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Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., on June 26.

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Camp where Debbie Friedman began Jewish folk movement to celebrate 50th anniversary

Whether it’s first love or night swimming, many American Jews have nostalgic memories from Jewish summer camp. For the first class of campers to attend the Union for Reform Judaism’s flagship camp in Warwick, New York, those memories are about to turn 50 years old.

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Families

Grandma does the night shift

I am so excited to be a new member of the esteemed “Grandma Club.” When my beautiful grandson was almost 3 weeks old, as any good mom would do, I stayed with my daughter and son-in-law to help out those first few weeks. And of course, I volunteered to take the night shift so they could get some much-needed sleep.

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Game time

Campers and staff at Camp Daisy & Harry Stein relax with a friendly game of Uno.Photo courtesy of Camp Stein

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Arts

‘Mom on the Road’ follows lifelong passions

Allyson Ochs Primack was practicing criminal law in Arizona when her oldest son, Sam, landed the role of Pugsley Addams in the national tour of “The Addams Family.” He was 10 years old at the time, so she opted to join him on the six-month national tour and blogged her experience at momontour.com. The 2013 adventure changed her life.

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Religious Life

Bar mitzvah memories focus of Rebar

Journalist and author A.J. Jacobs is not one to forgo a big project. He spent 18 months reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, a year “living biblically” and another subjecting himself to every health regimen he could find. Most recently, Jacobs conducted a massive family history project.

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Youth

Camp Ometz offers camp experience for kids with special needs

Jordan Kern, a 5-year-old camper at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s Ometz Summer Camp, returns home from camp at the end of the day with a backpack full of arts and crafts and a smile on his face.

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