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Jewish Summer Camps

Group of field trip students with their teacher smiling - outdoor

STATISTICS SHOW THAT the Jewish summer camp experience has a tremendous effect on children and their Jewish identity. The impact of Jewish camp is immediate. When I returned from camp I encouraged my mother to start lighting Shabbat candles – something we didn’t do as a rule. As it is written on the website,, “It has been shown that ... Read More »


FOR MORE THAN 30 years, people have spent millions of dollars on self-help books advising readers how to have good relationships. In his new book, “The Joy of Intimacy,” Rabbi Manis Freidman also addresses the subject by focusing on our longing and need for intimacy. His first book, “Doesn’t Anybody Blush Anymore?” published in 1990, was widely praised by the ... Read More »

Channukah is early

Candles lit for the eighth night of Hanukkah

Hanukkah comes early this year. Well, actually it doesn’t.  It is always on the 25th of Kislev—it just seems early on the solar calendar. A few years ago it was even earlier. Remember Thanksgivukkah? Whatever the date, it is when Jews all over the world light a Hanukkah menorah (a hanukkiah) to commemorate the Maccabean revolt and the rededication of ... Read More »

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