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Honoring the Joshua Tree 0

Honoring the Joshua Tree

Posted on Jan 18, 2019 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Lifecycle

At the end of this weekend at sundown on Sunday, we will celebrate Tu B’shevat, “Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot” (Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות) The New Year of the Trees. This Tu B’shevat, we honor a very special tree. The Joshua tree has stood in the middle of the Camp since way before that land was even a part of the Camp. When we bought that property from the Smith family, the Joshua Tree was already growing strong on the land. Generations of Greene Family Campers, staff, and guests have enjoyed its shade. Every opening and closing day, the Avodah unit has made its luggage HQ under its branches. And now, its days are numbered. The Joshua Tree has reached the end of its life and must be removed. We do so with the utmost respect and thanks for all the wonderful hours spent under its limbs. But we are not going to let the Joshua Tree go softly into that good night. We have already identified another Cedar to plant in the location that will be vacated by the Joshua Tree. This tree will be planted by our arborist and all of us will be able to take turns nurturing it this season. This tree is only the latest tree...

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Greene Family Camp is at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC in Houston! 0

Greene Family Camp is at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC in Houston!

Posted on Jan 15, 2019 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog

As our GFC Full-Time Team has expanded, we’ve been able to spread across cities and become more involved in the local Jewish Community. Whether it’s working with our incredible congregations, partnering with multiple organizations and congregations to develop and run Hurricane Harvey Day Camp, or participating in events throughout the community, GFC has been thrilled to be such an involved part of the Houston Jewish Community. We are fortunate to have three of our full-time team members in Houston throughout the year, including Camp Director Stefani Rozen and Assistant Directors Emily Caulfield and McKenzie Sigle.

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Farewell from Michele 0

Farewell from Michele

Posted on Jan 11, 2019 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog

When I walk laps around perimeter road today, I’m in awe of how much my relationship with this place has changed in four years. When I first came to Greene, it felt SO big. I didn’t know the difference between my Beit Aish and my Beit HaAm. All of the faces were new to me and none of the almost 800 kids were ever my campers as a counselor. It was also a reunion summer which is a particularly busy time to be thrown into a new job focused on communications.

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Remembering Rona Ramon 0

Remembering Rona Ramon

Posted on Dec 17, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog, Israel

I was introduced to Rona and her husband Ilan in 2002 by Ellen and Louis Krinsky. Ilan, Israel’s first astronaut, was stationed in Houston in preparation for a flight aboard Space Shuttle Columbia the next year.  With Ilan in training, Ellen and Louis thought it would be good idea if Rona and her children, Asaf, Tal, Yiftach and Noa, spent a summer in Bruceville just as their daughters, Lauren and Dorey did years before.

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Music and Songleading Helped me Find My Jewish Identity

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 in Camps & NFTY, From the Blog

“Songleading is such an amazing way to engage in your Judaism, while creating special and spiritual moments for your community. Music and songleading is how I found my Jewish identity and I love sharing my love for music and passion for Judaism with my congregation at temple and with all of NFTY-TOR! Nashir is such an amazing opportunity to expand your songleading skills learn how to lead a congregation to help them experience the same beautiful, musical and spiritual moments that are equally as rewarding to create!” -Zoey Weinstein, NFTY TOR Religious & Cultural Vice President

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