• 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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  • Yaya Is Their Name, Gender Is Their Game

    "So before we start, let's all go around the room and say names, pronouns, and... if you had to replace your legs with something, what would it be?" My name is Yaya, my pronouns are they/them, and I would replace my legs with a mermaid tail.


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  • Summer Camp is my Summer Internship

    As April ended and my fellow graduating friends got “big girl jobs”, my plans had been set to return to camp as the Kutz Kids Club manager. When people typically think of a job at summer camp, it is one that is just for fun and is given up for various internship requirements. For me, it is quite the opposite.


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  • My Journey for Independence

    Hi! My name is Ben Sidlofsky.  I am a participant here at Kutz Camp. I am also on the autism spectrum. In elementary and middle school, I would take special classes and be in special programs in which I was treated differently than the rest of the students that went to my school. 


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  • Kutz Goes Big for Canada Day

    Canada: my home and native land. Many of my friends know that I am a dual citizen (American and Canadian), but Canada has always been my true home. I’m Canadian on my mum’s side, so all of our family still lives in London, Ontario. This was the first year in a decade that I haven’t gone home for holidays.


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  • L’dor Vador: How Kutz Helps Us Find Our Voices

    It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 10 years since I drove onto Bowen Road and arrived here at Kutz for the first time as a participant in the songleading major in summer 2007. It simultaneously feels like yesterday and also as if it were a lifetime ago.


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  • Not What I Expected

    When I first decided to come to Kutz Camp, the decision didn't take me very long.  My thought process was this: I was a decent guitar player coming off my last summer at a camp I had gone to for years, and had aspirations of being a songleader.


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  • Tired and Content: Building a New Home

    Last year as I prepared to leave URJ Camp Harlam for what seemed to be my last summer on staff (and still does), I wrote a blog post like this one. In that post I looked back on 15 years of my life, 16 if I choose to include the summer during which I traveled to Israel with my Camp Harlam family.


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  • Entering NFTY Headquarters

    Both Lara and I came to Kutz not knowing what to expect. I’m from Kensington, Maryland and will be my temple youth group (TYG) President in the coming year. Even though I’m very involved in my TYG, KESTY, I am not overly involved in NFTY-MAR. Lara’s story is quite different.


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  • Traditions Converge During Mechina

    Earlier this year, I was elected to serve as NFTY’s 2017-18 North American Religious and Cultural Vice President. This gives me the privilege of being able to connect each NFTY region to help foster meaningful Judaism and spirituality. As Mechina approached, I came to understand religion and culture look different for each region.


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