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The courage to challenge the smug ‘masters’

Haaretz - 0 sec ago
The Israeli Army and Shin Bet were quick to hunt down the Palestinian who killed Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger and Staff Sgt. Gal Keidan and declare his guilt. Not so for Israeli killers of Palestinians

With Sudanese asylum requests in Israel dragging out, members of immigration panel quit

Haaretz - 0 sec ago
Top court says pace of handling requests 'unacceptable' after three of five members of a governmental task force set up to re-examine thousands of applications resign

Hamas to escalate nighttime riots and weekend protests along Gaza border

Haaretz - 0 sec ago
Officials announce move after Egyptian security delegation says Israel unable to meet the organizations' demands ? Organizers of weekly border demonstrations urge more Gazans to participate

ANALYSIS: Iran making progress in plan for Israel's annihilation - Arutz Sheva

ISIS Watch - 11 min 12 sec ago
ANALYSIS: Iran making progress in plan for Israel's annihilation  Arutz Sheva

The only world leader who from the start saw Iran's intentions and the danger posed by ISIS was Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

These expat Israelis are flying home especially to vote Bibi out (they hope)

Haaretz - 13 min 18 sec ago
For these Israelis living in the United States, making time and spending money to come back to cast their ballot was an obvious decision, whether they’ve been away a couple of years or a decade

Trump’s Jexodus movement isn’t about winning Jewish votes. It’s about dividing and conquering America

Haaretz - 18 min 49 sec ago
The president is already rolling out his re-election strategy. Will he make Jewish Democrats choose between Israel and their party?

Holocaust Denier David Irving Leading Tour Of Nazi Death Camps

The Forward - 21 min 12 sec ago
The itinerary also includes the bunker headquarters of Adolf Hitler known as “The Wolf’s Lair.

Why are the wheels coming off the Benny Gantz election campaign?

Haaretz - 31 min 8 sec ago
From being weighed down by several millstones on his Kahol Lavan ticket to running against the master strategist, here are the eight problems dogging Gantz and Kahol Lavan

‘Satirical’ Video Game Allows Players To Murder Minorities As Hitler, Trump

The Forward - 38 min 12 sec ago
Avatars include Jesus, Hitler, Trump, Vladimir Putin — and the aim is to kill minorities. It’s being hailed as a satire.

That Time Teenage Beto O’Rourke Interviewed A Neo-Nazi

The Forward - 47 min 12 sec ago
At one point, O’Rourke pointed to his friend and said, “He’s Jewish. Do you think he can be saved?”

This Purim, Try Apricot-Spiked Cocktails With Apricot-Filled Hamantaschen

The Forward - 1 hour 23 min ago
Buttery hamantaschen with apricot-pistachio hazelnut-chocolate fillings and a dangerously delicious take on the Old Fashioned, with apricot liqueur.

Recipe: A Not-So-Old-Fashioned Cocktail For Purim

The Forward - 1 hour 23 min ago
A not-so-old-fashioned Old Fashioned cocktail.

Sarah Silverman And Ilhan Omar Are In A Two-State Solution Lady Gang Now

The Forward - 1 hour 29 min ago
Silverman and Omar were brought together like so many women: by shared foreign policy ideas.

Law championed by the right used to ban Kahanist leader from election

Haaretz - 1 hour 34 min ago
The amendment to the Basic Law that disqualified Otzma Yehudit's Michael Ben Ari was originally drafted by the right to be used against Arab parties and their candidates

How Jewish summer camps are talking about consent in the age of #MeToo

JTA - 1 hour 44 min ago

(JTA) — Every summer, Jewish parents spend thousands of dollars to send their children to summer camp to learn about Judaism, make friends and be part of a community. They sometimes have another hope, too: that their child will meet his or her future spouse at camp.

It’s not an unattainable dream. Many articles have been written about couples who met at Jewish summer camp. At Canada’s Camp Moshava in Ontario, all four siblings in one family met their future spouse.

Camp Ramah, the Conservative movement’s network of 15 overnight and day camps, even has a blog dedicated to couples who met through camp. In 2015, Ramah partnered with JDate to create a dating service for alumni.

But in recent years — as the #MeToo movement and other events have led to increased awareness and discussion of gender norms and relationship dynamics — camps are examining the darker side of summer romance.

“I think that once you’re starting to make your camp’s goal — secretly or underlying — the continuity of Jewish children, then hookup culture is something you’re intrinsically accidentally doing,” said Sheira Director-Nowack, director of Camp Havaya in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.

Director-Nowack said that her camp, which is affiliated with the Reconstructionist movement, has shied away for years from a focus on romantic relationships. The staff has taken measures to prevent campers from feeling pressure to engage in relationships or hookups, such as by not putting on dances where kids are encouraged to partner up.

“That has dramatically changed certain things,” she said. “We don’t offer that as an activity.”

