An Immigrant's Tale: How Jewish Summer Camp Became Such a Quintessential Rite of Passage for American Jews

Jewish summer camps actually began as part of a larger trend in the late 19th century to get poor kids from the inner cities out into the fresh air of the countryside and to 'Americanize' them in the process

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BOSTON – When I told friends that my 10-year-old daughter was going to be spending a month at overnight camp this summer, I got two totally different responses. Most Jewish friends melted into nostalgia for...