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Campers learning to play mah jongg

For years, my mom has been on a mission to teach mah jongg at the Reform Jewish summer camp my brother and I attended. This year it finally happened.

Brian Hertz
The author and a songleader lead morning services from the front of an outdoor bimah

My renewed strength will fuel me as I return to Parkland this week to serve my congregants and community, and for that I cannot thank Kutz enough.

Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman
Campers and staff in a friendship circle as seen from outside the circle

The only connection to Judaism I maintained in high school was through sporadic summers at camp. I returned there as a counselor before college, after my mom came out.

Chelsea Feuchs
Three males with their arms around one another from the back facing a female songleader on the bimah with a guitar

I cite my parents’ decision to raise a Jewish family as my gift of a lifetime because of the astronomical impact it has had on my life thus far.

Sean Carlin
Three young girls in bright summer tees around a computer

Encouraging girls to explore concepts related to science and engineering helps them discover and harness the power they possess to make a difference in the world.

Delaney Cotton
Female summer campers dressed all in white as is customary for Shabbat services at Jewish camp

I promise that for the rest of my life, I will fight for your safety. I will fight for your freedom from fear. I will fight in memory of Alyssa Alhadeff, and in honor of all of you.

Madeline Budman
Young woman looking back over her shoulder and smiling

At the Kotel, I was confused as to why I was being completely rejected from the most central place of meaning in my religion. I didn’t know how to react.

Angelica Vohland
Full moon illuminating dark sky and clouds

It may be foolish for a young boy to interpret an ordinary experience as an encounter with God, but I cling to my belief that it was – and it changed my life.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Songleaders dressed in white playing guitar and singing on an outdoor stage at URJ Camp Newman looking out over Shabbat services attended by campers

Recent California wildfires devastated Camp Newman’s physical space. I feel that it is my duty – and my honor – to give back to the camp that has given me the world. 

Rachel Wolman
Flat black stones placed on the sand to form an open heart

In 2016, I arrived at a Reform Jewish summer camp, knowing nothing about Reform Judaism. I returned to Israel transformed by my experience, eager to continue my journey.

Ella Steiner

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