanking you all summer long!   How do you select the music? Start by brainstorming songs that remind you of summer—fun, bre...

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Night 2 of A Camp-y Hanukkah

For the second night of Hanukkah, friendship bracelets made of beads and leather make great, personalized (and camp-y) gifts!  Make a friendship bracelet with a special word or name—the name of your child’s camp or bunk, perhaps with her name and the name of her best friend, or just “I Love Camp.” ...

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A Camp-y Hanukkah

Hanukkah is here!  Kids all over are excited for latkes, jelly donuts, games of dreidel, and of course, presents!  Bring camp to Hanukkah this year with eight homemade gifts sure to delight your happy camper.  They make perfect gifts for a bunkmate, favorite counselor, or friend going to camp for the first time too.  These are great projects to do for your camper or with him/her over ...

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Return To Eden

Just when you thought that we were finished with the holiday season, there is more. Tonight we celebrate Shmini Atzeret and then on Thursday night we start Simchat Torah. In Israel these two holidays are celebrated on the same day. In many ways Shmini Atzeret...

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The Sound of Purpose

With Rosh Hashanah behind us and Yom Kippur right around the corner I am sure that I am not alone in trying to start this year in a meaningful way. It is hard to escape the haunting language of the ...

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