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  • Hebrew Hoops Basketball Camp Coming to LA

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    20 hours ago

    One of my passions is Jewish college students. I have had the honor of being a campus rabbi at Long Beach State, UC Irvine, and for the last two years with University of Southern California Hillel.

    So many of our Jewish students are passionate about life and making the world a...

  • 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...

  • A day in the life of Jewish summer camp

    February 5, 2015 | 12:27 pm

    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 JCA Shalom’s residential summer camp in the hills of Malibu. 

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    Boker tov!

    “Every...

  • Adventure camping on the coast

    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...

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  • 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.

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

    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...

  • Bnei Akiva seals $7.1 million deal on massive campground east of Los Angeles

    By Jared Sichel

    September 12, 2014 | 6:11 pm

    On Sept. 12, Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, the local chapter of an international religious Zionist youth group, purchased a 78-acre campground in Running Springs for $7.1 million.

    The group has raised $8.5 million in a major capital campaign this year and plans to raise an...

  • Finding the Goldbergs: A Catskills mystery unraveled

    August 21, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    The moment I kicked in the door of the abandoned house in the heart of the Catskills, I felt like I was in an episode of “The Twilight Zone: Borscht Belt edition.”

    In some corners it appeared as if the residents were just out for the afternoon. Pictures and tchotchkes adorned the...

  • Something in it all

    By Revital Belz

    June 18, 2014 | 2:57 am

    I was eleven when I first went to sleep away camp. It was an Orthodox Jewish camp In Eastern Pennsylvania, a two hour bus ride from my New Jersey Suburban home. I boarded the bus in my oversized tan boy shorts and big grey t-shirt and the carrot sticks my mom had packed for me as a...

  • BunkConnect program offering bargains for first-time campers

    February 11, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Think Expedia or Hotels.com or countless other vacation discount finders online, but instead to connect kids to Jewish camps.

    The Foundation for Jewish Camp announced Monday that it is piloting a new program this summer offering first-time campers from middle- and lower-income...

  • The value of summer camp

    October 3, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    In 2007, my three daughters asked me if they could go to summer camp along with their school  friends. For the previous several years, I had always said no. It was far, it was costly. And summer was the only time I had vacation from work, and I wanted to spend that time with my...

  • Yosemite Rim Fire damages Tawonga Jewish summer camp

    August 26, 2013 | 11:48 am

    The largest wildfire in California’s history has led to the evacuation of a Jewish summer camp and destroyed at least one of its buildings.

    The Yosemite Rim Fire triggered the cancellation of Camp Tawonga’s annual Keshet LGBTQ Family Camp, San Francisco’s j. weekly reported.

    On...

  • Top 3 Reasons Special Needs Program at Camp Ramah CA Rocks

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 23, 2013 | 11:03 pm

    When I was young, I eagerly looked foward to going away to "sleep away" camp every summer. It was a chance to get away from my parents, hang out with new friends and actually see the stars at night. I usually came home feeling more independent, sunburned, and with a new expletive...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 8, 2013 | 5:52 am

    Camp Kimama is taking off!

    More than 1500 children and teenagers from all around the world will land this summer in Israel, for an unforgettable international experience named: Camp Kimama. The staff is assembled from young Israelis, Jewish Agency summer camps alumni, who use...

  • Falling tree at Calif. summer camp kills counselor

    July 3, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    A tree fell through a dining hall at a Jewish summer camp in Northern California, killing one and requiring four others to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.

    NBC News reported that a counselor, Annais Rittenberg, was killed.

    A Cal Fire spokesman, Daniel Berlant, posted on...

  • 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...

  • Boys allegedly sexually abused at Orthodox Jewish summer camp

    August 14, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    New York State Police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse by a truck driver making a delivery to a Jewish camp, The New York Post reported.

    Surveillance video captured footage of a kosher-food truck driver entering bunks for seventh-and eighth-grade boys at Camp Shalva...

