Finding Passion, Taking Action

Posted July 10, 2015 by

By Jordan Steifman, Judaic Educator

Sara and SamIn this week’s parsha, Parshat Pinchas, a man named Zelophehad dies, leaving five daughters and no sons. Finding it unfair that they cannot inherit their father’s land, the daughters come before Moses and the whole community in order to plead their case. After listening to the daughters, Moses turns to God, and God then changes the law.

Zelophehad’s daughters, detecting injustice, took action to determine their fate and the course of history. They not only hoped and prayed that change would come about, but they demanded it and stood up for their beliefs.

This Shabbat, we will learn about the passions of our Explorers and Entrepreneurs, who are this week’s service leaders. What motivates them to take action? What beliefs do they stand up for? Through songs, poems, quotes, and personal stories, these campers will share with our community what they care most about, and how their time here can help them fulfill their potential.

Knowing why we do what we do is especially important in the business world. Our campers invest multiple hours a day into building their start-ups, and it’s essential that they know why they’re doing so. Do they believe their product will make the world a better place? Do they have a personal mission to solve a particular problem? To quote author and motivational speaker, Simon Sinek, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

We hope that in every area of camp, whether it’s Inc. time or on Shabbat, we are providing an environment where each camper’s unique passions can shine through.

Shabbat Shalom!


Jordyn is the Jewish Educator at Camp Inc. this summer! She is originally from Long Island, New York, and has spent the past four years at The Ohio State University doing her undergraduate work in sociology and Judaic studies. She is thrilled about living in the beautiful mountains of Steamboat Springs for the next couple of months! She loves spending time outdoors, and can’t wait to do plenty of that at Camp Inc.!