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My Son Taught Me How To Swim... Again

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

I intentionally relate with my son in a way I can't quite seem to figure out while at the dinner table, bedtime, walk, playground... you name it. It's the perfect mix of a fear for his safety and the impossibility of bringing my digital addictions into the water.

TheZone as Jewish Penicillin for the Pew Report Brought to You By Oorah

Varda Epstein | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Varda Epstein

At the time of its release, a Pew report on the state of American Jewry released last October had the Jewish world in a tizzy. "We're shrinking!" they kvetched. "We're losing our people!" they shried.

4 Things to Do About Pew Survey Findings on #JewishAmerica

Jerry Silverman | Posted 12.24.2013 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

If we go by numbers alone, the non-Orthodox American Jewish community is facing an existential crisis. The study clearly demonstrates that we stand at an urgent crossroads for American Jewry, and presents us with a major opportunity.

Confessions From a Survivor of 'Communist-Rooted' Camp Kinderland

Katie Halper | Posted 09.18.2012 | Comedy
Katie Halper

This country cannot afford to have a woman whose kids went to Kinderland lead the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Who knows how her children brainwashed their mother with the values of the camp.

Schlepping Kosher Meat To Camp

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

Even though we belong to the Reform Movement and the camp our son attends is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, we keep a stricter level of kosher, one which calls for meat being ritually slaughtered according to Jewish law.

This One Time at Summer Camp: Why I've Never Had a Summer Internship

Ethan Miller | Posted 08.12.2012 | College
Ethan Miller

There has been a good bit of discussion lately about the potential personal and societal value of working at a summer camp versus getting an internship at a non-profit or government agency.

The Magic Of Jewish Summer Camp

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

No matter what the activity, the social aspects of Jewish camp all play out in a constant Jewish milieu. The benefits of those summer experiences are reaped over the course of a lifetime for the Jewish individual, and in turn for the Jewish community as well.

Finding The Joys Of Jewish Community At Camp Ramah

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Something is happening at Camp Ramah and similar camps, I can report, that bears watching by our society as a whole. It can be summed up in three words: community still matters.

The Good Thing About Jewish Summer Camp Indoctrination

Mira Sucharov | Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion
Mira Sucharov

Some of the most passionate defenders of Jewish values wouldn't also be fighting tirelessly for their vision of change had they not felt an eternal connection to Israel to begin with.

Reviving Hebrew

Mira Sucharov | Posted 07.22.2011 | Religion
Mira Sucharov

There is much hand-wringing over Jewish continuity, but less attention paid to Jewish literacy. One factor that is especially neglected -- to our peril -- is the centrality of Hebrew language knowledge.

Rescuing Kids With Happiness

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Randy Susan Meyers

Even the most benign neglect -- like being a latchkey kid -- can foster loneliness. If it hadn't been for the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, I doubt my sister and I could have ended up strong.