• A Gibush Ima

    When we started the URJ Kutz Camp Teen Inclusion Program (Gibush), an inclusion program that fully integrates camp participants who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I had no idea that almost three decades later, I would become the parent of one of the Gibush participants.


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  • 3 Ideas for Cultivating Teen Reflection and Introspection During the High Holidays

    As we slip into Elul, thoughts about the holidays are swirling in my head. I’m an educator who loves using the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as a tool to advance self-reflection, interpersonal dynamics, and building resilient teams. For me, this time of year is an especially unique dance between introversion and extroversion, moving in and out of our comfort zones with our Jewish values embracing us along the way.


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  • Coming Full Circle

    As I made the turn onto the country road that leads to URJ’s Kutz Camp, I recalled the journey over twenty-five years ago when I showed up for my first summer at URJ’s Camp Coleman. Going to Camp Coleman, I was looking forward to a summer of canoeing and camp activities, and while I loved all those experiences, in the end I was given something even greater.


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  • True Love Looks Like This

    Yet, leadership opportunities, job positions and young adult engagement programs have always been out of reach. So often, the self-defined “inclusive” Jewish community does not actually include people like Michael.


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  • Taking the Plunge

    My name is Chanel Shirazi and this is my first summer at The Kutz Camp. I’m a Reform Jew from New York and a proud NFTY GER alum. Surprisingly, I never had the desire to spend my summer at 46 Bowen Road.


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  • Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

    This is why I came back to Kutz and why it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The decision to come to Kutz last summer was simple and easy and because of all of the amazing things I had heard, it didn’t take much thought. This year however, it was a bit of a different situation.


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  • Losing my Voice, Finding Perspective

    So I’d like to start off by saying that I’ve never actually written a blog post before. Like, ever. So I hope I’m doing it right. But I guess I’ll find out. For those of you who don’t know, I spent these past 4 weeks at URJ Kutz camp in Warwick, NY. Here I’ve spent my days from exploring my skills as a leader to self defense to even how political activism ties into late night tv.


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  • Am Yisrael – The Struggle

    At the URJ Kutz Camp, I am blessed to be in an environment in which I am constantly challenged to question my connection with Judaism and with G-d, as well as my identity as a whole. Although we all belong to klal yisrael, the greater Jewish community, it is incredible that here at camp, as in the rest of the world, we each define Judaism in different ways.


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  • Science and Faith – Not an Immovable Object Meeting an Unstoppable Force

    Although I've worked with Jewish youth in many different capacities, my actual profession is in the field of biology. I’m an ecologist. I’ve spent the past 3 years of my life researching a variety of organisms, from black-capped chickadees, to monarch butterflies, to every day goldfish.


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  • The Absence of Academic Life

    My world is full of activity. I am constantly moving from one project to another. Though busy, I love my life and the many aspects that fill it.


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