• Saying No to the Status Quo

    By: Michael Levy, Anaf Unit Head In high school there are always the stereotypical groups of people. The jocks, nerds, thespians, etc. All of the people who fall into these typecasts exist at camp, but the groups do not. I have never seen another place where these groups are absent. Personalities and qualities of the individual […]


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  • Keep Goldman Weird

    We live in a world where peer approval means everything— especially to adolescents. Wearing the right outfit with the right labels, getting “likes,” being friends with the cool kids all matter. Or at least it’s supposed to… GUCI is different, and proud to be. Last night campers and counselors alike jumped and screamed along to […]


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  • And if We Build this World from Love

    By: Jeremy Klotz, Director One of the hallmarks of a GUCI summer experience is the Shabbat celebration.  It is our ultimate expression of community.  In addition to our staff and campers, Shabbat is a time when we are typically joined by many guests at camp; some wanting to witness and participate in Shabbat at camp for […]


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  • Why I Became a Counselor

    By: Ruthie Chaban, third year counselor I came to GUCI in the summer of 2004 as a Garin camper. I fell in love with the people and the place itself. After my two weeks I couldn’t wait to go back year after year, and even kept in contact with my cabin-mates. Sadly my time never came back […]


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  • Farwell to Kallah Aleph 2016

    By: Jeremy Klotz, Director It’s hard to believe that Kallah Aleph (first session) is coming to an end this Sunday.  It’s equally difficult for me to believe that I’ve been living at camp for over six weeks now.  Time is a very strange thing at camp.  We do so many activities, programs, special trips, etc. during […]


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  • A Reflection on Camperhood

    By: Sarah Naiman, second year Anaf camper Writing this is one of the most difficult tasks I have every completed during my past eight summers at GUCI. How can I possibly describe the greatest summers of my list within a few sentences? After many drafts, revisions, and edits, I realize that the answer is simple: […]


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  • Camp Counselors in the Real World

    By: Jeremy Klotz, Director In these competitive times, we know that many families measure the value of spending a summer at GUCI in Avodah or on Staff against the potential benefits of gaining “real world” experience through an internship or other work experience.  Planning strategically for future employment or acceptance into college is a very personal thing, taking into account many […]


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  • The Stats on Staff

    Everything You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Know About GUCI Staff GUCI staff members take the job of guardian at litem very seriously. We do everything in our power to keep all campers safe and healthy, all while creating memories of a carefree and fun summer. Here’s a look into the personalities that run the Migdal, […]


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  • Healthy Competition Yields Unity

    Yom Sport (Day of Sport) is a full day, camp-wide color war. Yesterday, all of GUCI came together to cheer, run, dance, and celebrate their team’s Pixar character. When asking about favorite aspects of the day, why this day of competition matters, and why they love Yom Sport, all answers pointed to unity. Although we […]


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  • Shabbat: Tranquility or Chaos?

    During a staff week survey, counselors and top deck were asked their favorite camp tradition. Over 80% stated an aspect of Shabbat. Camp Shabbat holds the same customs of candle lighting, grape juice, and challah, but here it is so much more. The beauty of a GUCI Shabbat is there is something for everyone: crazy […]


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