• Losing my Voice, Finding Perspective

    So I’d like to start off by saying that I’ve never actually written a blog post before. Like, ever. So I hope I’m doing it right. But I guess I’ll find out. For those of you who don’t know, I spent these past 4 weeks at URJ Kutz camp in Warwick, NY. Here I’ve spent my days from exploring my skills as a leader to self defense to even how political activism ties into late night tv.


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  • Am Yisrael – The Struggle

    At the URJ Kutz Camp, I am blessed to be in an environment in which I am constantly challenged to question my connection with Judaism and with G-d, as well as my identity as a whole. Although we all belong to klal yisrael, the greater Jewish community, it is incredible that here at camp, as in the rest of the world, we each define Judaism in different ways.


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  • Science and Faith – Not an Immovable Object Meeting an Unstoppable Force

    Although I've worked with Jewish youth in many different capacities, my actual profession is in the field of biology. I’m an ecologist. I’ve spent the past 3 years of my life researching a variety of organisms, from black-capped chickadees, to monarch butterflies, to every day goldfish.


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  • 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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