Incubator camps attract middle and high school youth who wouldn’t otherwise attend Jewish camp. By Michele Friedman and Ellen Irie Five years ago, Foundation for Jewish Camp, with the support of the Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI Foundations, launched the second cohort of Jewish Specialty Camp Incubator. With the conclusion of the grant period late last year, an independent evaluation (viewable as Executive Summary and Full Report), conducted … [Read more...] about What the Specialty Camp Incubator Signals to the Field of Jewish Education
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U.S. administration’s plan to cut foreign participation in work-exchange programs could bar Israeli counselors and deal a blow to Jewish summer camps across the U.S. By Judy Maltz Haaretz.com The Trump administration’s crackdown on visas to foreigners could include an unlikely victim: Jewish summer camps. According to recent reports, the government’s plan to cut or end the J-1 visa program, which benefits a wide spectrum of foreign … [Read more...] about Trump’s Visa Crackdown Could Have ‘Drastic Impact’ on Jewish Summer Camps
By Shira Ravin Nine Jewish day camps across the country are running a unique Hebrew program known as Kayitz Kef. Supported by The Areivim Philanthropic Group, in collaboration with Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), ”Kayitz Kef” represents the fun process campers experience during summer camp as they acquire Hebrew without even noticing. The program was created as a pilot at Camp Ramah in Nyack, NY in 2013 - with the guidance of Prof. Vardit … [Read more...] about Kayitz Kef: Summers of Fun. A Lifetime of Hebrew.
By Mark Kachuck “Kol Yisrael Arevim Ze Bazeh,” translates to “all of Israel is responsible for one another.” This spoke to the theme of Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Fellowship 2017: “Get Invested,” which had a big impact on me. It resonated with my feelings towards the global Jewish community; together, we have the power to achieve great strength. This year was my fourth Cornerstone Seminar, where I've had the opportunity of … [Read more...] about The Power of FJC’s Cornerstone
By Kate O’Brien As the world races by at the speed of technology, it becomes harder to live into moments of joy and beauty, or even of sadness and longing. With nothing to ground us, we miss out on opportunities to form meaningful memories that will sustain us over time. Jewish wisdom has a response to the urgency of human existence - slow daily counting. Since the second night of Passover, Jews have been counting the Omer (sefirat ha-omer). … [Read more...] about Unplugging to Connect