My seventh-grade son, Ethan, did not want to go to sleep-away camp, but after years of hearing our rabbi, Rabbi Paul Kipnes, praise the value of URJ Camp Newman, my husband and I were determined to send him anyway. Ethan's "comfort zone" is home. New adventures tend to create anxiety for him. Though he prefers going to school, hanging with friends, and attending day camp, we felt that going to Jewish overnight summer camp would be an experience he would benefit from.
We signed him up, covertly, knowing that Rabbi Kipnes, his wife, their children, along with many other kids from our... Read More