At Camp Ramah, too, the staff is told not to emphasize dating.

“Staff is openly talking about this idea of healthy relationships, of making sure that they are not suggesting to campers, or even among themselves, that camp needs to be a place where you are looking for your romantic partner or any type of partner,” said Amy Skopp Cooper, the camp network’s national associate director.

Last year, the Foundation for Jewish Camp cited the #MeToo movement in launching an initiative to prevent sexual harassment and abuse. As part of the Shmirah Initiative, the organization conducts staff training at Jewish camps about sex, gender and consent.

Marina Lewin, the foundation’s chief operating officer, said that developing relationships — friendships and romantic ones — is “part of the joy of Jewish camp.”

“The key is to make sure that it’s age appropriate and appropriate for living in a situation where you’re living in close quarters with others,” she said.

Camp Bob Waldorf in Los Angeles partners with the UCLA Rape Treatment Center to train staff about issues of consent, boundaries and harassment.

“We’re not trying to build a community that’s free of romance or exploration in that way,” director Zach Lasker said, “but what a golden opportunity if that is what happens at camp, to try our best to ensure that it’s done with respect and consent.”

Rules regarding romantic relationships vary at camps.

At Camp Havaya, there are no specific rules dictating what types of activities are off-limits aside from sex.

“I always say to our staff, for some kids kissing is really, really involved, for another kid it’s not, so we’re not a huge fan of policymaking in that area,” Director-Nowack said.

At Camp Tawonga couples have to abide by the “CHAKWACO” rule — an acronym that stands for “consensual hugging and kissing with all clothes on.” (Courtesy of Camp Tawonga)

At Camp Tawonga in Northern California, kids have to abide by the “CHAKWACO” rule — an acronym that stands for “consensual hugging and kissing with all clothes on.” Any physical contact has to occur in public areas and campers cannot go into bunks that aren’t their own.

Campers also attend sessions about consent and relationships tailored by age. The very youngest kids learn about consent in the framework of friendship. As the kids get older, the sessions also address relationships and dating. For the oldest campers, ages 16-17, the discussion may touch on sex.

Camp Tawonga’s executive director, Jamie Simon, says it is “more challenging” to address the issues with counselors, who are ages 18-24.

“For a lot of them on their college campuses, they are having sex and they are having romantic relationships, so the ‘CHAKWACO’ rule wouldn’t work,” she said.

Counselors are allowed to date each other, but they are not allowed to talk about any relationships in front of campers.

In recent years, Simon has noticed that counselors come into training sessions with more knowledge about the topic.

“[A decade ago,] it was the first time they had ever heard about consent,” she said. “So it was a lot more revolutionary or cutting edge in that a lot of the sexual health curriculum in the high schools in the mid-2000s was about protection, was about using a condom, was about slut shaming and not doing that and why that was bad, but there wasn’t a lot about ‘You have to ask me before touching my body.’”

She wants to lessen societal pressure that campers may feel to form romantic connections.

“We try to take the pressure away from feeling they have to find a mate or a partner,” she said, “because they have that everyday. They’re inundated with that pressure.”

(This article was made possible with funding by the Foundation for Jewish Camp. The story was produced independently and at the sole discretion of JTA’s editorial team.)

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Blair Braverman becomes first Jewish woman to finish the Iditarod sled dog race

Haaretz - 1 hour 46 min ago
'It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. And also the most beautiful. The dogs and I took care of each other the whole way. '

UN war crimes panel urges Israel to stop using lethal force against Gaza protesters

Haaretz - 1 hour 48 min ago
Israeli snipers use 'high velocity bullets and long-range sniper rifles' to disperse crowds, instead of rubber bullets, investigator tells Human Rights Council

UN condemns Hamas for using force against Gaza protesters

JTA - 1 hour 59 min ago

(JTA) — The United Nations has condemned Hamas for using force to squelch protests by Gaza Palestinians over new taxes, unemployment and electricity shortages in the coastal strip.

Hamas, which took control of Gaza in 2007, has arrested dozens of protesters and journalists.

Youth movements and groups that reject the militant group’s rule over Gaza have organized the demonstrations and are marching in the streets under the banner “We Want to Live!”

Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, criticized the Hamas tactics.

“I strongly condemn the campaign of arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including women and children, in Gaza over the past three days,” he wrote. “I am particularly alarmed by the brutal beating of journalists and staff from the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) and the raiding of homes. The long suffering people of Gaza were protesting the dire economic situation and demanded an improvement in the quality of life in the Gaza Strip. It is their right to protest without fear of reprisal.”

Other Palestinian factions over the weekend called on Hamas to allow peaceful public demonstrations and to release the jailed protesters. The factions also called on Hamas to halt the high taxes on goods entering Gaza, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Mladenov called for reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority led by Mahmoud Abbas, as well as the other Palestinian factions.

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