'God First, You Second, Me Third": An Exploration of 'Quiet Jewishness" at Camp Wah-Kon-Dah

'God First, You Second, Me Third": An Exploration of 'Quiet Jewishness" at Camp Wah-Kon-Dah essay .................... "God First, You Second, Me Third" An Exploration of "Quiet Jewishness" at Camp Wah-Kon-Dah by Marcie Cohen Ferris Founder Ben Kessler opened Camp Wah-Kon-Dah in an era of wartime fear and disruption and hoped to give his campers a summer filled with joy, the opportunity to build strong physiques, improve personal character, learn skills, and to "model a democracy" as a camp community. Archery at Camp Wah-Kon-Dah, 1950, courtesy of Stephen Rich. y first experience at a southern Jewish summer camp was not easy. I felt out of place. I couldn't speak Hebrew. I didn't know the songs, nor could I join in the raucous chanting of the Birkat Hamazon, the traditional Jewish blessing after meals. I was homesick. I didn't want to spend the night at camp. I hated corndogs. And to make matters worse, I was in my mid-thirties, and it was hot as blazes in south central Mississippi. As the Project Director of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, located at Camp Henry S. Jacobs in Utica, Mississippi, in the early 1990s, I wondered what sane person attends summer camp in Mississippi, let alone Jewish summer camp? My own childhood camping experience http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

'God First, You Second, Me Third": An Exploration of 'Quiet Jewishness" at Camp Wah-Kon-Dah

Southern Cultures, Volume 18 (1) – Feb 5, 2012

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essay .................... "God First, You Second, Me Third" An Exploration of "Quiet Jewishness" at Camp Wah-Kon-Dah by Marcie Cohen Ferris Founder Ben Kessler opened Camp Wah-Kon-Dah in an era of wartime fear and disruption and hoped to give his campers a summer filled with joy, the opportunity to build strong physiques, improve personal character, learn skills, and to "model a democracy" as a camp community. Archery at Camp Wah-Kon-Dah, 1950, courtesy of Stephen Rich. y first experience at a southern Jewish summer camp was not easy. I felt out of place. I couldn't speak Hebrew. I didn't know the songs, nor could I join in the raucous chanting of the Birkat Hamazon, the traditional Jewish blessing after meals. I was homesick. I didn't want to spend the night at camp. I hated corndogs. And to make matters worse, I was in my mid-thirties, and it was hot as blazes in south central Mississippi. As the Project Director of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, located at Camp Henry S. Jacobs in Utica, Mississippi, in the early 1990s, I wondered what sane person attends summer camp in Mississippi, let alone Jewish summer camp? My own childhood camping experience

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