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St. Louis Jewish Light

Books to help with kids’ summer camp anxiety

Books to help with kids’ summer camp anxiety

JENNIFER BAER, Special to the Jewish Light July 7, 2021

Apparently, I’m developing some skills that just can’t be reflected on a résumé, such as my near perfect ability to embarrass my kids. While I know that they don’t need me to hold their hands anymore when we cross the street, something in me...

Camp Modin in Maine was one of the few Jewish camps to open last year. It plans to follow the same playbook this year. (Courtesy of Howard Salzberg)

What Jewish summer camp will look like this year

Shira Hanau April 16, 2021

(JTA) — Last year at this time, the message out of Jewish summer camps was one of doom and gloom. In April 2020, the Union for Reform Judaism announced that COVID would force a closure of its camps for the summer, affecting some 10,000 kids. In...

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...

Camp Sabra is offering ‘Sabra Family Getaways’ this summer. 

Camp Sabra opening for ‘Family Getaways’ this summer

June 18, 2020

Families and campers can experience Camp Sabra in a new way this summer — through all-inclusive Family Getaways. Weekly getaways feature a variety of activities and programs in an appropriately distanced environment while adhering to health and safety...

Aaron Hadley Executive Director, Camp Ben Frankel in Southern Illinois

Reinventing Summer Camp: How some Jewish camps are going virtual this year

BY BEN SALES, JTA June 18, 2020

Ask Jewish summer camp directors about the hardest part of designing a virtual camp experience for the COVID-19 era and they’ll laugh.Then they’ll say that all of it is hard. That they’ve never done anything like this before. That camp on a screen...

Camp Sabra is offering ‘Sabra Family Getaways’ this summer. 

Camp Sabra offers ‘Family Getaways’ in July

June 16, 2020

Families and campers can experience the J's Camp Sabra in a new way this summer — through all-inclusive Sabra Family Getaways. Weekly getaways feature a variety of activities and programs in an appropriately distanced environment while adhering to health...

Dr. Alison Spatz Levine

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

By Dr. Alison Spatz Levine and Heather Maiman, JTA June 4, 2020

DENVER — 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 rest of...

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...

An image of Camp Sabra in the 1970s. 

Camp Sabra invites alums to 50th Birthday Bash

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR March 5, 2020

Camp Sabra, at Lake of the Ozarks, is throwing a 50th Birthday Bash this summer and inviting alumni campers and staffers ages 21 and up from Sabra as well as Camp Hawthorn and Wah-Kon-Dah to attend. Plans include the chance to enjoy all the activities...

The Marcus Foundation has awarded a $3.2 million grant to Foundation for Jewish Camp for supporting mental health across the spectrum of Jewish camps in North America.  

Grant to address mental health at Jewish summer camp

JNS Report October 17, 2019

The Marcus Foundation has awarded a $3.2 million grant to Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) for supporting mental health across the spectrum of Jewish camps in North America. Funding will be awarded to approximately 60 camps over four years in an effort...

Kids attending the J’s Camp Sabra have fun at the dock. File Photo

Teens return from summer camp with deeper spirituality

BY JORDAN EISEN, SOPHOMORE, PARKWAY NORTH September 12, 2019

Jewish summer sleep-away camp is meaningful in many ways to Jewish teens. It’s a place for them to get away from the stresses of home and school, meet new friends and serve as a holy place to connect with God. Notably, since prayer at camp greatly differs...

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