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  • 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.


  • My Holywood Moment

    By David Suissa

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was your classic indie film set. Small crew. Cool Italian cameraman with a Fedora hat and the studied nonchalance of someone who's been there before. A grunge looking lighting guy who probably has alternative rock on his iPod. A few grips and assistants running around setting up...
  • We pledge allegiance to your shorts

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Camp Pranks

    There is something inherently cruel in laughter at the expense of other people ("We Salute Your Shorts," July 13).

    It's one thing to satirize, mock or lampoon where it's appropriate. However, pranks at summer camp often are hurtful and scary for children.

  • We pledge allegiance to your shorts

    By Julie G Fax

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Back in the good ole days, back before seatbelts were mandatory, lawsuits were rampant and there was all this business about kids' self-esteem, the camp prank reigned supreme.

    Today? We're litigious and safety conscious and have all sorts of rules and techniques so kids don't get...

  • Campfire stories from Israel at Ramah:
    'I felt a missile go just over my head'

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    My pre-camp seminar with 35 staff members from Israel had just wrapped up, but Avinoam, our 21-year-old Israeli basketball coach for the summer, lingered behind, looking nervous and shaken.

    "Rabbi Dan, I want to let the kids get to know me this summer, like you said, so they can...

  • A Jew,  a Catholic and a film crew walk into a born-again summer camp

    By Jean Oppenheimer

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What are a secular Jew and a lapsed Catholic doing making a film about born-again Christians?

    "We were interested in exploring children and faith," explained Rachel Grady, co-director of "Jesus Camp," a documentary about a summer program at which evangelical children are taught to...
  • Finding God Under the Stars

    By Amy Klein

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The fog/smog lies heavy over the San Bernardino mountain range, but with a little imagination, it's still possible to make out Los Angeles -- and Catalina -- in the distance. Likewise, at an elevation of more than 6,000 feet in Running Springs, it's possible to envision the great...

  • Class Notes - Day School Gets $15 Million Gift

    By Julie G Fax

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A recent gift of $15 million to the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md., one of the largest day schools in the U.S., will help pay for the school's daily operation, extremely rare among large gifts, which more commonly go toward endowments or capital expansion.

  • Even Utopia Has a Price Tag

    By Lea Lion

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Late in the summer of 1987, my parents shipped me off to the Cleveland Jewish Community Center's cleverly named Camp Wise. It was August, the weather was hot, and the little village of wooden cabins with tent flaps for walls was a welcome change from the air-conditioned houses of the...

  • O.C. Gives Kids New Place to Bunk

    By Emily Pauker

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    After 15 years of summer day camps, Orange County families finally have a resident camp option of their very own. The Merage Jewish Community Center in Irvine is in the process of signing up campers, ages 7 to 16, to fill 110 spaces available for Camp Yofi, a sleep-away camp at...

  • Tentative Deal to Save Valley Cities JCC

    By Marc Ballon

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Valley Cities Jewish Community Center received a new lease on life this week when its parent organization agreed in principle to sell the center property to a local partnership that will keep the JCC going. Without the agreement, the center could have shut down at the end of...

  • The Great Camp Learning Curve

    By Julie Brown

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Spring is in the air: apricot blossoms burgeoning on their branches, daffodil 10-packs floating in plastic pots at Trader Joe's and summer camp brochures stuffed into our mailboxes.

    I am a big fan of camp. Every summer from 1973 on, I packed my trunk and headed to Malibu. Camp...

  • Rabbi Alfred Wolf

    By Tom Tugend

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Alfred Wolf, who pioneered Jewish summer camps and the interfaith movement on the West Coast, died Aug. 1 at the age of 88.

    Throughout his life, he strove for his self-described goal "to serve as a catalyst in bringing people together, despite personal and ideological...

  • With Camperships for All

    By David Finnigan

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    They are not scholarships but "camperships" in Jewish summer camp parlance. Of the 1,000 campers expected soon at Malibu's Camp JCA Shalom, which is supported by JCCGLA, about 200 parents applied for camperships.

    "It's amazing, in the past few years, the income level of people who...

  • Arts No Longer Plays Second Fiddle

    By Julie G Fax

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    More than 10 times during Rena Ahdut's stay at Solomon Schechter overnight camp in Olympia, Wash., last summer, her mother made the long drive from Tacoma to bring her home for dance rehearsals.

    "It was kind of hard to come and go all the time," said Rena, 14, who dances ballet, tap...

  • Shalom, Amazon

    By Robin Cembalest

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago I welcomed Shabbat in Iquitos, Peru, one of the most isolated cities in the world. Located four degrees south of the Equator and surrounded by nearly impenetrable jungle, Iquitos is accessible only by air or by river -- that is, the Amazon.

    The Shabbat service was...

  • Happy Campers

    By Steve Getzug

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Norman and Lela Jacoby are talking about Camp Ramah again.

    They are playfully finishing each other's sentences, aiming for the right adjectives, the right phrasing to describe a place in Ojai that they say has meant so much to their family.

    Their words burst out like a riot of campers...

  • 5 Steps to Choosing a Camp

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sure, there's going to be bugs. And food that's fun to make fun of. And a couple of bouts of homesickness. But camping, the experts agree, is good for children. "It's a great equalizer," says Arthur Pinchev, director of youth and family programming at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute,...

  • Memories of Summer Camp

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My first and only experience at summer camp was magical, or so it seemed to me. I entered a world I had never known before, and by summer's end had gained some recognition into who I was and who I was not. No mean feat at 13.

    A city boy, I developed at camp a feel for the country,...

  • Sunday, May 7

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My 9-year-old daughter is heading off to overnight camp this summer. Each morning, the first thing she does upon waking up is write down the number of days remaining until she heads off to the North Woods of Wisconsin. "Sixty-two days left," she calls out as she lifts her backpack...

  • Higher Ground

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Take nearly 100 people training to be rabbis, priests, pastors, ministers, nuns and religious educators. Put them together for 24 hours at a Jewish summer camp. Add a torrent of rain, and stir in several inches of thick mud. What do you get? You never know.

    For 25 years, the National...

  • Ramah’s Policy in Black and White

    By Eric J

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In the latest effort to define its religious boundaries, the Conservative movement has directed its summer camping system to notify parents that prospective campers must be Jewish according to halacha, or Jewish law, to be accepted.

    The notification, included in this year's...

  • Ramah’s Happy,

    By Beverly Gray

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    During that first weekend, we found nourishmentfor all parts of our Jewish psyches. Religious services weretraditional but encouraged participation: I had my first-ever aliyahthere. The camp's weekend scholar-in-residence gave us grown-upsserious food for thought. The children had...

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