Posts Tagged ‘Making Jewish Camp Jewish’

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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Coming Home Different

I didn’t expect to cry when I picked my kid up from camp. When I dropped him off at the bus? Totally. I skulked past the more experienced parents doing the hora in the parking lot as the bus pulled away, got into the front seat, shut the door and started crying. But when...

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Robots, Minecraft, and Shabbat

The following post is the next in our summer series hearing from the camps that were launched as a result of FJC’s Specialty Camps Incubator. How does one describe the feeling ...

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Making a Healthier Jewish Community

The following post is the second in our summer series hearing from the camps that were launched as a result of FJC’s Specialty Camps Incubator.   ...

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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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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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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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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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