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Summer Camp (Parent) Blues

By Amy Beth Starr Like many parents, for me this time of year signifies both an overwhelming sense of relief (Yesss! No more homework or projects!) and stress (What am I going to do with Roxy and Everett all summer?!?). This year has presented unique challenges for my family because I now work from home and can’t…

Camp Directory 2018

Day Camps   BB DAY CAMP PORTLAND Located at Congregation Beth Israel 1972 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97210 503-496-7447 bbcamp.org/portland Located at Congregation Beth Israel in Northwest Portland, BB Day Camp offers a warm and welcoming camp experience filled with art, dance, water play, martial arts, gymnastics, music, Jewish enrichment, and Shabbat celebrations for campers…

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Jewish camps are thriving

PHOTO: While visiting camps and meeting camp leaders in Oregon, Foundation for Jewish Camp CEO Jeremy Fingerman stopped by to see an old friend, Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, who officiated at Jeremy’s 1973 bar mitzvah in Jerusalem. Jeremy says, “I brought with me the Tanakh which Rabbi Stampfer inscribed to me as follows many years ago: ‘Presented…

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News from Camp for 2018

  MJCC adds Counselor in Training Program This summer the Mittleman Jewish Community Center Day Camp will add a Counselor in Training program for students entering seventh to ninth grade. CIT campers can sign up for one or more weeks of the CIT program, which was created to offer 21st-century skill building to teens, helping…

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BB Camp launches day camp in Portland

A new day camp in Portland this summer will combine the resources and rituals of B’nai B’rith Camp, the beautiful campus of Congregation Beth Israel and the experience of a former Stephen Wise Temple camp director. From June 25 to Aug. 17, BB Day Camp will offer eight one-week sessions of day camp for children…

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OJCYF Introduces Advocacy Workshop

On Jan. 30 the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation held its first advocacy workshop for students in 6-12th grades. Entitled Hope in Action, the session brought together 11 students to learn how to be an effective advocate for oneself and one’s community, as well as how to plan meetings with stakeholders and communicate with elected…

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Teens relish spirit and service at USY convention

PHOTO: Teens and staff from Pinwheel USY, which encompasses the Pacific Northwest region, pose for a group photo at USY International Convention 2017 in Chicago. Photo by Jo-Anne Tucker Zemlak, USCJ   Five Portland teens were among the nearly 1,000 Jewish teenagers, educators, staff and alumni who gathered in Chicago at the United Synagogue Youth…

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