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Notes from Noah!

My wife, Lauren, wears a JCC Ranch Camp vest just about every day, and everywhere she goes, people are eager to share their connection to camp with her. Upon finding out that we just moved to Denver with our two-year-old twins, these conversations are usually followed by sincere offers of help and support. Our social… Read more

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Ranch Camp Little Outdoor Libraries

Written By Gina McReynolds; Assistant Director, JCC Ranch Camp My greatest hobby (and addiction!) was developed at the age of seven in Ms. Fitch’s first grade class…..reading!  After being awarded 2nd place in the first grade year-long reading contest (losing to Neal P. who out-read me by 3 books for a total of 266 books!)… Read more

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Miriam & Gilad’s Farewell Blog

On a fateful July day in 2007, while Gilad and I were serving as Corral Managers for Ranch Camp, the camp director at the time approached us as we were unloading hay into the barn and asked us if we would be interested in taking over the directorship of camp. The thought had never crossed… Read more

Shabbat Blog 7/31

In this week’s Torah portion, Va’etchanan, Moses pleads with G-d, to allow him to enter into the promised land. Although G-d refuses to let Moses enter, he does allows him to climb a mountain in order to see the land from afar. G-d also gives a friendly reminder to Moses that he needs to train… Read more

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Shabbat Blog 7/24

In this week’s Torah portion, D’varim, Moses begins to give his final address to the Israelites in which he recounts important events that happened to them while wandering in the desert. During this address, Moses gives the people a lot of advice including the following, “…Hear out your fellow men, and decide justly between any… Read more

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Shabbat Blog 7/10

In this week’s Torah portion, Pinchas, a man named Zelophehad who has five daughters and no sons passes away. The daughters approach Moses and the rest of the Israelites because according to the laws of the time, they are unable to inherit their father’s land and they feel this is unfair. Moses considers their request… Read more

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Shabbat Blog 7/3

“The earth does not belong to you, rather you are given to it. You must respect it as holy ground and view every creature as a creation of G-d…Therefore every creature should be reflected in your soul, your heart should resonate with every cry of distress and with every shout of glee…”  (Rabbi Samson Raphael… Read more

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Shabbat Blog 6/26

C.S. Lewis once said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” In this week’s Torah portion, Chukat, G-d commands Moses to take his staff and order a rock to yield water for the thirsty Israelites. Instead, Moses strikes the rock. As a result, G-d punishes Moses severely by denying… Read more

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Shabbat Blog 6/19

According to Jewish teaching, honor is due to each and every human being, not because of what they have achieved, but because they are a human soul. In this week’s Torah portion, Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32), Korach and a few followers create a rebellion against Moses. Although this dissent is very public and not done with tact, Moses… Read more

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Shabbat Blog 6/12

Shabbat Shalom from Ranch Camp! Each Friday during our summer season, I will be sending you, our Ranch Camp families, a Shabbat message with some thoughts on camp, our values, and the weekly Torah portion. I hope you will enjoy these short entries and that they help you to deepen your understanding of and appreciation… Read more

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