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Safety and Unsafety at Summer Camp

New Voices Magazine, a justice-focused magazine for college-aged Jews, recently published an investigation by Julia Hegele: “How Jewish Summer Camps Are Damaging LGBTQ+ Youth.”

New Voices Magazine, a Jewish and justice-focused magazine by and for Jews ages 18-24, recently published an investigation written by Julia Hegele entitled “How Jewish Summer Camps Are Damaging LGBTQ+ Youth.” The investigation shines a light on the experiences of LGBTQ+ campers — now LGBTQ+ camp alumni — who have for decades faced exclusion, emotional conflict, pressure, and trauma at their Jewish summer camps. It includes voices from a wide range of Jewish camps — different geographic regions, Jewish denominations, and affiliations — and also offers up potential strategies for reparative work moving forward. In this episode of Judaism Unbound, Hegele — along with New Voices’ editor-in-chief, Rena Yehuda Newman — join Dan and Lex to discuss this investigation.

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About Judaism Unbound: Mixing their own analysis with interviews of leading thinkers, practitioners, and even “regular Jews,” Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg look to push past the bounds of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

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