• Two new Majors. One amazing Summer!

    At Kutz Camp, leadership development evolves and grows each year to meet the ever-changing needs and interests of our teen leaders. This summer, we’ll launch two major tracks within the Leadership Academy. One will focus on hyper-local leadership for teens engaged as aspiring leaders in their congregations, schools, and communities, and the second is a […]


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  • Introducing the #Kutz17 Songleaders!

    We’re thrilled to announce our #Kutz17 songleaders! Meet Noah and Danielle!


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  • Kutz Fellows Project Spotlight: Zoe Terner – Know Her Name

    As a Kutz Fellow, I got to spend an hour every day this past summer with twelve other dedicated Jewish teens, learning about how to go back to our local communities and engage our peers in meaningful Jewish life. Together, we came to understand the idea that you can’t tell people what they want and expect them to engage with it—you have to ask.


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  • 2016 Kutz Rewind

    Scroll up and down, click on the links, and watch our videos to relive our finest moments from 2016! Do you want to join us in 2017? Apply now! Know a teen who would love camp? Nominate them online! Want to help ensure camp for generations to come? Donate today!


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  • Healing Through Leading

    Lo alecha ham’lacha ligmor, v’lo ata ben chorim l’hibatil mimena. It is not your duty to complete the work. Not up to you to finish it. And neither are you free to desist from it. Pirkei Avot 2:21-20 Leadership is often most clearly defined and developed when dealing with challenging times and adversity. This resource was […]


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  • Coming Together Against Anti-Semitism: What Will You “Go to the Wall” For?

    by Melissa Frey There’s a program we created at URJ Kutz Camp titled, “What I Go to the Wall For.” It gives members of our community the opportunity to think about the issues and values that are most important to them and the ideals on which they will not waiver. Participants’ meaningful and diverse responses have included such important […]


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  • Returning to One Another: Five Holiday Resources for Teens

    As we prepare to celebrate the Jewish holidays, we get ready to journey through an arc of communal and personal experiences. As an educator who is fascinated by the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), I also find this month-long period an interesting dance between introversion and extroversion. We begin with Selichot, where we move into a mindset of asking for forgiveness, being introspective, and making intentional plans for returning to our best selves, or re-envisioning the best self we hope to be. Rosh Hashanah brings us together as a community, the sounds of the shofar a call to gather together, and a reminder of Sinai, as we joyfully mark the beginning of the New Year. Yom Kippur and the days leading up to it can move us into a place of solitude that might even feel uncomfortable.


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  • How I Spent My Jewish Summer

    By Deni Budman, NFTY Communications Vice President On a perfect June evening at my favorite place at Kutz Camp, the Teyatron (a covered outdoor space that overlooks and overhangs a lake), in a ceremony interwoven with Havdalah, i was installed as communications vice president for the North American board of NFTY. Surrounded by leaders of […]


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  • Avodah: Being Camp’s Eyes and Ears

    Many of the first year staff here are part of the Avodah cohort, a Hebrew word that translates to “work”. As incoming college freshmen, we work as extra eyes, ears, and hands for different specialty areas around camp such as the Tower, the Kutz Kids Club, and the kitchen.


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  • 21 Pieces of Advice From Members of the Regional Leadership Minor

    “Some leaders lead to hear themselves lead, some lead to hear their impact on others.” “Failure is okay, natural, and even good.”


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