Camps

Camps Build Robots And Ruach

Next cohort of boutique camps luring new generation of sophisticated Jewish teens.

05/28/2014
Staff Writer
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When Josh Steinharter was growing up in mid-’80s Dayton, Ohio, he split his summers between baseball camp and Jewish camp.

Six Points Sci-Tech Academy will allow teens to choose workshops ranging from robotics to environmental science. Courtesy of URJ

Jewish Day Camps: The Choice For Families

05/28/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Spring is here and it’s time to dream and plan for summer. 

No, we haven’t been dreaming about the beach or surfing the Internet for exotic destinations; our sights are much closer to home.

Melanie Schneider and Jill Mendelson

As Camps Begin, Safety Is Job One

Tragedy on Georgia Ramah raft trip shows that, for staff, summer is anything but carefree.

06/28/2011
Associate Editor

When local Jewish overnight camps kicked off the summer season, welcoming their first campers this week, their staff members were feeling a bit more nervous than usual.

That’s because last week’s staff training and last-minute preparations were clouded by the death of a 16-year-old at Camp Ramah Darom, a Conservative movement camp in northern Georgia.

Andrew Silvershein, a returning camper from Davie, Fla., drowned June 19 — the first week of that camp — on a whitewater rafting trip, after the raft overturned and he became wedged under a rock.

Jewish summer camps say they follow strict safety protocols for swimming and other water sports.

Don’t Make Summer Programs ‘Luxury Items’

03/01/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

One of the hardest jobs in any school is being on the scholarship committee. Balancing a family’s real or perceived financial need with a fiduciary responsibility to one’s school is a tricky task. If the committee is too stingy, a child may not be able to get the education he deserves. Conversely, if it is too generous, a school may not be able to endure (or to meet its obligations to teachers and staff). If there was ever a thankless job, this is it.

Don’t Like Hebrew School? Try Hebrew Camp

The Conservative movement’s Ramah camps debut
Daber, a program to step up summertime ivrit acquisition.

Editorial Intern


08/17/2010

Not every summer camp has its own celebrities. But “Rami” and “Chani” a fictional boy and girl whose names derive from “Ramah” and “Machaneh” (Hebrew for camp) have become the new stars of Camp Ramah, the Conservative movement’s summer camp network.

But it’s not exactly a life of glamour for the “famous” characters, portrayed by Ramah counselors, who have the job of reinforcing the kids’ newly acquired Hebrew-language skills.

Ramah counselors and students interact to learn Hebrew, with counselors wearing “Rami” and “Chani” hats.

Technology and Jewish Education Conference

Jewish techie Ari Davidow listened in on JESNA's recent "Technology and Jewish Education" conference and posted some of his observations on the Jewish Women's Archive blog. JESNA's conference is run through its Lippman Kanfer Institute.

Technology and Jewish Education
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