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News + Thanks from Ben + Lauren

Dear Camp Tevya family of parents, alumni, staff, donors, and friends, Jonathan Cohen, President of the Cohen Camps, recently announced some exciting Cohen Camps leadership changes, effective in early January: We—Tevya Director Ben Portnoy and Tevya Assistant Director Lauren Fishman—will each step up into new roles. Full details are here. Ben, currently Director of Tevya, […]

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Ways to Help in Israel

Dear Cohen Camps family, Our hearts and minds continue to be focused on Israel. We are in touch with many of our Shlichim (Israeli counselors) from over the years, as well as adult staff, and families who send their campers to camp. Our Israelis appreciate all the messages they have received on social media and […]

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A Message About Israel

Dear Cohen Camps family, Absorbing the news from Israel has been difficult for all of us. The Cohen Camps has a long history of connection to the State of Israel through our programs, staff, and campers. The Jewish homeland has been a key part of who we are since our founding by my grandparents 90 […]

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Tevya | Summer 2023 – Week 7

Dear Tevya families, If you’ve been following along with our newsletters the past few summers, or even if this is your first summer, you may have noticed the letters follow a similar format from week to week. We’ll begin with a more abstract yet meaningful intro, followed by an overview of Camp Activities from the […]

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Lasts that Last | Week 7

Dear Pembroke families, Six weeks. We’ve blinked and they’ve passed, without warning, without a chance to hit the pause button, and now suddenly we’re here, experiencing what we can only describe as the week of “lasts”. Each Friday afternoon, I grab my coffee, my computer and find a quiet place to sit, reflect and look […]

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Tevya | Summer 2023 – Week 6

Dear Tevya families, Our campers learn many life-lessons at Tevya. Throughout Color War, our campers have the opportunity to practice both being resilient and what it means to be a true friend during healthy competition. For our oldest campers, Birya and Tel Chai, Color War can be extra stressful. It is hard to hear the […]

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Core Camp Memories | Week 6

Aaaaaaaand…exhale. What. A. Week. Finding the words to properly encapsulate the last seven days is nearly impossible. We spent most of this week feeling overwhelming awe and gratitude and so much of that is in part to the incredible campers and staff we have the fortune of spending our summers with. Bottom line: your kids […]

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Tevya | Summer 2023 – Week 5

Dear Tevya families, At camp, time doesn’t seem to matter, until it really does matter. The end of last week was one of those moments where time at camp really matters and comes into focus. Saturday was our First Session Banquet, and on Sunday, we said goodbye to our First Session campers and welcomed in […]

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Tevya | Summer 2023 – Week 4

Dear Tevya families, It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flown by during this session, and we can’t help but feel a mix of excitement and nostalgia as we approach the final day. It feels like just yesterday we were welcoming our campers with open arms, and now we find ourselves cherishing every moment […]

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Kadima 2023 | Finding One’s Shine

Each week the Cohen Camps Kadima Teen Leadership curriculum—our redesigned CIT program which develops future Jewish community leaders—explores 21st Century leadership and social emotional themes along with camper care skills. Finding one’s shine. How beautiful and seemingly simple. Something I keep thinking about is how our Kadima Coordinators and Leaders are creating a culture of […]

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