Incoming Shaliach

Incoming Shaliach

My name is Ori Zeevi and I’m 23 years old from Tel-Aviv, Israel. For the past three summers, I worked at URJ Eisner Camp as a  Shaliach, counselor, and a unit head. It is funny but at camp far away from the Jewish country I grew up in, I found my Jewish identity...
Lech Lecha: Three Moments of Blessing

Lech Lecha: Three Moments of Blessing

By Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch, Assistant Director In this week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha, God instructs Abram (later to be known as Abraham) with the title words of this parasha: “Go forth – lech lecha – from your land, your birthplace, your father’s house, to the land I...
Noach: The Power of a Rainbow

Noach: The Power of a Rainbow

by Rabbi Liz P.G Hirsch, Assistant Director Rainbows are a universal symbol, inspiring joy and awe whenever and wherever we see them. As we learn in this week’s Torah portion, Noach, rainbows are an ancient symbol of covenant, relationship and peace. After nearly...
B’reishit: Back to the Beginning

B’reishit: Back to the Beginning

by Rabbi Liz Hirsch, Assistant Director The Zohar, the central work of Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah), makes a simple, elegant statement about this week’s Torah portion, B’reishit: “God looked into the Torah and created the world.” B’reishit, the first portion of the...
Jewish Life Weekly Update – Maccabiah and More

Jewish Life Weekly Update – Maccabiah and More

Sports competitions, cheers, songs, art and skits are all part of the camp-wide Maccabiah games that happened this week, but so is Jewish learning. This year each of the teams was given part of this text from Pirkei Avot 4:1: Ben Zoma said: Who is wise? One who learns...