• Bunk Night

    By Sydney Kolker, URJ GUCI Camper Bunk Night is a special night that occurs twice each session. Campers look forward to the creative night planned by their counselors. The night in which Bunk Night takes place is a surprise for the campers, and each unit gets their own. It begins with a big reveal in […]


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  • A Letter From Orly

    By Orly, URJ GUCI Camp Dog Dearest GUCI humans, My name is Orly, and GUCI’s Senior Assistant Director Rachel Waldorf is my human. I am so excited to be here with my new bestie Shemesh, whose humans are the Klotzes. All the other humans here are so cute and are always smiling. It makes me […]


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  • A GUCI Shabbat

    By Sarah Silver, URJ GUCI Camper Candles flicker; illuminating faces singing with all their heart. Prayers echo as a community chants as one. Sweaty bodies jump in unison as song leaders make their way through the crowd. Campers twist and turn to the beat of Israeli dance. A rabbi tells the stories of our ancestors […]


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  • My First Non-GUCI Summer

    By Monica Valentini, Former URJ GUCI Camper and Counselor The past 11 summers with GUCI have been irreplaceable, unmatchable, and profoundly meaningful. I have had experiences that guided me to where I am now and have met the people who have had the most significant impact on me, and I will forever be grateful for […]


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  • 10 Reasons I Come To GUCI

    By Leah Jacobson, URJ GUCI Counselor 1) Finding huge Jewish Community At home, some people may have larger or smaller Jewish communities and GUCI gives us the opportunity to know immediately from the beginning that we all share the bond of being Jewish. 2) Forging deep and meaningful friendships It can be easy to get […]


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  • Rules! Rules? Rules.

    By Abi Cox, URJ GUCI Counselor Camp is SO much fun, all of the memories that are created and the friendships that are made is what keeps us coming back year after year. Camp is a place that every camper is able to freely express their true self and learn how to grow into the […]


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  • Challenge your children to keep an open-mind and heart at sleep away camp

    By Debra Freyman Klevens, URJ GUCI Parent Originally posted on Medium.com I am often quick to judge people based upon my perceptions, but when you truly stop and try to get to know a person is when the real beauty begins. As my daughters prepared for sleep-away camp, I challenged them to try and get […]


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  • The Importance of Cabin Themes

    By Hannah Zeidenstein, URJ GUCI Counselor Whether this is your first or sixth summer coming to camp, everyone always looks forward to the signs on the front of their buildings. Counselors put in a lot of thought and hard work into making sure our cabin theme is perfect for our kids, since throughout the summer […]


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  • Why Singing is an Important Part of Camp

    By Ashley Schlaeger, URJ GUCI Song Leader and Counselor If there’s one thing GUCI knows how to do, it’s harmonize. For me, personally, one of my favorite days on camp is Shabbat. Shabbat at camp is an incredibly special time. Each week at camp, we are separated by units: Garin, Shoresh, Gezah, Anaf, and Avodah […]


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  • A Letter From Our Director

    By Jeremy Klotz, URJ GUCI Director Dear friends: Today marks the first Shabbat of Goldman Union Camp’s 2017 Kallah Aleph (first session).  There is a wonderful spirit in camp today.  After a demanding and intensive staff orientation, our campers are here, the cabin units are bonding, electives have been chosen, and everyone is having a […]


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