Shutaf in the News

Funders Debate Inclusion During Tour of Camps Philanthropists get an education in special-needs camping along twisting Pocono roads. Usually, eating is the fun part and cleanup is a chore. That’s not how they do it at Camp Nesher, an Orthodox overnight camp in the Poconos, where on any given day, lunch or dinner will turn…

The Learning Curve

Miriam and I really didn’t set out to start a NPO that first summer, 2007, when we started Shutaf. Our learning curve over the past 5 years has been steep, especially considering that neither one of us came from the world of non profit management and business. Miriam is a graphic designer, now working as…

Will it always be about guilt?

Why are you so tired, asked the chiropractor the other day? I hesitated before answering. She’s after all, a single parent, with an energetic and adorable toddler. Surely she’s more tired than I am? Or, maybe she’s not. I looked over at Ira the other morning and told him that I like him, really like…

This is My Brother, Akiva

Gabe Skop, (he’s the one on the left) now 19, is not a man of many words. Affectionate and warm, he’s always ready with a hug, enjoying many good friendships with guys and girls alike. This year, he’s having a particularly Israeli experience at a Mechina, or pre-army program. The Mechina movement exploded in post-Rabin-assassination-Israel…

The Best Laid Plans

Everything was set: the plane tickets, the booked chalet not far from the slopes, the car, the packed suitcases, and most importantly, our eldest, Natan, who was to look after Akiva while Ira and I went for a special celebratory week in the French Alps in honor of my birthday and our 25th anniversary. Murphy’s…

Travels with Akiva: Arrival

Well. It’s like that famous essay of Emily Perl Kingsley (if you’ve never read it), Welcome to Holland. I prepared for everything except for extensive delays or how about this one? Ten minutes after takeoff, smoke was noted in the back of the plane. The plane dumped fuel and turned around. Thankfully all was fine…