Tag - Jewish Summer Camps

What’s in a Name?

By Isaac Saposnik In the Midrash, we learn that people are known by three names: one given by our parents, one used by other people, and one that we acquire for ourselves. We are taught that this last one – the name we acquire for ourselves – is best. When the Reconstructionist movement opened its first summer camp in 2002, it was given a name...

Harlem Day Camp to Sunset After Four Amazing Seasons

“Thank you, URJ Harlam Day Camp, for giving my child the chance to be part of a real Jewish community with great friends, awesome staff, and a commitment to the values that we believe in as a Jewish family. Without this last summer at HDC, I don’t think that our son would be the person that we can see him growing up to be.” – HDC Parent |...

Trump’s Visa Crackdown Could Have ‘Drastic Impact’ on Jewish Summer Camps

By Judy Maltz Haaretz.com The Trump administration’s crackdown on visas to foreigners could include an unlikely victim: Jewish summer camps. According to recent reports, the government’s plan to cut or end the J-1 visa program, which benefits a wide spectrum of foreign workers, would also target those employed at summer camps. Israelis have...

Living in Two Civilizations

By Alex Rubin Camp is a microcosm of an ideal Jewish, American life. There, we celebrate both American and Jewish holidays, we are able to connect to each other socially and spiritually, and even when participating in a “secular” activity, we are still learning and exhibiting Jewish values. For example when playing sports, we treat each other...