• New Forever Friends

    By Becca Wycoff, Bus 8 Participant After coming together as a big unit for 23 days, I see how much this group really means to me. I did not know a lot of kids here because there are 2 different sessions at camp. We may not have met yet, but we all already had one […]


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  • Reflections from the Kotel 

    By Jared Klein, Bus 8 I do not consider myself a very religious person. Sure, I go to synagogue for the high holidays and live by Jewish morals, but spirituality was never at the center of my Judaism.  All of this changed when I visited the Kotel with NFTY in Israel this summer as a […]


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  • Home in Jerusalem

    By Sophie Ungerleider, Bus 8 Participant Coming from a small town in mid Michigan, I am a part of a tiny Jewish community. My town is filled with somewhere around 25 churches and the closest synagogue to me is 30 minutes away. Coming to camp each summer is by far the biggest Jewish community I […]


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  • A Special Shabbat Together

    By Ethan Glass, Bus 8 Participant Everyday this year, my assistant P.E. teacher would remind me of the formula for a great day: “lots of energy and lots of focus.”  Although it’s a simple phrase, I feel like this perfectly connects to the amazing experience that Harlam in Israel Bus 8 just had in Poland […]


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  • I Thank Therefore I Am ….

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director Many of you are familiar with the quote from the great French philosopher Rene Descartes who said, “I think, therefore I am.” It is an interesting concept however, Jewish tradition is somewhat different because our approach is more like… “I thank therefore I am.” I had this realization the other […]


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  • The Start of Something New

    By Stella Smith, Bus 8 Participant In past years at Camp Harlam, many of us have found a comfortable and familiar home to return to each year. For most of us, camp is our personal, sacred place for a short 3.5 weeks, and we look forward to returning each year to familiar people, places, and […]


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  • We Made It

    By Reece Ratliff, Bus 8 Participant The wind roared through the mountains, lifting us over the vast expanse of the Negev Desert. From our vantage point at the top of Mount Neshef, 2800 feet above sea level, we admired the view of the Red Sea as we shouted and hugged each other in joy. Although […]


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