'It's my happy place': Jewish camp experience for adults brings out the child in everyone

 

Yoav Magid

Participants at Camp Nai Nai Nai West share a light moment together at Camp Newman in San Rafael, California, May 2022.

"What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word 'sex'?" Claire Perelman asks the men and women in their 20s and 30s seated around her, under a tent open on all sides - what's known as the "Zen Zone" at Camp Nai Nai Nai. 

"And what's the first thing you think of when you hear 'Jewish'?" she prompts after a round-robin of responses that range from the cringeworthy to the giggle-inducing. 

That was the opening for "Kosher Kink," a 75-minute session called a playshop that Perelman led as a camp specialist for the latest iteration of Camp Nai Nai Nai, a Jewish summer camp experienc...



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