A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping by Michael M. Lorge, Gary P. Zola

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Ackerman (Beer Sheva: Ben Gurion University, 1998), 245–52; and Nancy Mykoff, “Summer Camping,” in Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, ed. Paula Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore (New York: Routledge, 1997), 1359–64. In the Klau Library at Hebrew Union College–Jewish 22 Zola Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio, there are a number of rabbinic theses on the subject of Jewish camping, including Eric J. Bram, “Toward a Systematic Approach to Training Staff for UAHC Camp-Institutes” (1985); Jeffrey S.

Many of their best male staff members were rabbinical students, who were exempt from the draft. ” Indeed, the slew of remarkable and in®uential camps that were founded between 1941 and 1952 changed the face of Jewish camping and transformed camps into important components of Jewish educational and religious life. Educators recognized this at the time. “Not long ago the summer was considered a complete liability to Jewish Education,” the editor and educator Azriel Eisenberg admitted in a June 1946 lead editorial introducing a special issue of Jewish Education devoted to summer camping.

Html. All of these works assert that the organized camping movement is a uniquely American cultural phenomenon. 8. Henry Wellington Wack’s summer camp travels were published in three separate volumes: Summer Camps—Boys and Girls (New York: Red Book Magazine, 1924); The Camping Ideal: The New Human Race (New York: Red Book Magazine, 1925); and More About Summer Camps: Training for Leisure (New York: Red Book Magazine, 1926). For the quotes cited above, see the publisher’s note in Camping Ideal, 9.

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