By Melissa Frey, Director
As we concluded our incredible 51st summer, we were eager to bring the best of Kutz into our NFTY regions, URJ congregations, and your local communities. It’s been an incredible arc of time as we’ve now moved into our 52nd summer of Jewish camp. Some of the highlights include:
- Kutz was highlighted throughout the biennial NFTY Convention (watch here!), and as a community we were so proud to celebrate Kutz alum Joe Lichtenstein’s winning Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah Competition entry.
- It was exciting to place a unique footprint in social media every week as we brought Shabbat ShaRaps out of camp and onto your electronic devices as we rapped the entire Torah over the course of 52 weeks – the brain child of Matthew Wall and Evan Traylor.
- We’ve worked to deepen our alignment with NFTY’s programmatic priorities, and are excited to truly incubate ideas and programming this summer that will focus on racial justice, Israel, gender inclusion, environmentalism, peer-engagement, and equipping our teens with meaningful life skills through our Hagshama curriculum.
- Our staff is growing! As our planning has progressed, we’re delighted that Max Hendrix, Amy Kagan, and Evan Traylor will take on even more significant leadership roles as summer assistant directors, and that Josh Satok will join us as our full time senior assistant director!
- This summer we’ll have participants and staff from across the United States, as well as Canada, England, Scotland, Israel, Greece, and Mexico.
- We look forward to welcoming in more than 75 faculty and guest educators over the course of the session to join us in collaborative learning, praying, leadership, singing and laughter.
Hanging in the lobby of camp is a banner that shows the alignment between the mission statements of NFTY and Kutz, with colors representing the congruence between the two. It’s really a representation of our entire extended community – the URJ, NFTY, our congregations, our affiliates, the teens this summer, their families who help support them being here, our staff and faculty, and every single alum who has helped to shape this place and make this summer possible. Because, together is better. We look forward to staying in touch, and wish each of you a magical summer.