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Helping Children Cope With Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

A child you know is grieving. It breaks your heart. You wonder what you can do to support them. Here are some guidelines.

Summer Camp: Now and Then

Lori Ferraro | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

I know they will cherish camp memories and tell their kids someday what summer camp was like way back in 2014, how different it was and how much better it was back in their day. But I kind of secretly wish that they were making crummy crafts, playing dodgeball and eating jelly sandwiches.

New Jewish Camp to Teach Entrepreneurship to Teens

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Rabbi Jason Miller

You know it's a good idea when parents lament that they wish there was something like this when they were teens. That seems to be the general consensu...

Why I Went Back to Camp As a 39-Year-Old Mom

Today's Mama | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Today's Mama

As a result of leaving the mom part of me behind, albeit temporarily, I've found that I embrace it with more enthusiasm when Javier and I reunite.

24 Reasons Dating At Camp Is Better Than In The Real World

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray and Ellie Krupnick | Posted 03.21.2014 | Women

As the weather gets nicer, it's easy to get nostalgic for the years where your summer plans consisted of bonfires, awkward dances, trunks full of cott...

Using a Business Model to Make Jewish Summer Camp Affordable

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Ask any Jewish family that sends their children to both a private Jewish day school and a Jewish summer camp about the affordability of such endeavors and they'll use words such as "sacrifice," "hardship" and "priorities."

How My Sister's Cancer Battle Strengthens My Resolve

Jane Saccaro | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Jane Saccaro

Today, there are over three million children affected by a parent's cancer. Our goal is to continue to expand our programs until we can serve every one of those kids.

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.

Gravity Dominates at Box Office, Proves Girls Rule Too?

Sandy Marshall | Posted 12.10.2013 | Women
Sandy Marshall

With its adult-heavy content Gravity is likely not a movie young girls are going to see in significant numbers, but the fact that it features a female astronaut in the lead role is a step towards Hollywood helping reshape society's image of a scientist.

'Who You Are': Pushing the Boundaries of Love and Acceptance

Kyle Kleiboeker | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Kyle Kleiboeker

Growing up in the small town of Prairie Village, Kansas, I always knew I was unique. Instead of playing T-ball, I wanted to be in dance class. Instead of playing at recess, I was designing costumes for my future "Sold Out World Tour."

Summer Learning: Making The City A Summer Camp

Cathy Lewis Long | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Cathy Lewis Long

The concept of the "summer slide" isn't new, and the suggested ways to address it are getting stale.

What's Needed to Prepare Your Child for the Future? The Answer May Surprise You...

Todd Kestin | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Todd Kestin

There's more to preparing for adulthood than academic education. I believe if kids spent their summers in camp, they'd be better prepared for later decisions like whether to go to college, and how to make the best life for who they are.

What I Learned From Kids This Summer

Fernie Tiflis | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Fernie Tiflis

Kids are loud, messy, needy and sticky, but hey, I know some adults who are all these things too. Kids are also full of wonder, curiosity, joy, and they have infinite love to give. And for that, in a lot of ways, they've taught me to love life even more.

Children Proud of Their Work Anywhere in the World

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I loved their little voices quietly detailing their complex dreams. Their proud tones were not lost on anyone. Each child was very focused on the art they created and the play they enjoyed. Their faces were beaming as their work was hung on the walls around us.

A Mom's Game of Tug of War

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 10.07.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

I could not fathom how I got to a place where peeing while my son chewed gum with the neighbor was a great pleasure....and, yet there I was.

What I've Realized About My Daughter While She Is Away At Camp

Carrie Goldman | Posted 10.04.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

A mother is only as happy as her least-happy child. I couldn't get a read on my child, because I couldn't see her or talk with her. Was the homesickness the defining state of her being right now? Or was she having a grand old time with occasional bouts of homesickness at night?

What's the Surprise Today?

Liz Joynt Sandberg | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Liz Joynt Sandberg

My best parenting happens when I'm engaging with what's already happening rather than trying to make something happen.

A Boy's Summer of Self-Discovery

Pam Didner | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Pam Didner

I wanted to tell my boy, "I told you so," but I also wanted to tell my boy that it's fantastic that he figured out some important life lessons at such an early stage of his life.

How Summer Camp Changed My Life

Casey Miller | Posted 09.21.2013 | Teen
Casey Miller

Everyone became silent for a second, realizing that this was rather emblematic for our purpose today. A few people smiled; some went back to work. But I'd say in that moment, we were connected by something bigger than us, something going on right now that was huge.

How To Totally Pwn Summer Camp, According To 'Camp Rock'

Posted 07.19.2013 | Teen

There's no question about it: our favorite characters from the Disney Channel's "Camp Rock" pretty much dominated summer camp in every way possible. ...

Open Letter to My Daughter, the Camper

Scott Shamberg | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Scott Shamberg

Tomorrow you leave for overnight camp, the first time you will be away from home for more than a night and/or not under the supervision of a loving Jewish grandparent. I wanted to give you some fatherly advice as you head out for what I'm sure will be the most fun you've ever had.

Engaging Children Through Costumes

Justin Moss | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
Justin Moss

Although the season is over, Florida Grand Opera (FGO) continues its efforts to bring opera to the community through partnerships targeting local children with an interest in the arts.

School Lunch Project: 10 Summer Camp Lunch Ideas

Laura Fuentes | Posted 09.12.2013 | Taste
Laura Fuentes

Packing lunch for our kids doesn't end when the school year does. For many of us, we're still packing for daycare, work, and even summer camps. Need ideas? These 10 will help you get out of the PB&J rut.

Let's Put the 'Summer' Feeling Back into 'Summer Learning' for Kids

Pam Allyn | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

All of our children have the right to a quality education and to learn every month of the year. Let us, this year in 2013, commit to every child across the country that we will bring their passions and interests to life.

The Case Against Summer Camp

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.04.2013 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Self-sufficiency isn't something most kids are born with. The school year, with its rigorous after-school sports and activity schedules, doesn't offer this sort of platform for learning how to be alone, or for knowing how to create their own fun -- a skill that's not only a good thing but also essential.