The Jewish Advocate: Jewish arts thrive at summer camps

Originally published in The Jewish Advocate.

NORTHWOOD, N.H. – Nearly 150 campers from seven area camps gathered at Camp Yavneh last week for the annual Jewish Arts Festival. The event, which rotates among participating camps each year, brought together performers from Yavneh, JCC Camp Kingswood in Bridgton, Maine, Camp Young Judaea in Amherst, N.H., Camp Tevya in Brook-line, N.H., Camp Pembroke in Pembroke, Mass., Camp Tel Noar in Hampstead, N.H., and Camp Ramah in Palmer, Mass.

The festival was founded in 1980, the brainchild of George Marcus, then the executive director of the Cohen Camps, and Charles Rotman and Paul Abrahamson of Camp Young Judaea. “We were talking in the off-season about how to motivate the Jewish part of our program,” remembered Marcus, “and this is what we came up with.”  Continue reading

The Jewish Advocate: Camps to review hiring process following arrest

Originally published in The Jewish Advocate.

Jewish camps in New England are examining their hiring procedures following a recent incident at Camp Young Judaea. Although most camps operate background checks on all employees, at least one director stressed the importance of tightening up their hiring processes.

Last week, an employee of Camp Young Judaea in Amherst, N.H., appeared in district court on charges concerning pictures that he allegedly created by digitally altering nude photographs. The employee will appear before a grand jury in superior court later this month.  Continue reading