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The Olympic Games: Learning Lessons at Camp

The original version of this post appeared in eJewish Philanthropy: All across North ...

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Jewish Camp in the News

There has been so much talk about Jewish camp lately!  We'll be providing a round-up each week - here are some recent features to kick off: - New York Times: “Jewish Camps Spawn a U.S. Playground Hit” ...

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How is Nature Jewish at Camp?

At Pinemere Camp we want the fact that we are a Jewish camp to mean a lot more than that we have services on Friday night and Saturday mornings and keep a Kosher kitchen.  We aspire to incorporate Jewish values, Jewish teachings, and Hebrew language into all of our activities - whether it's by referring to the lake in Hebrew as the "agam" and the...

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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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Nadiv: Sharing the Best of School and Camp

The following post originally appeared on RJ.org. “Camp changes lives, from the cabin to the dining hall, and every inch of grass and gravel in between,” wrote Sara Beth Berman, in her application to become a Nad...

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Hello from Judaica!

Judaica at Camp Seneca Lake (CSL) is so much more than Shabbat!  As much as possible we strive to organically infuse Judaica into all aspects of camp life.  For example, during staff orientation the staff had the opportunity to play "Middot-opoly," a take-off on Monopoly based on "middot" or "virtues" developed at the JCC of Greater Ro...

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Mah Tovu: How Good are our Camps

The following is a sermon given by Rabbi Ilana G. Baden of Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati, OH on July 6, 2012 Many sources for our prayers in our prayer books.  One of them: the Torah itself.  Several examples: Sh’ma, V’ahavta, Mi Chamocha, are the big ones.  One other: Mah Tovu.  Traditionally sung in the morning – in fact, we will sing it tomorrow at se...

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What else makes Jewish camp Jewish?

The 10 Commitments I’m often asked what makes the Cohen Camps “Jewish” and how we differentiate our camps from other Jewish camps. There is no simple, quick answer – it’s more than just being Kosher, observing Shabbat, and reciting blessings before and after meals.  We have a set of values that underli...

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What makes Jewish camp, well, Jewish?

What makes Jewish camp, well, Jewish? As professionals at FJC, we get asked this questions all the time. And surprisingly, there is not an easy answer. Each Jewish camp is “Jewish” in its own way. Yes, at most there are services. Some once a week to celebrate Shabbat, some every day. Most camps have Israeli staff to help infuse learning about Israel in to the camp....

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10 ways to involve your congregation in camp!

This post originally appeared on RJ.org Recent studies confirm what we’ve known for years: Jewish summ...

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