My Newfound Connection to Judaism

Posted August 3, 2014 by

By Zach Chapman, 7th Grade Camper, Session 2, 2014

When I found out about Camp Inc., I was excited to see that there was a new summer camp all about entrepreneurship. I knew the camp was a Jewish camp, and even though I am Jewish, that was not the main reason I decided to come. I never expected that would be the main reason I decided to come back.

 

I have never really felt a very strong connection to my religion. So, at first, I was almost disappointed that Camp Inc. was a Jewish camp, thinking that the Jewish activities might get in the way of the entrepreneurship aspect of camp. However, through Camp Inc., I learned so much about entrepreneurship, made new friends, and had a lot of fun, but even more importantly than all of those combined, I discovered what it means to be Jewish.

 

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I am no longer a 12-year old kid who does not study prayer or Torah; in fact, I now say a few prayers every morning. I am no longer a 12-year old who dreads going to services; in fact, I now enjoy Friday night services. I am no longer a 12-year old kid who does not feel like part of the Jewish community; in fact, I now feel a strong connection to all Jews throughout the world. I am no longer a 12-year old kid who feels no connection to Israel; in fact, I now want to join the Israel Defense Force (IDF) after I complete college. I am no longer a 12-year old kid who was just born into Judaism, and doesn’t really consider himself to be Jewish; in fact, I am proud to be Jewish. This camp has changed me for the better; now, I truly am a Jew.