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Repair the World Helps Build Eden Village Camp

How did you spend your Sunday? If you were among the lucky, you spent it in the sun. If you’re among the really lucky, you spent it with other volunteers planting, weeding and building the new greenhouse at Eden Village Camp.

Eden Village is a brand-spanking new Jewish summer camp located 50 miles north of New York City. The camp melds the best aspects of traditional overnight camps (from bonfires to lake swimming to summer crushes) with a unique environmental vision. Campers aged 3rd-12th grade engage in organic gardening and bee keeping, outdoor and wilderness adventure (i.e. hikes, rock climbing and ropes courses), green-friendly arts and crafts and natural sciences as well as weekly Shabbat celebrations and morning prayer and reflection time on the weekdays. Campers share locally-grown, mostly vegetarian/pescatarian meals – many of which they’ve helped to grow or cook!

According to the camp’s website, each camper is supported in “developing outdoor and leadership skills, exploring new interests and awakening a sense of positive Jewish identity, purpose, and joy.”
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Repair Hero: Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs is in the business of empowering kids.

He is the Executive Director and co-founder, along with his brother Stephen, of Kids Creative – an arts non-profit that engages students from pre-K through high school in writing and performing their own live theatre and musical events. The programs, which run after school and at camps during the summer, empower participants to create something they’re proud of, and help build leadership and communication skills.

The organization’s vision of “a better, more peaceful future…through the arts,” is focused around what the Jacobs brothers call the 6 C’s of peacemaking in youth: confidence, creativity, conflict resolution, community, collaboration and – of course – cookies. Kids Creative has worked with more than 2,000 students in NYC to create over 85 original productions and countless songs – like this one about dancing robots.
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