‘A True Vacation’ Some camps aren’t just for kids

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Parents often think of summer camp as a way to have some time away from their children, but more Jewish summer camps across the country are letting parents get away with their kids. “It’s an incredible opportunity when your child can play with their peers and you, as a parent, can hang out with the… Read More

Flashback: Alan Lazerow

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Alan Lazerow, 32, grew up in Frederick, Md., but his parents were accustomed to the energetic Jewish community of Baltimore. Still, when they found out about Camp Shoresh, located in Adamstown, Md., just minutes from Frederick, they sent Lazerow to the Jewish summer camp from a young age. Thirty years later, Lazerow, a Baltimore attorney,… Read More

Nature Camps Provide Chances to Explore, Connect to the Earth Several Baltimore-area camps offer outdoor experiences

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For 11-year-old Noah Lindquist, nature camp is his yearly reset  button after a year of being cooped up inside a classroom. “It’s like his revitalization. He gets back to finding who he is after a year of being in the classroom,” his mother, Karen Levin, said. “I feel like he’s a relaxed, truer version of… Read More

Big Money Capital Camps awarded $100,000 grant

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For its groundbreaking work in the personal and professional development of its staff, a local Jewish summer camp was awarded a signature grant from a leading Jewish education philanthropy. The Covenant Foundation awarded Capital Camps and Retreat Center a $100,000 grant over two years to develop the Institute for Leadership and Learning, a national fellowship… Read More

Mail Call Parents, campers stay in touch with the use of technology

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There was a time not long ago when a child awaiting a handwritten and addressed letter from home was a sleep-away camp rite. But that has changed considerably in the past five years due to technology programs offered to parents and families that enable same-day communication (and photos) with campers. Some say this progress is… Read More

Pick a Camp, Any Camp Directors chime in on overnight or day camp

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It has been well established that children who attend Jewish summer camp are much more likely to be engaged Jewishly as adults. But the next question — which hasn’t received as much attention — is how much difference is there between overnight and day camp in that outcome? “I’d be hard-pressed to say it doesn’t… Read More

Flashback Amy Pollokoff

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Amy Pollokoff, 55, vice president at the Fedder Corporation, grew up in Pikesville and was exposed to philanthropy from a young age, thanks to her parents, Ellen and Joel Fedder. They both constantly attended meetings because of their involvement in what is today known as The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Her father was… Read More

One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Social Enterprise Hungry Harvest uses recovered produce to feed customers, those in need

From left: Jon Heiber, chief strategy officer Mark Leybengrub, Emily Quade, co-founder and CEO Evan Lutz and Angela Parreco of Hungry Harvest are pictured at a free 
farmers market, where residents of low-income neighborhoods can take home as 
much produce as they want.

When Evan Lutz was a business major at the University of Maryland, College Park, something just didn’t add up to him. While focusing on the issue of food justice, he learned that a third of the fresh water used in the United States is used on produce that ultimately goes to waste; that one in… Read More