Summer 2022 was full of opportunities and growth. We celebrated the joy and beauty of camp and Israel experiences, infused intention and meaning in our planning and programming, and enabled campers, summer immersive participants, and staff to create communities of respect and belonging.
Summer Youth Experiences
We are now solidly in the middle of camp season and our 3,000 dedicated staff are working to ensure that our campers are enjoying the friendship, smiles, ruach (spirit), growth, and love that are all part of the camp experience, while also keeping everyone safe and healthy.
The Susan Zukrow Mackevich Seeds of Compassion Fellowship Grows Connection between Early Jewish Education and Camp
Cathy Rolland, RJE
Rachel Margolis, RJE
Sometimes an outsider’s perspective yields a beautiful question. Susan Zukrow Mackevich, whose second yahrzeit was April 27, provided that kind of perspective for us at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ), and Chicago-area early childhood Jewish educators.
Together with our URJ Medical Advisory Team, and following the guidance of CDC, Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), and American Camp Association (ACA), we have developed guidelines and protocols that preserve the camp experience, protect our camp communities, and use evidence-based best practices. We remain agile and responsive to the evolving COVID landscape, while simultaneously preparing for a meaningful and memorable summer camp experience. We are attuned both to the evidence-based protective benefits of some COVID mitigation measures AND to the operational and experiential drawbacks of others. This has been a complex and deliberate process of balancing many priorities.
My children have learned so much, and have taught me so much, about what it means to be a mensch, a good person, from their summers at Camp Harlam.