Summer camp season is well underway, and we're celebrating here at Camp Kveller! The second of our photo essays on summer camps of yore takes us back to the 1930s and 1940s.
We time-travel to…eight different camps, from upstate New York (Brant Lake Camp and Surprise Lake Camp) to Maine (Camp Chickawah, Camp Lown, and Center Day Camp) to Vermont (Aloha Camp) to Maryland (Camps Airy & Louise). There's also a series of photos from the National Music Camp in Michigan. There's basketball, dances, ice cream, and lots of time at the waterfront.… >> Read More
The Chosen, the novel by Chaim Potok, was first published in 1967, and has been a staple of middle-school reading lists ever since.
It tells the story of two unlikely friends, Reuven and Danny,…who are growing up in Brooklyn during World War II and through the creation of the state of Israel. Reuven is the son of a Modern Orthodox academic; Danny is the son of a Hasidic rabbi. Reuven's father expects Reuven to be a professor but Reuven really wants to be a rabbi. Danny’s father expects… >> Read More
Andy Samberg has always been a loveable, goofy star — first on Saturday Night Live, and now on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. But as of August 2017, when his wife Joanna Newson gave birth to a baby girl,…he's also a dad. (And, may we add, a hot Jewish dad.) While promoting his latest movie, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, he spoke with the New York Times about fatherhood. Samberg, 39, said, "It’s been the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Just like a beautiful, incredible dream. It has surpassed every expectation I ever had.… >> Read More
I'm a foster parent, and I think it should be harder to adopt a child from foster care. I don't think just anyone should be allowed to adopt children, especially children who have suffered through…the trauma that comes with being separated from their parents. Parenting is hard, and foster parenting is extra hard because you have to throw yourself into loving a child, and helping a child heal, even though they may go back to their parents one day. So yes, I think it should be harder, not easier,… >> Read More
While none of novelist Dara Horn's books have been set at summer camp (yet!), her stories focus in on the American Jewish experience, from the Civil War south to suburban New Jersey. Horn’s fifth…novel, Eternal Life, released earlier this year, is about a woman named Rachel who can’t die — she was born in Roman-occupied Jerusalem and she's now living in the twenty-first century. Kveller had the opportunity to speak with Horn about her near-death experience at summer camp and why summer camp is so special for American… >> Read More