Habonim Dror: A Recipe For Engagement

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When asked to summarize the 78-year-old Habonim Dror Progressive Zionist movement, Camp Moshava executive director Jen Silber is understandably overwhelmed. “It’s a kibbutz-like environment dedicated to inclusion and social justice; campers are challenged to develop a strong and personal connection to Israel and the Jewish people and in doing so gain leadership skills and form… Read More

Ode To Jewish Camping

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I was not a happy camper. And let’s face it, some of us aren’t overly fond of the great outdoors, with its summertime mosquitoes, oppressive heat, freezing-cold pools and lakes and overnight campouts. Although I whined about most camp activities, I suspect I would have put those objections aside (and even learned to love many of… Read More

No Baths at Camp

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By Tamar Fox; Kar-Ben Publishing, 32 pages (soft cover) From making friends and learning new skills to celebrating Shabbat and growing as a Jewish individual, children learn many things at camp that help shape them into young adults. When young Max gets home from camp, he grumbles when his mother announces bath time. Throughout this… Read More

Kinderkool

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Now that most camps have outlawed junk food in the bunks, filling camp care packages is harder than ever. Let’s face it, most of our kids don’t really need any of the things we send. They just like to get packages. Woe to the terrible parent (I’ve been one) who doesn’t even send one. And… Read More

Flashback: Samantha Blumberg

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Freelance makeup artist Samantha Blumberg knows all about beauty. The Pikesville resident, who is in her late 20s, has been making people look gorgeous ever since she was a teenager attending Franklin High School. But don’t think Samantha isn’t also a “nature girl.” As a child she spent eight summers in the magnificent outdoors at… Read More

Why Jewish Camp?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent nearly every summer at camp. I loved being a camper — the fun, the memories, the surprises and the friendships. I have loved every camp job I have ever held: counselor-in-training, junior counselor, senior counselor, sports counselor, drama counselor, unit leader, assistant director and director. But… Read More