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A day in the life of Jewish summer camp

by Leslee Komaiko

February 5, 2015 | 12:27 pm

Counselor Maya Rosen, 18, with one of her JCA Shalom campers.

Think summer camp is all fun and games? It is those things, but there’s a lot more to it. Just talk to some of the many veterans — from a camper to a songleader to a yoga instructor — of... read full article

  • Want to send your child to camp, but short on cash?

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    February 4, 2015 | 3:39 pm

    The benefits of Jewish summer camp are well documented — but so are the costs when it comes to parents’ wallets. 

    The good news is a variety of local camp officials report that things are improving for those seeking financial assistance and more affordable options. At Camp Alonim...

  • Adventure camping on the coast

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    February 4, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    Summer camp options just got a lot more creative for Jewish teenagers on the West Coast.

    As part of an effort to broaden opportunities for high-school students to explore Jewish identity over the summer, the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Camp Newman in Santa Rosa is launching...

  • Amid increased scrutiny, risk, camps address teen sexuality

    by Elicia Brown, JTA

    February 4, 2015 | 2:39 pm

    The counselors didn’t approve but preferred not to meddle. According to the bunk’s “hook-up competition,” each teenage girl was supposed to mark a space on the cabin wall with her name and date indicating when she had successfully kissed — or otherwise hooked up with — a boy.

    ...
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  • New Jewish dating app keeps the campfire burning

    by Oren Peleg

    February 4, 2015 | 2:17 pm

    For many Jews, nothing cooks up piping-hot nostalgia quite like reminiscing about summer camp. Adults who recall those times may think back to pounding on tables during birkat (grace after meals), intense and often heated Maccabiah competitions or “color wars” and musical theater...

  • From disable to enable: Summer camp shifts focus

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    February 12, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    The positive impact that summer camps have on Jewish identity is no secret, but a report released last year by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) found that much progress remains in making this a viable opportunity for young people with special needs. 

    To help move things...

  • Camp fair pitches many tents

    By Elyse Glickman

    February 12, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    If there’s anything the upcoming “Summer Days” camp fair proves, it’s that day camps are as diverse as the kids who attend them. 

    The second annual fair — featuring more than 50 day camps from 30 ZIP codes — takes place Feb. 23 at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel Air from 1-4 p.m....

  • Camp advice for parents: FAQs

    by Joel Charnick

    February 12, 2014 | 4:15 pm

    Every year in the months prior to the beginning of camp, I get numerous phone calls from parents who have a variety of concerns about sending their children to camp for the first time. If you’re one of these parents, allow me to offer some advice.

    First of all, know that you are...

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