• 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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  • The Psychosocial Moratorium of Camp

    The URJ Kutz Camp’s motto is “welcome home”. The phrase can be found written all over the place and staff greet participants on opening day by joyfully repeating it. The sentiment is very sweet: even if you’ve never set foot on this site, you belong, you matter, you are here for a reason. This summer, it was my turn to use the phrase.


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  • Shabbat Korach

    As our first Shabbat draws near, I am inspired by the community that our teens, staff, and faculty have worked to build this week. One of the real beauties of this place is that each summer the community works to define itself, to foster an environment that welcomes every individual into it, and celebrates the unique talents and gifts of every person here.


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  • Battle of the Bunks

    Last night at the Kutz Camp, we celebrated the first full day that participants spent immersed in Kutz culture with a ‘Battle of the Bunks’ showdown! The dedicated Kutz program team and I spend all day gathering our supplies; we could tell by the reactions of other staff members when we asked for vaseline, hula hoops, cotton balls, and Oreos that tonight our campers would be in for a treat.


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  • Day 2 – And so it Begins

    Kutz Camp Opening Day was yesterday, and what a whirlwind day it was. I can hardly remember most of it. And now, we are on to Day 2. Opening Day is by nature is very structured; there is a certain process that every participant must go through, and in a very specific order. It does not resemble a typical day at Kutz Camp at all.


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  • How do you measure a year?

    As we concluded our incredible 51st summer, we were eager to bring the best of Kutz into our NFTY regions, URJ congregations, and your local communities. It’s been an incredible arc of time as we’ve now moved into our 52nd summer of Jewish camp.


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  • Welcome Josh Satok, URJ Kutz Camp Senior Assistant Director

    Following an extensive search process, I am delighted to share that Josh Satok will join our professional team as Senior Assistant Director. You’ll see from Josh’s bio below that he has a rich history of Jewish camping coupled with an impressive education and work history which will help us elevate all aspects of our camp mission and vision.


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