Welcome Abby Kaufman

I am pleased to share the news that Abby Kaufman will be joining the year-round Camp Wise team as our Assistant Director of Camper and Staff Life. In this role Abby will manage staff recruitment and hiring, villages and camper care, and our Staff-in-Training (SIT) program.

The Heart And Soul Of Camp Wise

My children made friends for life at Camp Wise; they developed a new found independence and a sense of pride that they went out of their comfort zone. It mattered that they were surrounded by genuine campers and counselors who cared about them, counselors that they could laugh with and new friends to play games with, people who they learned to trust.

New Camp Wise Director Announced

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Felber as the new director of Camp Wise, our resident camp in Chardon, Ohio. Since February of this year, Rachel has been the Interim Director of Camp Wise and prior to that served as its Assistant Director for four summers.

Fridays With Felber: Clal Yisrael

This is what we do at Camp Wise each summer. And this is what we teach. Teamwork. Friendship. Empathy. Perseverance. And tonight as we head into Shabbat we are reminded that the best kept secret, the magic that keeps Camp Wise moments alive all year, is in the community we build around us.

Fridays With Felber: Welcoming Guests

This week’s Shabbat experience is facilitated by the village of Ohalim and in preparation for Shabbat, Ohalim talked about how we live this value of welcoming others at home and at camp. The campers discussed how perfect this week’s Shabbat is for Ohalim because their cabin’s tent flaps make their village open and welcoming to all, just like Abraham and Sarah’s tent once was.

Fridays With Felber: Sunday Edition

In just a few short days I’ve had the opportunity to see just how exceptional our Camp Wise community truly is. Ohalim showed me how much fun they can have when an unexpected late night turned into a song session dance party. I joined in on Noar’s closing campfire ritual and got a chance to hang out with Solel campers on the deck. In Chalutzim, I watched as campers who had arrived just two days before welcomed our special Shabbat guests from the Columbus JCC. Together with their staff, the Chalutzim campers helped teach the campers from Columbus about the ruach (spirit) of Chalutzim and Camp Wise.

Fridays With Felber: Seussical, Fireworks, & More!

On Thursday evening we gathered to watch the session’s camp play “Seussical Jr.”. As the story is told (by the Cat in the Hat) it teaches us that a strong sense of compassion, community, and friendship are necessary to overcome obstacles and that placing a high value on those principles will allow for success. As I watched our campers take to the stage I realized that not only did the actors, the set designers, and the production crew learn to care for one another, so did everyone at camp this summer

Fridays With Felber – Trips, Maccabiah, & More

For most campers, Maccabiah is one of their favorite programs that we do all summer – they’ll probably tell you because it’s always a fun surprise, a unique theme, and filled with silly games and sports competitions. But the reason that Maccabiah is one of my favorite events is because I truly see the spirit of Camp Wise come alive!

Fridays With Felber: Kehilla

Our campers are part of several communities or families each summer. They start with their inner circle of bunkmates and camp staff, and the circle expands to their village, and to all of camp. Over the course of the summer, unique communities are formed through chugim (elective activities), special programs like Israel Night, and through programs like Solel and Chalutzim buddies where our youngest campers are paired with our oldest campers in a mentoring program.