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Two female students sitting on the ground and smiling up at at the camera while drawing Stars of David on posterboard

I thought our Mock Knesset was very successful. We learned so much and had fun learning all about Israel’s government

Sydney S.
Dozens of campers on a soccer field making a heart shape using their hands

When tragedy struck Camp Coleman, we asked how we could respond. The answer was to cry together, support one another and establish a lasting legacy at camp for our friend.

Rabbi Adam Miller
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
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
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
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
Group of teen campers outside in front of a tree

When big news develops during camp, campers and staff have space to explore the issues and share perspectives openly in communities of mutual Jewish concern.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Preteen boys playing basketball on an indoor court

Now a Jewish professional, my basketball experiences were formative. Skills in motivation, mentoring, management, and interpersonal relationships cultivated on the court impact my Jewish work.

Aaron Selkow

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