Foundation for Jewish Camp has announced the first cohort of a new FJC Fellowship. Selected from a large and highly competitive pool of applicants, these four outstanding Fellows grew up as campers and staff at their respective home camps and all come highly recommended from their camp directors. They stood out for their ability to articulate more than just a love of their own camp experience, but their desire to play a role in the larger field of Jewish camp and to explore long-term careers as Jewish communal professionals. They will spend the next two years working at FJC’s NYC-based headquarters to gain invaluable professional skills and work experience, and will spend their summers thriving in leadership roles at their respective Jewish camps.
This Fellowship is representative of FJC’s greater mission to find new, innovative and adaptive ways to recruit, retain and empower talent.
Throughout their time at FJC, Fellows will work in different departments, providing valuable support for national field initiatives, large-scale FJC programs, and organizational operations. In order to truly foster their professional growth, each Fellow will be supervised by senior FJC professionals, attend key meetings and events, and be exposed to the inner workings of a national nonprofit organization. Individually and as a cohort, Fellows will have access to professional development opportunities and mentorship from Jewish camp professionals. Fellows will spend their summers working in a leadership role at their home summer camp. In addition to working at camp in the summer, Fellows will have the opportunity to visit other Jewish camps in session, to expose them to the wider Jewish camp network.
Each of the selected Fellows brings their own unique strengths and talents to the their roles, and represent different camps and movements across North America.
The FJC Fellows are:
Liora Bernstein (Leadership Development Fellow, URJ Eisner Camp)
Liora Bernstein from Boyton Beach, Florida, recently graduated The George Washington University with a degree in Communications.
Ella Cooperman (Operations Fellow, Ramah in the Berkshires)
Ella Cooperman from Marlboro, New Jersey, recently graduated Columbia University with a degree in History.
Hannah Gilfix (Leadership Development Fellow, Herzl Camp)
Hannah Gilfix from Edina, Minnesota, recently graduated University of Indiana with a degree in Youth Development.
Rebecca Hersch (Day Camp Fellow, Ramah Day Camp, Philadelphia)
Rebecca Hersch from Edison, New Jersey, recently graduated Brandeis University with a degree in Sociology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.