  • Israeli summer camps venture into Jewish identity building

    July 30, 2012 | 10:12 am

    Raised in a small and intimate Jewish community, Gal Herman, 14, has always been active in his local Reform youth group, attending services and participating in events.

    So it was an easy decision to spend summer at the Reform sleepaway camp a few hours away, where he could play...

  • Jewish summer campers ‘terrorized’

    July 27, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Three adults and two juveniles are under arrest for allegedly for making children at a Jewish summer camp feel “terrorized and in fear of for their lives.”

    The five were arrested in Wayne County, Pa., ABC News reported. They face felony and misdemeanor charges, including...

  • 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,...

  • Pure Love in the Middle of a Travel Nightmare

    By Ilana Angel

    June 13, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Yesterday I flew to New York City.  By flew to New York City of course I mean I ended up in a travel nightmare.  I was taking a client’s child to the east coast to go to camp for 2 weeks.  The plan was to fly her in, drop her to her best girlfriend, have dinner with my friends in...

  • Opinion: An appreciation to summers spent in paradise

    January 26, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    In the classic male-bonding film “Stand By Me,” based on a Stephen King novella, there is a line of dialogue at the end that I have never forgotten: “I never had friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12 … does anyone?”

    In my case, however, five of the friendships...

  • Not Your American Summer Camp…

    By Julia Bendis

    December 1, 2010 | 1:46 pm

    When school was ending last year, I started looking for summer camps for my kids.  As I started looking, they started whining…  What kid complains about going to camp?  Not only complains, but begs not to be sent to one?

    That’s when I decided that it was time to sit my kids down,...

  • Flu cases down at Hess Kramer

    By Laura Stampler

    September 2, 2009 | 9:02 pm

    Camp Hess Kramer, like other sleep-away camps this summer, sent home children with influenza-like symptoms during its first session. But no children were sent home from the camp after July 15, the start of its second session.

    The reason could lie in a new product Hess Kramer began...

  • Experience at international camp broadens perspective

    By Sivan Ron

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    As I look at a picture from the summer of 2007, I wish with all of my heart that I could go back and relive it. This picture contains a group of campers, each with a big smile on his or her face, glowing with happiness to be surrounded by their new best friends.

    From a distance,...

  • Briefs: Seeds of Peace extends past Summer; BBYO offers cash incentive for summer camps

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Seeds of Peace Extends Past Summer

    After a shaky start fighting over a girl they both liked, Joseph Katona, 19, a Jewish Angeleno, and Omar Dreidi, his 19-year-old Palestinian Arab bunkmate, formed a bond that would extend past the two summers they shared at a Seeds of Peace retreat...

  • A summertime find—future Jewish leaders

    By Zachary Lasker

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As a camper, Max Kates was full of energy, soaking up everything Camp Ramah in Ojai offered. He loved sports, singing, his friends and Shabbat. When the summer arrived for him to join the staff, he immediately applied to participate in Ramah's counselor leadership-training program....
  • Summer activities push camps to offer variety

    By Celia Soudry

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Ruth Berkowitz, mother of five, has two manila folders stuffed with camp brochures, schedules and a pencil-drawn spreadsheet compiled of summer activities for her five children, including a column for each week.

    Berkowitz, an Orthodox Jew, has sent her children to both Jewish and...

  • One camp, two camp, red camp, Jew camp

    By Jay Firestone

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It had been about 10 years since my last true Jewish summer-camp experience, but I still remember worshipping that empty bottle of Pepsi that had allowed me to kiss three different girls in less than five minutes for the first time in my life, still a personal record (I didn't even...
  • Briefs: Espere la Luz in Mojave, Alonim campers step up to help, kids library returns

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli Firm Plans to Construct World's Largest Solar Power Park in Mojave Desert

    An Israeli company will build the world's largest solar energy park in Southern California's Mojave Desert to supply enough electricity to power 400,000 homes in Central and Northern California.

    The...

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