• 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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  • Shabbat Chukat

    As we prepare for our second Shabbat of the summer, I am struck by the array of experiences we shared this week as a community. Sunday evening, we enjoyed our Beit Midrash “House of Study” program, learning from a variety of inspiring Jewish educators, about all aspects of Israel.


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  • NFTY-SO at Mechina

    Last year I attended the URJ Kutz Camp, and it was the experience I wanted and then some. But attending my first Mechina this year, I didn't know what to expect. Mechina is the event at which regional boards from all NFTY regions gather to share and learn from each other. I felt a little intimidated to be around other regional board members from across NFTY.


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  • The North-South Gradient of My Jewish Identity

    Growing up in the Deep South-Baton Rouge, Lousiana, my identifier of Jewish felt like an othering statement. More often than not, I was the first Jewish person my peers had met. I had other Jewish friends and a small but strong Jewish congregation. But it wasn’t until my URJ Summer camping experience that I learned what it truly felt like to not be an other and to be genuinely welcomed and accepted into a community that understood me for my Jewish identity.


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