• 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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  • Leadership isn’t Just Talking the Talk

    Hello everyone, my name is Larry Jacobs. The major I am enrolled in is the Local Leadership Initiative (LLI). LLI is the only major led by three of teachers: Malcolm McElheney, Josh Squire, and Jeremy Cronig. They all get along amazingly well and each bring unique attributes of leadership to the table.


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  • Exploring Gender & Sexuality – Evening Program

    On Wednesday June 26, the Kutz Camp community gathered for another one of our evening programs – focusing on a more serious topic. That day, we were going to be exploring topics in gender and sexuality. The amazing Program Team and I worked to coordinate RAs, Avodah, and other hardworking Kutz Staff to help with this exciting evening.


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  • Why Summer Camp is a Real Job

    Have you ever come back from a long day at the office and felt exhausted? Maybe your day was full of meetings, projects that never seem to end, and a to-do list that keeps adding items. Hopefully you’re feeling fulfilled by your work, but you’re definitely tired and eager to recover so that you can do it all over again the next day.


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  • #Kutz4Community

    Nearly 75 years ago, the Jewish cemetery of Warwick was established. The cemetery has since housed over one thousand head stones, many of whom were loved ones of the Jewish community. And one day before Kol Nidre in 2016, the cemetery was vandalized. The wall was defaced with swastikas, SS guard signs, and the words “Hail Hitler”.


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  • Relationships Still The Focus At the URJ Kutz Camp

    Spending a week on Visiting Faculty at the URJ Kutz Camp, I am once again delighted by how much hasn’t changed here. The teens – who never seem to age – still want to learn and grow and revel in all we have to offer, the faculty still pushes their students to dig deeper, and the environment still buzzes with an urgency that, no matter how long the session lasts, there is never enough time to experience it all.


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  • Why We Came Back

    The leadership skills I learned last summer helped me gain the confidence to lead my region this past year. Kutz taught me how to think innovatively and to always challenge myself; my major and minor (both relating to regional leadership) gave me the tools and resources I needed to excel in my position.


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  • Political Activism Through Late Night Comedy

    Everyday at camp, we (the participants) are challenged with thinking outside of the metaphorical box, and figuring out how to implement Jewish values on our daily lives. There is no better example of this at Kutz to my knowledge than the Political Activism Through Late Night Comedy minor.


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