Camps Butwin & Olami To Close For 2020

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After keeping the door of hope for camp this summer open a sliver, the camps of the two Jewish Community Centers in the Twin Cities have closed it. Allie Greenstein and Ben Savin, the directors of Camp Olami and Camp Butwin, emailed camp families Friday afternoon to break the news. Greenstein said that they had […]

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Camp Ramah In Wisconsin Announces Closure For 2020

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While Camp Ramah in Wisconsin was holding out hope that it may have summer programming by delaying the start of camp, ultimately the challenges caused by COVID-19 were too much to overcome. In a video posted Wednesday evening, Executive Director Jacob Cytryn announced that both Ramah’s overnight camp in Conover, Wisc., and day camp in […]

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Escaping The Abuse Of My Past

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My entire childhood is bound within six albums, they’re stacked full of certificates, letters I’ve written to the newspaper. They chronicle smiling photos of my late grandparents, they follow my life from birth to dance to the adventures my father and I used to take together on long trips. They document a loving relationship between […]

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Watch TC Jewfolk’s ‘Campfire Conversation’

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In this live streaming conversation, Lev Gringauz of “The Jews Are Tired” podcast and Lonny Goldsmith, Editor of TC Jewfolk, “sit down” with directors from Camp Butwin, Camp Olami, Herzl Camp, Camp TEKO, Camp Ramah, and OSRUI. The goals for this conversation are for attendees (and organizers) to gain closure and to create a more […]

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Keeping The Dream Alive As We Close The Doors (For Now…)

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In June 1946, Herzl Camp proudly opened its doors to Jewish children for the very first time. Now, 75 summers later, Herzl Camp will be empty. For the first summer ever, our children will miss out on the learning, playing, bonding, growing and shtick that magically happens at camp. No Shabbat caravans or song sessions, […]

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An Open Letter To My Students

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Maybe my connection to Judaism isn’t diminishing, just changing. But when everything is in such a state of tumult, I’m not sure I want that change.

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JCCs Quickly Adapting To Virtual Programming

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As the two Twin Cities JCCs closed their doors in mid-March due to the coronavirus, programmers at the two buildings realized that there was no playbook in place for how to continue programming for the thousands of people – from early childhood to seniors – that step foot in the buildings every day for meaningful […]

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Determining Our Own Reunification Rituals

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The more observant or clergy-identifying folks in our readership are about to roll their eyes hard, but it is truly incredible how often the Torah and its wise guidance match up with our current events. This week’s parsha is Tazria-Metzora. It’s actually the only portion that I feel vaguely qualified to analyze and discuss publicly […]

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