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Helen Fine’s book, At Camp Kee Tov, inspired me to go to summer camp. The lessons I learned there continue to guide me today.

Cantor Jacqueline Marx
Shoshana Nambi

Ugandan native Shoshana Nambi, 27, was one of a dozen Ugandan Jewish young adults who spent this summer working as counselors and specialists at Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) camps. In this interview she talks about that experience and what it’s like to grow up Jewish in Uganda.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

We weren’t surprised when a small flock of wild turkeys showed up at camp. After all, Wisconsin is one of the top five states for wild turkeys! Though he is sorely missed, here are some lessons we learned from Felix’s time with us, and the legacy he has left behind.

Mandy Herlich and Rabbi Alan Cook

Having been a sleepaway camper myself for every summer of my childhood, I know camp will change you. I can't wait for you to come home and teach us what you have learned.

Debi Mohile Goldberg

URJ Crane Lake Camp, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Stockbridge, MA, recently released this beautiful video about what it means to be a Reform Jew, both at summer camp and beyond. In sharing the video, Crane Lake posted, “We are all different and unique and yet so similar. Being Jewish isn’t about what you look like or where you come from. It’s about how it makes you feel.”

Kate Bigam

By the time she was 3 years old, Jazz Jennings (not her original first name or her real last name) knew she was meant to be a girl. In her new book Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teenager, Jazz tells her story, including how she and her family became reality TV stars and outspoken advocates for transgender rights.

Kate Bigam

Summer is coming soon, and it’s all I can think about this Shabbat, when I am at home in D.C., dreaming of Massachusetts. Because out of all of the things I love about camp, it’s possible I love Shabbat the most. And as my countdown ticks down, my excitement riles up.

Jordan Pelavin

When I feel the judgmental emotions or FOMO (fear of missing out) rising inside of me, I remind myself of a lesson I first learned as a counselor at URJ Camp Harlam, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Kunkletown, PA: “Don’t yuck someone else’s yum.” In other words, if someone else likes doing something and it makes them happy, then let them enjoy it – no matter whether or not you like it.

Rabbi Karen Perolman

We know that today’s college students have lots of choices for summer jobs – but here are 10 reasons why working at a Jewish summer camp is the absolute best opportunity for someone who’s

Alaina Yoakum


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