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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

Three of JTECs co-founders (clockwise from top left): Dahlia Soussan, Ellanora Lerner, and Madeline Canfield.

Three teens discuss the toxic hookup culture in Jewish youth groups and summer camps

Jen Richler, Jewish Women's ArchivePublished June 22, 2022

Jewish summer camps and youth movements are a time-honored tradition—tens of thousands of Jewish teens participate. But a group of young Jews is calling out what they say is a “toxic hookup culture” in many of these institutions. In this episode...

Kids at summer camp

Spreading wings and gritting teeth: It’s time for sleep-away camp

ELIZABETH MACANUFO, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 22, 2022

I went to Camp Herzl in Minnesota for three weeks, returning on my 13th birthday. I hated it. I missed my family, objected to spending time outdoors and, as a Reform Jew, felt lost among my more religious peers. And yet, I strongly suggested that...

‘It’s my happy place:’ Jewish camp experience for adults brings out the child in everyone

‘It’s my happy place:’ Jewish camp experience for adults brings out the child in everyone

Published May 20, 2022

“What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word ‘sex’?” Claire Perelman asks the men and women in their 20s and 30s seated around her, under a tent open on all sides – ​what’s known as the “Zen Zone” at Camp Nai Nai Nai.  “And...

No cliché: Camp can be a life changer

No cliché: Camp can be a life changer

LUCY GREENBAUMPublished February 7, 2022

Camp changed my life. Maybe that’s a little cliché, but for me it is entirely true. And I know the same is true for so many others who have attended or worked at summer camps throughout their lives.  Camp is a place where we are able to lean on...

Among the children in this Camp Ramot Amoona photo are two future rabbis serving the St. Louis area: Rabbi Daniel Bogard and Rabbi Jordan Gerson.

Many rabbis were launched toward clergy at Jewish summer camp

BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT Published January 23, 2022

A Jewish summer camp experience can build skills and character that last well into adulthood. For some kids, the camp experience was meaningful enough that it played a role in their decision to become a rabbi. Rabbi Daniel Bogard of Central Reform...

Books to help with kids’ summer camp anxiety

Books to help with kids’ summer camp anxiety

JENNIFER BAER, Special to the Jewish LightPublished 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 HanauPublished 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...

Summer camp

Still hunting for a summer day camp for your kids? Here are some options to consider.

By Elyse Picker, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 14, 2021

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching; with that, a longing and readiness to return to some degree of “regular” life. For many parents, that means making plans for summer camp and fortunately, St. Louis offers a multitude of options for...

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 EDITORPublished 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 EditorPublished 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....

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

Camp Sabra opening for ‘Family Getaways’ this summer

Published 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, JTAPublished 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...

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