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Better Learning at Camp
Oct. 25, 2012
The Nadiv camp/synagogue experiential learning program was inaugurated at Camp Kalsman, in partnership with Temple De Hirsch Sinai, during summer 2012. Collaborating with camp faculty and unit programmers, Nadiv Director of Education Jordan Magidson was able to foster synergy and innovation among the camp educators, significantly increase interest in Shirah (group singing) among campers, and foster greater engagement in Torah study through fun, creative pursuits, such as art, drama, music, yoga, and other physical activities.

URJ Camp Kalsman was one of only six Jewish summer resident camps, selected by the Foundation for Jewish Camp, from among 155 camps in North America, for this ground-breaking initiative. Nadiv instructors are creating exciting connections between camps and schools, and are leveraging the unique skill sets and best practices for the benefit of both. Nadiv, which means "noble" or "generous" in Hebrew, expects to:

  • Build synergy and collaboration in Jewish education;
  • Strategically bring fresh and relevant content to future generations;
  • Enhance the quality of Jewish education at the participating camps with a sustainable new model;
  • Increase the use of "informal" educational techniques at the participating schools; and,
  • Create a new career path for a select group of talented educators.
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