Families

Ninth-graders at Habonim Dror Camp Galil partake in a training exercise on setting a good example for younger campers during programming.

Camp Stories | Camps Embrace Training in #MeToo Era

Summer camp has always been an opportunity for teens to have an impactful experience during a formative period of their lives. And in the...
Campers at Camp Galil teach each other a song.

Camp Stories | How Should You Define a Counselor’s Value?

All across the country, Jewish summer camps are in full swing. Friendships are being made, color war plans are being laid and mosquitoes are...
A camper at a Jewish summer camp holds a Torah scroll surrounded by other campers

Camp Stories | After Two Synagogue Shootings, a Look at Camp Security

Safety is a top priority for many Jewish organizations, and Jewish summer camps are no exception in 2019. Staying sharp, unfortunately, is more vital than...
Mayah Dahan is lifted in a chair

Teens Gain Leadership Skills, Foster Jewish Identity Through Diller Program

For both 16-year-old Ariel Mandel Weinbaum and her 18-year-old sister, Rose, learning about Jewish communities from different countries and ethnic backgrounds — communities different...
Jonathan and Ashwinnie Tahan sit at their Jewish-Hindu wedding

The Joys and Struggles of Planning an Interfaith Wedding

By Samantha Cooper These days, when a Jew gets married, it’s likely to be to a non-Jewish partner. The famous Pew study of 2013 found...

‘The Tsar’s Drummer’ Traces Anti-Semitism Across Generations Through Smukler Family History

“Do you remember having a toy drum?” There was a moment of quiet between Joe Smukler and Aleksander “Sasha” Shmukler, then Smukler began to cry. The...
Amy Krulik loads trays of bagged lunches into a van for the Junior Maccabi Games

Managing Maccabi: Rain, Thousands of Spectators and a Torch Made From a V8 Can

It was around 7:50 a.m. on May 5 when Amy Krulik walked through the doors of the gymnasium. Wearing a light green poncho, the CEO...

Unexpected Moments From the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Chronicles

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs often are positioned as a highlight of childhood (and a bridge to adulthood), but they just as often have some...

Unaffiliated Jews Get Creative for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

There was no question that the Danskys of Livingston, New Jersey, were going to have their children Bar and Bat Mitzvahed. There was also...

Second (or Third) Time Around, the Wedding’s Different

Cynthia Silber didn’t marry Eric Key back in the 1970s — when they were college kids in love —because he wasn’t Jewish and her...