Incubating Summer Fun

From sports to technology and business to ‘wellness,’ Jewish foundation will offer campers new specialty camp experiences for 2014 season.

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So, your son is too busy with his startup ventures to bother with color war? Your daughter is happier in a science lab than in front of a campfire? The idea of your organics-only child exposed to S’mores and bug juice makes you queasy?

That’s no reason not to send the kids to Jewish overnight camp.

Or at least it won’t be as of June 2014, when four new programs are slated to hatch from the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC)’s second “specialty camp incubator.”

The URJ's Six Points Academy is one of the most popular of the five specialty camps launched in 2010.

Post-Scandal, 92Y Taps New Exec, Spiritual Leader

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The 92nd Street Y, a landmark Jewish institution on the Upper East Side, made two major personnel announcements this week.

Henry Timms, who earlier served as the Y’s deputy executive director for innovation, strategy and content, was appointed executive director. And Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, longtime senior rabbi at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, will become the Y’s director of Jewish community, and head of its Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, in September.

A Time For Tartan

Photography exhibit documents the lives of Scottish Jews.

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An older woman holding a worn volume of Robert Burns poetry looks up from her book to gaze directly at the camera, her face etched with deep lines that suggest a smile. She’s at a Burns supper — held all over Scotland and now around the world — to celebrate the life and work of the Scottish national poet on his birthday. This dinner is at the L’Chaim, Scotland’s only kosher restaurant.

A chemist at a whiskey distillery in Fife. Judah Passow

Israeli Dance Takes Center Stage

Out of Israel festival features choreographers, master classes and a dance party.

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Choreographer Dana Katz turns the idea of dance theater-in-the-round inside out, when she premieres her new work, “Thousand Plateaus” at the 92nd Street Y, as part of the weeklong Out of Israel Dance Festival. Audience members will be seated in the middle of Buttenweiser Hall, while the four dancers of the group Danaka Dance will dance around the perimeter of the room.

Israeli choreographer Dana Katz, will premiere her work “Thousand Plateaus” at Out of Israel Dance Festival. Daniel Kam

92Y’s Adler Fired Amid Kickback Probe

Married director had ‘personal relationship’ with subordinate whose son-in-law allegedly extorted Y vendors.

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Sol Adler, the longtime executive director of the 92nd Street Y, has been fired in the aftermath of an investigation into alleged wrongdoing at the leading cultural institution, the Y announced last Friday evening. The announcement came two days after The Jewish Week reported he was on medical leave and that several employees had been dismissed as a result of a suspected kickback scheme.

Sol Adler: Loses 92nd Street Y leadership post for “inappropriate behavior.”

92Y’s Adler On Medical Leave Amid Kickback Probe

Surprise move comes as several employees are terminated for allegedly shaking down vendors.

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Amid a kickback investigation at the 92nd Street Y in which several employees have been terminated, Sol Adler, the Upper East Side institution’s longtime executive director is away on medical leave, The Jewish Week has learned.

Simon Wiesenthal, The Play

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If anyone had the whiff of heroism about him, it was Simon Wiesenthal, the Austrian Jewish Holocaust survivor who became the world’s most famous Nazi hunter.

Tom Dugan portrays Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal in one-man show at 92nd Street Y.

Y Sheds Pricey Downtown Digs

Tribeca building not ‘cost-effective’; critics say ‘parachuting in’ didn’t work.

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Just five years after spending millions of dollars to create a state-of-the-art performance venue there, the 92nd Street Y has decided to close its Tribeca facility

“Operating a second venue is not the most cost-effective way of reaching [young Jews],”  says Y’s Sol Adler.

Thanksgiving Thursday, Then #GivingTuesday

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Sol Adler, executive director of the 92nd Street Y, got special delight out of paying some bills on the Chase Bank website on Sunday — before logging off, he noticed an announcement for “Giving Tuesday,” a national program under the Y’s auspices that will start next week.

Sol Adler: Project part of Y’s tikkun olam mandate.

The Camper As Philanthropist

In Jewish Teen Funders Network pilot project, youth practice giving money away.

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If “urban camp” sounds like an oxymoron to you, then “urban farm” might as well.

Teen philanthropists on a visit to the Battery Urban Farm in Lower Manhattan. Photos courtesy Jewish Teen Funders Network.
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