Akiva Rosenbaum, a CIT, helps the J1 camp group at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. /Laurelin SitterlyJ-Camp at the Dwares JCC has an exciting opportunity for teens to become Counselors-in-Training this summer!

If you’re a teen going into grades 7-10 and you’re interested in working with children or in education, or you just want to be a part of our amazing summer J-Camp program, then our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is the perfect fit for you. CITs in J-Camp have a direct and crucial role while working with both the campers and the counselors, learning teaching techniques, being exposed to behavior management, planning and participating in tons of awesome games, and designing and running their own activities.

Read more: J-Camp CITs get the whole camp experience

/Susan SugermanOn April 23, JCDSRI celebrated Earth Day with a garden party by Whole Foods Market. Third grade students (left to right) Yishai, Lev, Jonah, Zosia and Elana, were mesmerized by the honey bees in an observation beehive with Celeste Nadworny. Everyone enjoyed making vegetable kebabs to nosh.

Did you know?

Honey bees are vital to many of the foods we eat. The list of crops that won’t grow without the honey bee is long: apples, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots. It goes on and on.

In 2006, beekeepers first noticed that the bees were abandoning hives in large numbers. Called Colony Collapse Disorder, researchers are now trying to learn about why this is happening. This is not the first time that beekeepers have noticed this problem. And the USDA has committed funds to study it. But a solution still has not been found.

While the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians seem to have faltered, the need for a peaceful solution is still urgent. What role should we play and how can the American Jewish community be helpful in the peace process?

On May 21, at the Dwares JCC, nationally recognized Jewish leaders will participate in a facilitated discussion about the hurdles facing peace and how we, in the U.S. can influence peace in the Middle East. Panelists for the program include David Bernstein, executive director of The David Project, Rachel Lerner, senior vice president of community relations of J Street and Martin J. Raffel, senior vice president of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA).

As executive director of The David Project, which works to positively shape campus opinion on Israel, David Bernstein transformed and rebranded the organization. The David Project focuses on the need for expanding relationships with campus opinion leaders and investing resources and effort on each campus where the organization is active.

Read more: Community Relations Council to host panel discussion

For many years America’s health has been under the microscope. It has become clear that the United States has an obesity problem that some are even calling an epidemic. This issue has become clearer now that even toddlers are overweight.

This is why health officials are especially concerned about weight problems among children. Over the past three decades, the number of overweight children in the U.S. has tripled. In 2009, it was reported that nearly 14 percent of preschoolers were overweight; among children ages 6 to 11 – almost 20 percent; and among adolescents ages 12 to 19 – more than 17 percent. More than 20 percent of American children between the ages of 3 and 5 are believed to be either overweight or at risk of becoming so.

Read more: Instilling healthy habits in teens

JTA – A 15th-century book of the Torah sold for a record $3.87 million at an auction in Paris.

Christie’s, which organized the recent auction, listed the buyer as “anonymous” and said the sale broke the mark for the most etxpensive Hebrew-language book. Three buyers attempted to outbid each other by telephone, the news website reported.

The book was printed in Hebrew in Bologna in January 1482, according to Christie’s.

Read more: 1482 Torah fetches record $3.87 million at Paris auction