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February 14, 2006 eNewsletter


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February 14, 2006

Dear friend,

Were you one of those many Jewish kids who grew up reveling in the unique closeness with nature, Judaism and other kids at Jewish summer camps? Or is that something very foreign to your experience?

Interfaith couples often have different ideas about what their kids should do in the summer. The new issue of's  Web Magazine looks at what the experience of kids from interfaith families is like at Jewish summer camps--from the perspective of the campers themselves, their parents, and their camp directors.


Wendy Viola picked her camp because she heard it attracted kids from diverse families, never suspecting that it would strengthen her Jewish identity along with offering her many wonderful summers. Read More

As she went from being a camper--impressed by how accepting people were when she differed from some over the topic of interdating--to a counselor, Joelle Berman discovered that the process of helping others with their religious identities strengthened her own. Read More


Having loved her own summer camp experience, Jill Simon Miskanic wanted to send her three children to the very same camp. Read More

Jodi Matson's expectations that her kids' interfaith status would not matter at camp were happily met. Read More

It was the progressive politics and special Holocaust commemoration that attracted Theo Forbath to his daughters' camp. Read More


Camp director Jordan Dale finds that focusing on joy and acceptance rather than fear and bias strengthens his campers' Jewish identities. Read More
Offering "positive Jewish experiences . . . in a fun, natural and peer-led environment" and making "a lasting impact on children's identity" is the goal of the camp Ken Kramarz has directed. Read More
Finally, Johanna Karasik now directs the welcoming and accepting BCI (Brandeis Collegiate Institute), a summer program that helped her become comfortable with her Jewish identity. Read More

Please join our online discussion  on the topic: Is sending your child to a Jewish camp "too much" of a Jewish experience for your family, or a way to strengthen his or her Jewish identity?

Coming Next

Don't miss our next issue, February 28, on Teaching Jewish Values to Your Children

Warm regards,


          Ronnie Friedland, Editor

Write for Us!

We're looking for writer for our Babies issue on topics such as: Having a positive bris experience, choosing a religion for your child, or telling your parents about the religion you chose for your child. If you want to write on any of these topics, please send an email to

Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

The 92nd Street Y Camps offer exciting summer programs for children of all ages, interests and needs. The welcoming, inclusive environment recognized the uniqueness of each memeber and values their part in our overall camp community. Our flagship program is Camp Yomi, a traditional day camp for 5-9 year olds. Campers participate in swimming, sports, arts, nature, Jewish culture, ropes course and more!


Network News

Take Our New Passover/Easter Survey

Easter Sunday falls in the middle of Passover this year. Take our second annual Passover/Easter Survey to tell us if that will change how you celebrate the holidays--and be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate. Click on the Take Our Survey button to participate.

Tell Us Your Story about Rabbinic Officiation

Does having a rabbi officiate at an intermarriage have any impact on a couple's involvement in Jewish life? Share your experience looking for a rabbi to officiate, or co-officiate, at your wedding, and the impact on you--and be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate. Click on the Tell Us Your Story button to participate.

We're Hiring! is fortunate to have funding to grow. We have two openings, for an Online Managing Editor and a Community Connections Coordinator. Click here to see the job descriptions--and please pass them on to your networks.

Media Coverage

Read our essay in the New Jersey Jewish News, The Next Big Thing is Now: Outreach to the Intermarried, and our letter to the editor of the New York Jewish Week, objecting to a Mean-Spirited Approach. was also featured in the Winter 2006 issue of Essence magazine, published in Israel by  Ha'aretz .

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