• 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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  • A King, A Bird and a Summer of Reaching That Never Has To End

    This story and teaching was shared at Shabbat Evening Services by Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk, one of the deans of the visiting faculty at NFTY’s Leadership program at the URJ Kutz Camp, on Friday, June 23, 2017. The story is adapted from a version published by Rabbi Karyn Kedar. The teaching that follows was specially created for the first Shabbat of the Kutz Camp community during the summer of 2017.


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  • One Night in the Roaring 20s

    This past Saturday night was our annual “Creative Imaginative Leadership” program. It is meant to be transformative and “outside of the box,” teaching the importance of imagination and innovation when writing and leading programs. This year, as program Avodah, I took charge of it.


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  • Hagshama – Movement-focused Curriculum

    The daily schedule at camp is filled with many opportunities for participants to be exposed to alternative ways of learning. One of the parts of the day includes Hagshama, which is a block of programming that occurs 4 hours a week at Kutz.


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  • The Story of Korach – a Lesson in Leadership

    This past week we read from the book of Numbers in the Torah, the story of Korach. At the beginning of this portion, Korach stands up against Moses. He is tired of Moses running things and has brought 250 supporters from the tribe of Levi to back him.


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