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The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism reported that in 2003, 412 Israeli children attended that movement’s summer camp program. asp (September 2003). 61. On Eliot’s quote, see Sarna, “Crucial Decade of Camping,” in the present text. The quote is attributed to Gerson D. Cohen, the late chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary (in an interview taped by Shuly Rubin Schwartz). See Joselit, “Jewish Way of Play,” note 1, p. 15. On the coalescence of Jewish and American culture, see Sylvia Barack Fishman, Jewish Life and American Culture (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000), and especially Fishman, Negotiating Both Sides of the Hyphen: Coalescence, Compartmentalization, and American-Jewish Values (Cincinnati, OH: Judaic Studies Program University of Cincinnati, 1996).
Chabad Camp Emunah was established in the early 1950s. The National Conference of Synagogue Youth also sponsors camps. 58. See Sarna, “Crucial Decade of Camping,” in the present text. For information on the beginnings of Conservative Judaism’s Ramah camps, which were also established during this decade, see Burton I. Cohen, “A Brief History of the Ramah Movement,” Jewish Camping and the Organized Camping Movement 25 in The Ramah Experience: Community and Commitment, ed. Sylvia Ettenberg and Geraldine Rosen¤eld (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary/The National Ramah Commission, 1989), 3–18; Shuly Rubin Schwartz, “Camp Ramah: The Early Years, 1947– 1952,” Conservative Judaism 40 (Fall 1987): 12–41; and Michael Brown, “It’s Off to Camp We Go: Ramah, LTF and the Seminary in the Finkelstein Era,” in Tradition Renewed: A History of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, ed.
From such simple pioneering undertakings developed rather soon the need for a permanent director. (Rabbi Herman Schaalman, June 13, 2000) Once the property on Lac La Belle was acquired, the physical plant required a lot of repair and cleaning which, along with the actual designing and construction of the ¤rst camp chapel, was largely undertaken by the rabbinic faculty and the staff. Camp life as we knew it in the early years had a very intimate feeling. The summer day revolved around the porches of the big house (Bayit), where, in between discussion groups, ping-pong games and impromptu song sessions seemed to always be going on.
A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping (Judaic Studies Series) by Michael M. Lorge, Gary P. Zola