• 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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  • Words of Torah Shine Brightly this Hanukkah Season

    I close the door, turn off the lights, and run straight to my bed. Quickly, I climb up, and cocoon myself under the covers. I try to go to sleep, but I can’t. I am haunted by what I do not know, what I cannot properly understand.


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  • 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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