Making Shabbat: Celebrating and Learning at American Jewish Summer Camps

Making Shabbat: Celebrating and Learning at American Jewish Summer Camps

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Author/Contributor(s): Reimer, Joseph
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Date: 08/18/2022
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
An accessible and engaging treatment of the experience of Jewish summer camps.

This book tells the story of how Jewish camps have emerged as creators of positive spiritual experiences for Jewish youth in North America. When Jewish camps began at the dawn of the twentieth century, their leaders had little interest in creating Jewish spiritual experiences for their campers. Yet over the course of the past century, Jewish camps have gradually moved into providing primal Jewish experiences that diverse campers can enjoy, parents appreciate, and alumni fondly recall. Making Shabbat Real explores how Shabbat at camp became the focal point for these primal Jewish experiences, providing an interesting perspective on changing approaches to Jewish education and identity in North America.