Flashback

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Pikesville native Laurie Rosen has plenty of memories from summer camp. After all, she was a camper and counselor for eight years, from age 8 to 16. Now 30, the Pikesville High School and University of Delaware graduate who works as a financial loan consultant for her father’s company, HFS Financial in Reisterstown, attended Beth… Read More

What’s Trending?

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In recent years, healthy eating and lifestyle initiatives have grown in popularity among Jewish summer camps. This year promises to prove the trend is only growing. “Parents are definitely concerned about what the camp is serving,” said Jennifer Silber, executive director of Habonim Dror Camp Moshava in northern Maryland. In addition to concern about the… Read More

Magical Wonderland

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Ecstatic children spill off the buses and run through a tunnel of counselors decked out in silly costumes, cheering loudly. The session kickoff is a thrill for the campers, who without Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special would not be able to participate in the joys of summer camp. The children and teens who attend… Read More

A Thing Called Love

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NEW YORK — Beth and Jeff Kopin are one of an estimated 700 married couples to have met at one of the Conservative movement’s Ramah camps. The Kopins, who fell in love at Ramah Wisconsin in the 1970s, went on to raise a flock of “Ramahniks.” “There’s this family feeling if you meet another Ramahnik,”… Read More

Back at Jewish Boot Camp

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It’s pretty accurate to say that when I began seventh grade, my life changed. Navigating a new student body, and then spending three weeks at Herzl Camp in nearby Webster, Wis., gave me the tools to begin carving out my Jewish identity, and many decades later, I’m still whittling away at it. In elementary school,… Read More

On Bookshelves

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“Summer on the Short Bus” by Bethany Crandell Running Press Book Publishers, 2014. 256 pages Nook Book and paperback Bethany Crandell’s debut novel is a perfect pick for the young adult in your life. “Summer on the Short Bus” tells the story of 17-year-old Cricket Montgomery, an over-privileged and entitled teen with tons of attitude…. Read More

Bad Hair Days

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It’s drop-off day at summer camp and smiles are everywhere. Campers and counselors share hugs, music blares from outdoor speakers, and parents greet one another. But before they can bid their parents goodbye, the kids must pass the mandatory pre-admission lice check. Campers who have lice will be sent home to be treated and will… Read More

Education

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Does your middle school or high school student prefer curling up with a good book to playing sports, doing arts and crafts or singing around a campfire? If so, the Great Books Camp may be a perfect fit. Started as a three-day program in 2002, the innovative camp now offers eight-week sessions at Amherst College… Read More

On Bookshelves: The Path of Names

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By Ari Goelman 339 pages; Arthur A. Levine Books (Appropriate for mature middle schoolers) Dahlia Sherman, 13, wants to spend her summer going to magic camp. Her parents agree, but first she must attend Camp Arava, a Jewish overnight camp, where her brother, Tom, is a counselor. On her first day, Dahlia sees two girls… Read More

No Nuts About It

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The Centers for Disease Control indicate food allergies are now affecting an estimated 6 percent of children. Camp Shoresh, a kosher Jewish day camp in Frederick, provides a safe and fun learning environment to almost 400 campers and their parents each summer. With safety as a primary concern, Finkelstein and staff are nurturing and sensitive… Read More