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  • Maccabi Game fever strikes my local JCC

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 4, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    A bright red, digital clock counts down the days, hours and minutes in my Jewish Community Center's main lobby, and at the gym entrance. Supersized lettering in washable white paint shouts, "Less than 100 days left!" on outside windows, and inside mirrored halls. The brochures and...

  • Skills-focused camp program takes summer to the ‘Max’

    By Elyse Glickman

    March 26, 2015 | 11:58 am

    Jewish summer camp is full of tradition, but that’s not stopping Kibbutz Max Straus in Glendale from rolling out Kibbutz Explorations, four special core programs designed especially for 21st-century teens and tweens.

    Campers ages 12 to 15 enrolled in the program this summer will...

  • With launch of four new camps, specialty sector is booming

    March 26, 2015 | 11:54 am

    When his new camp opened last summer, Greg Kellner suspected he needed a morning ritual different from the traditional flagpole gathering at many Jewish overnight camps.

    Kellner, the director of URJ Six Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, Mass., a Jewish, science-themed camp in...

  • Summer camp for all

    March 26, 2015 | 11:43 am

    Like many children and teenagers, Michael Rosenbaum of Los Feliz sees going to summer camp as a highlight of his year.

    He relishes the outdoor activities, cooking classes, swimming, dancing and games at Camp Ramah in Ojai. He enjoys connecting with his Jewish heritage through...

  • Amid increased scrutiny, risk, camps address teen sexuality

    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.

  • Summer camp love

    By Zan Romanoff

    November 14, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Every summer for the last three years, staffer Naomi Elman, 23, and her fiance, Mitch Gelfand, 29, have stood on the stage at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley, exchanged rings and said their I-do’s. “Every session at camp there’s a carnival, and at every carnival there’s a fake marriage...

  • Why we encourage body talk at Camp Be’chol Lashon

    September 30, 2014 | 10:22 am

    Earlier this year, the Jewish overnight camp Eden Village garnered a great deal of attention for its “no body talk” policy, which camp leaders described as providing a “break from mentioning physical appearance, including clothing.”

    The policy, which aims to lessen the stress...

  • Our battle against Hamas is far from being over

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 10, 2014 | 9:24 am

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)

    In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli Defense Forces successfully scared Hamas back to the dark caves...

  • Jewish summer camps grappling with murders of Israeli teens

    July 8, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    On the morning of June 30, the children began arriving at Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, Wash., ready for a fun-filled summer.

    But shortly before the first little feet descended the bus steps, the sleepaway camp’s Israeli counselors learned from back home about the discovery...

  • From disable to enable: Summer camp shifts focus

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    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

    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...

  • On-Screen Addiction

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 22, 2013 | 5:15 pm

    Addiction is a tough thing to talk about on a television show. It's a disease that defies the typical narrative arc: there's a slow start and a long middle, and getting treatment never guarantees that anyone will stay sober. So it tends to be relegated to Very Special Episodes or...

  • What I Watched This Weekend: Camp, Orange is the New Black

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 15, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Summer is my favorite season, I think, which is a funny thing to say because the reason I love it so much is that it's all about escape. Kids go to camp and adults takes weeks seaside, lakeside, poolside, slipping out of whatever unbearable city we're inhabiting to be somewhere...

  • Springs Fire forces evacuations for Jewish institutions in Ventura County

    By Ryan Torok

    May 3, 2013 | 2:27 pm

    Synagogue leaders are reporting that the Springs Fire has affected Jewish institutions in Ventura County, including two Malibu camps run by Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) and synagogues Temple Ner Ami, Temple Etz Chaim and Temple Adat Elohim. As of Friday morning, the blaze had...

  • More options for modern Orthodox campers

    February 27, 2013 | 9:05 am

    Camp Judah West, which has run travel and sports camps in West Los Angeles for the past four years, has procured a rental location near San Diego and is organizing a five-week summer camp session based on the ideals of Jewish camping, Zionism and Torah. 

    Targeting Modern Orthodox...

  • Donors struggling to defray the rising costs of Jewish camp

    January 24, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Spending the summer at Jewish overnight camp once was a spartan affair, often little more than a collection of ramshackle buildings scattered in the woods by a placid lake.

    Those were the days.

    "Today it's all about the toys," said Rabbi Allan Smith, the former head of the...

