• Sitting Down With Julie Lerner

    This past week we had the chance to sit down with Julie Lerner for a short interview. Julie Lerner is the newly appointed Executive Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism, assigned with bringing continuity to all the efforts our movement produces to move as a more autonomous body. Wednesday was the first time Julie had ever been to the URJ Kutz Camp and we wanted to capture her first impressions.


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  • You Have To Be Present To Win

    There is a story in author Rachel Naomi Remen’s book Kitchen Table Wisdom. It is about a group of doctors who decided they wanted to learn something non-scientific and medical. So they decided to organize a workshop and asked Joseph Campbell, a prominent mythologist and writer, to teach them about the spiritual world their patients inhabited. Campbell began by showing the doctors pictures of sacred images: paintings, statues, pottery, tapestries, and stained glass from cultures throughout the world.


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  • Sitting Down With Alan Goodis

    Over the past week, Alan has joined out Kutz community as a Faculty teacher for our new Songleading Immersive and Master Classes. Before his concert, I had the chance to sit down and ask him a few questions.


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  • How Kutz Prepared Me for a Summer on Staff at Jacobs Camp

    Since the summer of 2013, I have attended two different URJ summer camps that have helped me grow into the person I am today. Those camps are URJ Jacobs Camp in Utica MS, and the URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick NY. In 2016, I had my last year as a camper at Jacobs, so I […]


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  • A Summer Of Strength, Happiness, and Saying Yes

    Two of this summer’s participants, Haley Stav and Ava Edelman, sat down together to recount their first day of camp after meeting and becoming fast friends at the airport. Haley is a returning camper, and this is Ava’s first summer at Kutz.


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  • Becoming Who I Aspire To Be

    Three years ago I took my first steps into high school. I was just one of thousands of teens coming into an experience with no prior knowledge. I was confused, overwhelmed, and did not know what I was in for. A short time later I departed for Israel, just one in a group of over 60 kids where again I did not know many people or have many expectations.


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  • Finding New Beginnings The Eleventh Time Around

    I held on to being a camper for as long as I possibly could. This will be my eleventh consecutive summer at camp, the first eight at URJ Camp Kalsman and the next three at the URJ Kutz Camp. This year will be my first on staff — a bittersweet reminder that my childhood and years as a camper are quickly coming to a close.


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  • How Kutz Camp Will Make Your Teens Stronger Leaders

    Our director, Melissa Frey, was recently featured in the URJ's Inside Leadership newsletter, writing about how Kutz makes teens stronger leaders, and highlighting the unique and exciting new partnerships at camp this summer.


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  • Reflecting on Parkland, from a Brit in Jerusalem

    It was the gasp heard “around the world.” This past weekend, I sat in a room with eight students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and 50 members of Netzer Olami, the global progressive youth movement, at their annual gathering. When the Parkland students shared that there are nearly 100 deaths a day in America due to gun violence, the gasps of shock in the room were clearly audible.


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  • Discovering the Best Version of Myself

    I found God in the front right corner of the Teatron at the URJ Kutz Camp. I met my best friend in the dance studio on the bottom floor of the art building. I had my passion for feminism ignited on a cloudy day while sitting in Pagoda Jacob.


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