• Speaking Truth To A Higher Power

    Abraham. Cain. The daughters of Tzelafchad. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. All of these people have one thing in common: passion for advocating for and pursuing justice. Cain advocated to God on his own behalf for a more just punishment. Abraham stood up to god in order to prevent the destruction of an entire city. The daughters of Tzelafchad advocated for the right of women to inherit land, for themselves and for future generations.


    Continue reading
  • It’s Good To Be Home: Promoting Mental Health At Camp

    Kutz is my home. I have spent just shy of 10 summers here teaching (and learning) alongside these incredible teens and staff. Two years ago, in partnership with The Jewish Board, UJA-Federation of New York, and a great group of teens I launched a Jewish teen mental health initiative. Our goal is to support mental health, wellbeing, and resilience through learning, connections, and creativity.


    Continue reading
  • It Works When We Own It

    Melissa Frey is the Director of the URJ Kutz Camp. Following a program on owning your own story with Pam Schuller of Here.Now., she addressed our community with her reflections on failure and growth, and how the two go hand in hand.


    Continue reading
  • Seasoning with L’dor V’dor

    One of the core Jewish values I’ve always been raised with is a respect and understanding for my history. Today, I would like to share a very valuable piece of the URJ Kutz Camp history with all of you. In this blog, you will learn the recipe for the most devine condiment to be placed within the reaches of the Warwick community. From generation to generation, I present to you: The Kutz Sauce.


    Continue reading
  • Renewing Our Passion Through Learning Together

    We are Lee and Lizzie. We have spent the past 3 weeks together, one as a participant in the Action and Advocacy Immersive, powered by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and one as teacher of the immersive. Actually, our relationship goes waaaay back to April when we met at NFTY-MAR’s Spring Kallah. For both of us, this meeting gave future insight into what our summer experience would be like.


    Continue reading
  • Praying Sincerely and Singing Loudly

    For six years, I called a different camp my home. Starting when I was just 8 years old, I left my family for weeks at a time to involve myself in as much Jewish programming as I could. I grew up around my camp. I graduated elementary school and then middle school, and each year I would board the Greyhound bus that would take me to my favorite place on earth.


    Continue reading
  • An Interview With Peri Smilow

    This session we had the chance to sit down and talk with Peri Smilow, the Director of Program and Engagement for the Association of Reform Zionist of America. During her week as Kutz faculty, she had the chance to engage with teens and immerse herself in our Kutz community.


    Continue reading
  • “We Know How To Manage This Conflict”

    The first time I’ve met with this conflict was the day of my bar mitzvah. I had the opportunity to celebrate my bar mitzvah in the capital of Israel – Jerusalem. More than that, at the Western Wall. (By the way, that was the last time I felt the stones of the Western Wall, and I will not feel them until there is a respectful and equal mixed section!) But this is not the issue. The issue is what happened the way back to the bus which took me, my family and some friends to a great restaurant in the west side of Jerusalem.


    Continue reading
  • Finding The Space To Heal And Reflect At Kutz

    As I sit on the porch of my cabin, feeling the breeze pass by as the wind chime clinks, I reflect on my time at camp so far. I am often asked, “Why do you go to the URJ Kutz Camp during the summer?” by friends and congregants. It is a far away from Florida (located in Warwick, NY) and only for teens aspiring to lead or create in some way. Serving as a returning faculty member, especially this year in particular, is more than just a chance for me to teach teens directly and mentor college-aged staff.


    Continue reading
  • Kutz, You Make My Soul Sing

    I had the privilege of being Faculty at Kutz on opening day and being in a position to speak to most of the participants and families. I lost count of how many parents I met who are Kutz alumni and wanted to share their memories.  These parents, adults, and many others, myself included, for whom Kutz has had a lifelong impact have found it almost necessary over the years to share Kutz by talking about it to everyone who will listen and ultimately hoping a teen is listening and will attend.


    Continue reading