Now that camp is winding down--and back to school season is here--you've probably gotten a few letters from your kids detailing their time away from home. The memories, as you probably know, are…forever. We asked our readers to share some of the funniest letters their kids have sent home from camp--and this is what they sent us: And of course there's this very short one from Kveller writer Emily Caruso Parnell's son. Share more letters with us below. >> Read More
“Where do your children go to school?” This innocuous question is not something that gives most people pause. But in our case, I have to weigh how much I am willing to disclose.
On the surface…we seem like a very typical New York Jewish family. We have three kids. We belong to a large synagogue and have a strong network of friends and family close by. We are involved in many Jewish and communal causes and we feel fortunate to send our children to Jewish day schools and Jewish camps.… >> Read More
“They hike all over the Galilee, they explore the whole north of Israel, the kids are so nice…”
I was listening to my good friend Chani and, as usual, envying her lifestyle. Since making…aliyah a few years ago, Chani’s regaled me with tales of her family’s life in Israel that make my life in the US seem stale in comparison: While I was trudging to Costco, she was nipping down to the Dead Sea for a swim, or hiking with her kids through 3,000-year-old ruins. Now, she was… >> Read More
1984. I was a 10-year-old homebody who begrudgingly went to Jewish overnight camp with my two best friends. I have very few memories of that month up in the North Georgia mountains. I remember the…petite girl in my cabin who wore a single, studded Michael Jackson glove every day for the four weeks we were there. I remember getting stung by a wasp when I plopped down on my bed one afternoon during rest time. I remember my mom throwing away my Georgia red clay-stained clothes and shoes when… >> Read More
Up here in the Northeast, the leaves are beginning their colorful plummet to the ground, and coats are emerging from closets. It feels almost completely incongruous to be thinking about overnight…camps for summer 2017—and yet, that’s what many parents are just beginning to do. A friend, about to embark on this process, asked me whether I’d written a “questions to ask in choosing a camp for your kid” article. Well, I hadn’t. But that’s about to change. 1. To Jew Camp or Not Jew Camp?… >> Read More