by Rabbi Jason Miller Ask any Jewish family that sends their children to both a private Jewish day school and a Jewish summer camp about the affordability of such endeavors and they'll use words such as "sacrifice," "hardship" and "priorities." With the cost of Jewish day school tuition for one child varying from $10,000 all the way up to $40,000 per year, more Jewish families who desire a day school Jewish education for their children are … [Read more...] about Foundation for Jewish Camp Launches Affordability Initiative
As important as this first connection to Israel is, we know that the second touch each young person makes with Israel is really what “seals the deal” for a lifelong connection and a long-term relationship with Israel. by Jonathan Cohen Knowledgeable, committed and experienced camp counselors are the cornerstone of any great summer camp experience. The Cohen Camps, three New England Jewish overnight camps, along with all other Jewish camps … [Read more...] about Creating Internships – and Great Counselors, Too.
by Josh Satok My philanthropic journey started over a year ago, in a classroom at Yale University. Over the course of the semester, I participated in what turned out to be the most unique, fascinating, crazy, and rewarding class I have ever taken. Sixteen of us in "Philanthropy in Action" learned about the nonprofit world, different theories of charity, philanthropy, evaluation, and how to strategically give away money. We met with many … [Read more...] about Philanthropy in Action: From College to Camp
by Lee D. Weiss and Jeremy J. Fingerman “The Pew Study should be a wake-up call. When I am asked what we do to fix Pew, I would get more Jewish kids to go to camp,” Steven M. Cohen told us as he joined the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s (FJC) board meeting last week for a lively discussion of the results of the recently released survey. As a board and an organization fully committed to “assuring a vibrant Jewish future,” the time is right for us … [Read more...] about A Jewish Summer for Everyone
by Michal Ben-Dov How do we best engage Israelis in the imperative issue of Jewish Peoplehood? How do we build and solidify relationships with Jews from the Diaspora? How can we better involve Israelis in the global Jewish conversation happening today? These are the burning questions which I asked myself over the past two years at the Mandel Leadership Institute, and before that as the co-founder of Camp USA, a bridge building program that … [Read more...] about A Powerful Peoplehood