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A special PJA graduation

Photo: PJA students arrive for a socially distant graduation. Portland Jewish Academy held a lovely socially distant graduation for their kindergarteners on Sunday, June 14 in the PJA parking lot. Everyone gathered in a circle with family groups standing six feet apart in designated spots. Each kindergartener, one at a time, stood on a cloud…

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A gap year alternative in Portland

PHOTO: The Tivnu cohort from 2017. The Tivnu Gap Year is nine months of hands-on Jewish social justice engagement. Participants create a community living together, discovering the Pacific Northwest, and exploring the bond between Jewish life and social justice while working with Portland’s cutting-edge grassroots organizations. Tivnu usually has 9-10 participants for their gap year…

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B’nai B’rith Camp to receive emergency matching grant funds from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Summer camp, like many institutions, is in jeopardy this summer. Camp directors and their boards are busily working to develop contingency plans to reopen in accordance with national and state health guidelines. To assist camps during this unprecedented time, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation has created the All Together Now matching grant to offer access to a…

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Keep baby busy this Passover

Photo: Tinkle Crinkle Caterpillar by Baby GUND The Passover seder is the most widely practiced Jewish ritual in modern society, but kids don’t always make it through the seder. Caring for infants and newborns can be frustrating for parents who are participating in the ritual. And this year may be extra challenging without extra hands…

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Camp Kesher – making Judaism fun for kids

Photo: Camp Kesher’s 2019 campers. Camp Kesher is the newest overnight camp serving Jewish kids in Oregon and Washington. Its first week-long camp was held in 2019 at a lodge on Mount Hood. This year the 12-day camp will be located at Camp Lacamas near Lake Lacamas in Camas, WA. “This place is better for…

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Camp Directory 2020

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

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JCamp 180’s Camp Legacy Initiative

Photo: JCamp 180’s annual conference draws hundreds of camp professionals. JCamp 180 is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and was created to ensure affiliated Jewish camps thrive and endure. Through grants, mentoring, and professional development programs as well as an annual conference, they build the capacity of Jewish camps to operate more effectively…

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Instill a love for Jewish camp early with PJ Library Family Camp

An appreciation for family reading and Jewish children’s literature has led several communities to combine the benefits of Jewish family camp together with the PJ Library program. The resulting initiative, PJ Library Family Camp, offers families with young children a unique all-inclusive weekend adventure. Family camp combines the benefits of togetherness and structured activity with…

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