• Creating Kehilah Kedoshah Where We Are

    You’ve probably read the dozens of testimonies about how Kutz Camp turned alumni into better community members, leaders, friends, and Jews. The most beautiful part of Kutz in my eyes-- frustratingly overlooked by many in their mournings over camp’s closing -- is its long-standing inclusion program for teens on the Autism Spectrum: The Gibush Program.


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  • The Letter That Changed My Life Was Written When I Was 2 Years Old

    A year ago, I had no intention of spending four weeks of my summer away from home. When I was younger, I attended overnight camp and absolutely HATED it, and after that experience, I was determined to never spend a summer away from Arizona again. But then, a little less than a year ago, I was elected to become the next president of NFTY Southwest, and everything changed. Hours after my installation, I was sitting next to my predecessor, looking through a binder that had been passed down to regional presidents since 2003, when I came across a letter that changed my life.


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  • Coming and Going

    This shabbat, in addition to being Shabbat Shuva, the shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur when we read a special and beautiful haftarah all about repentance and forgiveness, is also one of the last parshiyot of the year, Vayelech. I want to call our attention to one particular line from Vayelech (and there aren’t that many to choose from- at 30 psukim, Vayelech is the shortest parsha in the Torah).


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  • Renewing Our Passion Through Learning Together

    We are Lee and Lizzie. We have spent the past 3 weeks together, one as a participant in the Action and Advocacy Immersive, powered by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and one as teacher of the immersive. Actually, our relationship goes waaaay back to April when we met at NFTY-MAR’s Spring Kallah. For both of us, this meeting gave future insight into what our summer experience would be like.


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  • A Summer Of Strength, Happiness, and Saying Yes

    Two of this summer’s participants, Haley Stav and Ava Edelman, sat down together to recount their first day of camp after meeting and becoming fast friends at the airport. Haley is a returning camper, and this is Ava’s first summer at Kutz.


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  • How Kutz Camp Will Make Your Teens Stronger Leaders

    Our director, Melissa Frey, was recently featured in the URJ's Inside Leadership newsletter, writing about how Kutz makes teens stronger leaders, and highlighting the unique and exciting new partnerships at camp this summer.


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  • Discovering the Best Version of Myself

    I found God in the front right corner of the Teatron at the URJ Kutz Camp. I met my best friend in the dance studio on the bottom floor of the art building. I had my passion for feminism ignited on a cloudy day while sitting in Pagoda Jacob.


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  • Words of Torah Shine Brightly this Hanukkah Season

    I close the door, turn off the lights, and run straight to my bed. Quickly, I climb up, and cocoon myself under the covers. I try to go to sleep, but I can’t. I am haunted by what I do not know, what I cannot properly understand.


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  • 3 Ideas for Cultivating Teen Reflection and Introspection During the High Holidays

    As we slip into Elul, thoughts about the holidays are swirling in my head. I’m an educator who loves using the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as a tool to advance self-reflection, interpersonal dynamics, and building resilient teams. For me, this time of year is an especially unique dance between introversion and extroversion, moving in and out of our comfort zones with our Jewish values embracing us along the way.


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  • Coming Full Circle

    As I made the turn onto the country road that leads to URJ’s Kutz Camp, I recalled the journey over twenty-five years ago when I showed up for my first summer at URJ’s Camp Coleman. Going to Camp Coleman, I was looking forward to a summer of canoeing and camp activities, and while I loved all those experiences, in the end I was given something even greater.


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