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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
Handpainted wall with the word MISHPOCHA in Hebrew which means family

Fires cannot destroy our fond, sacred memories of camp – and Camp Newman’s traditions and practices will continue. 

Larry Glickman
Image taken from the back of an outdoor sanctuary space with a rabbi on the bimah at the front and showing the backs of the heads of campers with their arms around one another

When you think back on your life, how has it been informed or influenced by Reform Jewish practice, experiences, and community?

Elena Paull
Two smiling young women wearing white lace dresses at an outdoor Shabbat service

Each time I go to camp, I learn lessons that you don’t have to be a “camp kid” to understand.

Rabbi Dusty Klass
The backs of two teen boys facing away from the camera with their arms around one another as in friendship

The madrichim are authority figures, to be sure, but their task pales in comparison to the army. It’s a huge cultural shift

Rabbi David Cohen
Dark night full of stars above a campfire near a lake

I’m continually amazed by the way Jewish ritual has a way of lifting up everyday moments and making them holy here at Jewish summer camp.

Lisa David
Bride and groom walk hand in hand away from their outdoor wedding altar where friends and family wave to them in celebration

Everything Reform Jewish summer camping had done for me, it was doing for my children – and more.

Suzie Lyon
Four female campers of middle school age sitting on the sidewalk together with their arms around one another and smiling

First as a camper and now as a counselor, I've learned so much from my time at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute, lovingly known as GUCI, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Zionsville, IN.

Leah Jacobson
Female rabbi in her twenties or thirties dressed in a prayer shawl and kippah while reading from a prayerbook outdoors

As Reform Jews, it can be difficult to create immersive Jewish moments – and camp spoiled many of us into thinking that the best of what that experience could look like is behind us.

Rabbi Jessy Gross
Open book showing a path leading off into a forest

Whether you listen while driving to work, preparing Shabbat dinner, or taking your kids to school, each episode will give you a new story to reflect upon and to discuss with the people in your life.

Rabbi Leora Kaye

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