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The historical past of academic summer time camps in American Reform Judaism. Reform Judaism isn't the simply spiritual group in the United States to make the summer season camp adventure an essential component of a religion community's attempt to impart its values and ideology to its young people, yet might be no crew relied extra on summer season camp as an accessory to domestic and neighborhood for this function. summer season camp turned a big a part of Reform workforce id, a bulwark opposed to the charm of assimilation into the better society and mere nominal Judaism.

These essays, which commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the 1st Reform Jewish academic camp within the usa (Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute [OSRUI], in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin) conceal quite a lot of subject matters regarding either the Reform Judaism stream and the improvement of the Reform Jewish camping out process within the usa. Donald M. Splansky’s bankruptcy on “Prayer at Reform Jewish Camps” records alterations in prayer companies that came about either at OSRUI and within the Reform circulate normally; Michael Zeldin’s “Making the Magic in Reform Jewish summer time Camps” describes the tutorial philosophies hired at many camps and analyzes their effectiveness; and Jonathan D. Sarna’s “The the most important Decade in Jewish camping out” explains how social, political, and cultural stipulations lead the way for the Reform tenting movement.

Contributors: Judah M. Cohen, Rabbi Hillel Gamoran, Michael M. Lorge, Jonathan D. Sarna, Rabbi Donald M. Splansky, Michael Zeldin, Gary P. Zola

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