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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

On Dec. 15, Jodi Sperling and St. Louis native Mitch Morgan became owners of Camp Kingswood in Bridgeton, Maine. Morgan attended the Js Camp Sabra throughout his childhood and teenage years and then worked as a counselor and eventually, assistant director.

Love of Jewish summer camp led St. Louis native to become camp co-owner

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR February 2, 2021

When Mitch Morgan was growing up in the Brentwood School District, he was one of two Jews.The other was his younger brother, Sean. “Kids would ask us if we were ‘Hanukkah,’” Morgan recalls and laughs.He met his first Jewish friend at the Jewish...

Pre-pandemic scenes of summer fun at Camp Ben Frankel in southern Illinois 

Second summer of COVID challenges camp directors

Eric Berger, Associate Editor January 27, 2021

Some camp directors this summer will have to decide in which cabin to put kids. Aaron Hadley, executive director of Camp Ben Frankel, has to decide where to locate an entire camp.The Jewish overnight camp typically takes place in southern Illinois. But...

Dr. Alison Spatz Levine

Those Jewish camps opening this summer? This camp doctor and nurse think it’s a bad idea

Dr. Alison Spatz Levine and Heather Maiman May 27, 2020

DENVER (JTA) — In the summer of 1999, we slept head to head in top bunks at Camp Ramah in Canada. We also shared a viral upper respiratory illness that kept us from participating in the much-anticipated yom bli shemesh (a day without sun) while the...

One Happy Camper grants now open to all of Missouri

November 8, 2017

One Happy Camper, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, has opened grants to all Jewish first-time campers in Missouri, with the exclusion of Kansas City. The program offers up to $1,000 for first-time campers, understanding that at Jewish overnight camp, “the...

Aaron Hadley is the new director of Camp Ben Frankel in Southern Illinois.

Camp Ben Frankel taps camp alum as new director

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer January 12, 2017

Camp Ben Frankel, a Jewish overnight summer program in Southern Illinois, has hired a new director who is charged with revitalizing an organization facing financial difficulties. Aaron Hadley will lead the camp and its parent organization, Jewish Federation...

Foundation for Jewish Camp announces grant cycle for new specialty camps

JTA March 15, 2012

NEW YORK -- The Foundation for Jewish Camp announced a new grant cycle to fund the creation of four new specialty Jewish overnight camps.  The "Specialty Camps Incubator II" funding cycle represents the second stage of an $8.6 million grant jointly funded...

‘One Happy Camper’ offers grants for St. Louis families

February 22, 2012

Following a successful first year, Jewish Federation of St. Louis has renewed "One Happy Camper," a partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC). The program offers the unique gift of $1,000 to 100 St. Louis Jewish youth in grades 1 through 12...

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