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Posts Tagged ‘Jewish camp’

Camp Kramer’s wooden menorah still stands after the surrounding camp burned down.

Beloved Jewish Camps Destroyed by Woolsey Fire

By Lynne Konstanin The massive Woolsey Fire that has ravaged Malibu, Thousand Oaks and other nearby areas of California have also devastated the Jewish community. Three beloved Jewish camps — the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps, the Shalom Institute in Malibu and Ilan Ramon Day School in Agoura Hills — have been mostly destroyed. “There’s a…

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illustration of kids at camp with a counselor in the background near a bed opening a drawer. The kids hold up shirts to show what they're wearing that day. One child is in a wheel chair and the other two stand by her side.

Grant Will Aid Jewish Campers

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation recently made a $12 million grant to the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) that will support a new initiative to increase accessibility for campers and staff with disabilities at Jewish summer day and overnight camps. According to a 2013 Foundation for Jewish Camp survey, camp professionals highlighted two areas,…

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Saralee Shrell-Fox, Rabbi Reuven Stamov and Gila Katz with the 1st-Time Torah Readers

Camp Ramah Yachad: Jewish life flourishing in the Ukraine

By Saralee Shrell-Fox Camp Ramah Yachad in Ukraine makes history with counselors and campers reading Torah for the very first time. Israeli musician and “Ba’alat Tefila” Saralee Shrell-Fox brought her talent to this unique camp, which provides an opportunity for teenagers to encounter a nurturing, joyous Jewish community environment in a beautiful country setting. This…

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Rabbi Simone Schicker signing her contract with Joan Hawxhurst, immediate past president of Temple B’nai Israel

Kalamazoo’s Temple B’nai Israel Welcomes New Rabbi

Continuing growth in membership at Kalamazoo’s Reform Jewish congregation has allowed it to hire its second consecutive full-time rabbi, following a period of part-time leadership from 1969-2014. On July 1, Rabbi Simone Schicker began her tenure as the religious leader of Temple B’nai Israel, Kalamazoo’s Reform Jewish congregation. She takes over the position from Rabbi…

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summer camp photos

Essay: What Summer Camp Photos Don’t Show You

Sarah Cooper Of course, I check them every day. Doesn’t everyone? Each day, my 10-year-old’s summer camp website posts several hundred photos of activities. Pool play, maccabiah games, horseback riding. The images are glorious. They show 8-year-olds dressed in white, 11-year-olds covered in sand: childhood at its most beautiful. My 7-year-old and I scroll through,…

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Tamarack, 1978: Campers Joe Lash, Joel Topf, Andrew Edelson and David Blau.

In Their DNA

Tamarack family legacy began in 1920s and is going strong. Since the 1920s, a member of the Lash family has either been a camper, counselor or staff member at Tamarack Camps. So, if the great-great-grandchildren of Masha and Joe Simkovitz want to literally walk in their ancestors’ footsteps, all they have to do is take…

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A Peaceful Shelter

Sponsored by our community partners Pain Free Life Centers Rob Streit JN Intern Jewish camps proactively serve the mental health needs of young people. Summer camp is a rite of passage for most Jewish youths. The formative experiences camp affords young adults often carry over into real-world application, such as teamwork and the ability to adapt.…

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Sheldon Low

Shining A Light

Song leader Sheldon Low will help highlight a love for Jewish music at Israel’s birthday party in Detroit. When singer-songwriter Sheldon Low takes the stage on June 20 during the Israel@70 at River Days celebration on the Detroit Riverfront, he hopes to fill the air with a “holy sound.” But he’s going to need the…

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Machane Lev logo of two people rowing a boat in front of a rainbow.

Overnight Camp For LGTBQ Jewish Campers

Camp in Ontario runs from Aug.19-26. Canadian Young Judaea is launching the first Jewish overnight camp program for LGTBQ and Jewish campers, called Machane Lev. Machane Lev will be housed at Camp Shalom in Gravenhurst, Ont., and will run from Aug. 19-26, for kids 8-16 years old. Machane Lev is committed to being an inclusive…

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