Category: Judaism + Shabbat

Dor L’Dor ’24 | Week 2 | Shabbat Shalom from Gibraltar

Shabbat Shalom from Gibraltar! After spending our first Shabbat in Porto, we left Sunday morning for a long bus ride to Covilha with a few stops on the way. Our first stop was in the Portuguese border town of Vilar Formoso, where we visited the Fronteira da Paz (Frontier of Peace) memorial. This museum, housed […]

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Dor L’Dor ’24 | Week 1 | One Dor L’Dor

Shabbat Shalom from Portugal! It was just a few days ago that we arrived in Portugal excited and nervous, three different camps on two different planes. And here we are now, celebrating the first Shabbat of DLD 2024! Each day, as we explored Portugal with activities in Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto, we could feel the […]

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Tel Noar boys smile while at services

The 10 Commitments

BY JONATHAN COHEN,THIRD-GENERATION PRESIDENT, THE COHEN CAMPS I’m often asked what makes the Cohen Camps “Jewish” and how we differentiate our camps from other Jewish camps. There is no simple, quick answer – it’s more than just being Kosher, observing Shabbat and reciting blessings before and after meals. We have a set of values that […]

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Group of boys with arms around each other

Our Jewish Values – Commitments #6 to #10 Explained

BY JONATHAN COHEN,THIRD-GENERATION PRESIDENT, THE COHEN CAMPS In articulating our Jewish purpose in the manner of our 10 Commitments we have created a language that helps focus and guide us through the rhythms of planning and running our camps. In my previous posts I explained in general the core values that make our camps – […]

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Tel Noar campers walk through the Shabbat gateway

Our Jewish Values – Commitments #1 to #5 Explained

BY JONATHAN COHEN,THIRD-GENERATION PRESIDENT, THE COHEN CAMPS We have always considered our camps (Pembroke, Tel Noar and Tevya) to be involved in the informal Jewish education business (shh, don’t tell the campers). This began with my grandparents, Eli and Bessie, who believed that Jewish education in all of its forms was an important means to […]

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Large group of campers and staff outside singing

Ideas for Jewish Youth Professionals: Six Strategies to Help Families Find the Right Camp for Their Children

If you work with children and families in Jewish settings – whether a synagogue, a Hebrew school or a youth group – you know that families depend on you for expertise. At this time of year, family talk turns to summer camps: Where should we go? Why should we consider a Jewish camp? How should […]

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