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Or Ami Delegation Energizes Camp Newman

One Shabbat each session, Michelle and I invite all of our Or Ami campers and staff to a “study session” (a.k.a. junk food party). It is one of our highlights of the summer to hear the campers kvell about their camp experience.

They eat some junk food. They talk loudly. They eat more junk food. They talk more loudly. They each participant shares their most exciting moments at camp. They eat even more junk food.

It is amazing to watch these campers, some nervous on the first days, warm up to camp. They love it.

It is also incredible to notice how many Or Ami faculty and intern alumni are now part of the Camp’s senior staff. Rabbinic Intern Sara Mason Barkin (former Mishpacha Coordinator) and Rabbinic Intern Jordana Chernow-Reader (former Mishpacha Faculty member) are co-Directors of Education. Their husbands also work at camp: Josh Barkin, former Education Intern, is on faculty while Luke Reader, Mishpacha faculty member, is a Rosh (unit head). Jake Singer-Belin, former Mishpacha faculty member, is Rosh Tefillah (in charge of ritual life at camp). Fisch (Jonathan Rothstein-Fisch) is CIT Director. A week before we arrived, Rachel (Isaacson) Margolis, former Mishpacha Coordinator, served on faculty.

Camp Newman is one of the most creative Jewish learning and living places in America today. As so many Or Ami interns and faculty come from Camp Newman, that bodes very well for the continued creative life of our Congregation Or Ami community.


  1. Rachel says:

    Rabbi Kipnes
    It was SO good working with you on that one service this summer. It was the Kesher shabbat morning service in the Beit Am and I was your songleader [Rachel Wolman] I hope that you are planning on coming back next summer and that we get to work together again! Hope your year is going well.

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