  • L.A. camp gets unwanted attention in wake of Colorado shooting

    By Ryan Torok

    July 24, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes’ reported ties to Camp Max Straus have led to unwanted attention for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and its camp, its director said.

    “I think the attention is unfortunate,” Randy Schwab, CEO of Jewish Big Brothers Big...

  • Former Jewish camp staffer worked closely with James Holmes

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 22, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    In the summer of 2008, when James Holmes was 20, he was known as a quiet counselor at Camp Max Straus in Los Angeles County, liked by his campers.

    As details have emerged about the background of the now 24-year-old suspected shooter at the midnight massacre at an Aurora, Colo....

  • “Dark Knight” shooter reportedly was camp counselor for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2008

    By Ryan Torok

    July 21, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    The suspect behind a deadly shooting in Colorado that killed 12 and injured 58 more during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” on Friday, July 20   reportedly served as a counselor at a camp run by Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Los Angeles.

    NBC 7 San Diego KNSD...

  • Camp Newman Generates Jewish Joy

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 18, 2012 | 7:00 am

    I attended a secular summer camp as a child, and never expected to set foot in a Jewish summer camp. However, my rabbi invited me to Camp Newman last Shabbat for our synagogue’s annual visitor’s night, and it turned out to be an amazing experience.

    Within minutes of my arrival,...

  • On the Road to Ojai, Ruach Nashim 2012

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 6, 2012 | 9:01 am

    We asked Dina Bernat-Kunin to share about her recent trip to gorgeous Ojai, California for a powerful and fun Women’s retreat.

    The road to Ojai is very familiar to me. I call it freedom road. I usually avoid being the driver because I just hate driving. Being the passenger allows me...

  • A summer to remember

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 18, 2012 | 10:01 am

    In this post, I would like to talk to you about an experience I’m sure most of you know well- Jewish summer camp. But since you know it so well- I would like to tell you about this experience from an Israeli delegate side. Last summer I had the honor to be a part of an Israeli...

  • Jewish summer camps: Director’s cut

    April 9, 2012 | 11:44 am

    At age 8, when Molly Hott stepped off the bus to complete her first summer of overnight camp, she told her parents she was going to “do this forever.”

    She wasn’t kidding. Hott spent the next 14 years of her life as a camper, waitress, bunk counselor, group leader, events...

  • Parents find new benefit to Jewish camp: Freedom from themselves

    March 19, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    When she took the stage recently before an audience of 400 Jewish camping enthusiasts, Lenore Skenazy wasted no time in addressing why she is known as “America’s Worst Mom.”

    The author of a 2008 column in The New York Times describing how she let her 9-year-old son ride the...

  • Camp foundation grant to fund new specialty camps

    March 15, 2012 | 10:15 am

    The Foundation for Jewish Camp’s new grant cycle will fund the creation of four new specialty Jewish overnight camps.

    The Specialty Camps Incubator II funding cycle represents the second stage of an $8.6 million grant jointly funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Avi Chai...

  • Israel education initiative for camps launched

    February 16, 2012 | 10:52 am

    A new Israel education initiative for camps is launching with grants of $3.6 million.

    The Larry and Lillian Goodman Foundations has awarded a four-year, $2.3 million matching grant to the iCenter and the Foundation for Jewish Camp to establish the Goodman Camping Initiative for...

  • Happy wallet, happy camper

    By Ryan E. Smith

    January 26, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    The economy is bad. Money is tight. And yet the news isn’t all negative for youngsters hoping to attend Jewish summer camp this year.

    “The truth of the matter is, most of the summer camps have increased their financial aid,” said Jay Sanderson, president of The Jewish...

  • Overcoming my homesickness…

    By Julia Bendis

    October 18, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    This morning was a bit of a somber morning for me…  Our six-grader headed out to a four-day overnight Science camp today!  I have to emphasize the OVERNIGHT part since it was the only thing I heard when first learning about this little adventure, which might as well had said a...

  • A new home for historic labor zionist youth camp

    By Ryan Torok

    July 26, 2011 | 6:40 pm

    Pine trees and hiking trails surround more than a dozen wooden cabins on a lakeside campground in the San Bernardino National Forest. Located near Big Bear, the 40-acre site also includes a large dining hall, amphitheater, swimming pool, sports field and archery range — as well as...

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