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Traditional Jewish camps embrace specialized programming
BY Simone Ellin
February 6, 2014

When the first Jewish summer camps were founded over a century ago, they offered youngsters respite from urban blight and disease, opportunities for friendship and independence and a taste of Jewish culture. Nowadays, the relationship between Jewish summer camping, Jewish identity building and the continuity of the Jewish people is well documented. Yet, in order CONTINUE »

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Alumni study shows Camp Moshava creates strong connection to Israel
BY Justin B.Hayet
February 6, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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February 6, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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February 6, 2014

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 CONTINUE »