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Israel Engagement

Loving Israel, Even When Its Government Doesn't Show Love for Jews Like Me

This summer, I have been leading the URJ Camp Harlam NFTY in Israel trip. For four weeks, I have been showing and guiding 15 and 16 year-old Americans around a country that I cherish. This is my second summer doing this job, and I am definitely not here for five-star hotels or gourmet meals. I do it because it is important to me that the kids that I am entrusted with understand the magic of this country, its complexities, and the necessity of its existence. I do the job to ensure that I can pass along what this country has given me – life lessons, happiness, and growth – to the next generation of the U.S. Jewish community. I do it out of love for Israel.Read More  ➔

Religious Education, Youth Groups

Looking Into an Overnight Camp? Why a Jewish Camp Makes Sense

There’s no denying it, summer camp is fun! It’s where many kids try new activities (wakeboarding, anyone?), eat different foods (s’mores!), and discover their passions and talents. It’s where they can make different friends, learn about themselves, and grow socially, emotionally, and physically.Read More  ➔

WHC

Pasortal Care: A Little-Known Benefit of Belonging to WHC

Pastoral care is a form of emotional and spiritual support that clergy provide to their congregants. Pastoral care is rooted in the traditions of the Jewish people and our sacred texts, and it uses resources such as prayer, study, and participation in the congregational community to help guide our congregants at moments of challenge and joy.Read More  ➔

Camp Keetov, Early Childhood, Religious School, Youth Groups

Snowy Day? Work on Summer Plans for the Kids!

Although the D.C. weather might make us believe otherwise, spring is less than 60 days away. This means that summer — with all of its sunshine, warmth, and dreams of lazy days — is right behind it.Read More  ➔

Adult Education, Worship

"She Becomes Tradition"

Each week, the Union for Reform Judaism publishes commentary on the weekly Torah portion on their website. Rabbi Eliana Fischel's "She Becomes Tradition," a  davar acher on Parashat T'rumah, will be published on this Shabbat. It draws on Naomi Shemer’s “Father’s Song” (Shiro shel Aba) and Exodus 25 as punctuation and inspiration to trace the evolution of a woman’s life from childhood to adulthood. We are delighted to share her words with you here.Read More  ➔

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