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Jacob Berkman reports on a press release from the Foundation for Jewish Camp giving a preview of preliminary findings of a major new research initiative which serves to advance the understanding of nonprofit Jewish camp’s impact on adult Jewish identity. Despite the continuing financial struggles of many families, nonprofit Jewish overnight camps are filling up! As in 2009, camps are projecting a flat or increased enrollment over last year. Camps are doing all they can to ensure that every parent is able to send their child to camp.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2010
In a post for the eJewish Philanthropy's 'Growing Jewish Education in Challenging Times' series, Maggie Bar-Tura, Chief Operating Officer of Foundation for Jewish Camp, puts forth an idea to enable many more Jewish youth to be able to afford to attend Jewish summer camps. She suggests creating lower priced Jewish camping options that deliver strong educational value without all the frills, which could add new market segments that were previously priced out.
Updated: Apr. 25, 2010
Five new Jewish camps are launching across the United States this summer with seed money from the Specialty Camps Incubator run by the Foundation for Jewish Camp and funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation with a $10.1 million grant two years ago. The hope is that these new camps will fill niches and draw hundreds more young Jews to Jewish camps.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2010
The Avi Chai Foundation, one of the largest Jewish foundations, is making preparations for cessation of all its operations in 2020 in North America, Israel and the former Soviet Union, aside from an endowment the foundation will leave to run its campus in Israel, Beit Avi Chai. The foundation is slated to spend down almost all of its estimated $600 million in assets over the next decade.
Updated: Mar. 15, 2010
In this the first article in a series on people and places fostering commitment to Judaism and the Jewish people in the United States and elsewhere, Jack Wertheimer, professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York writes about experiential education, commitment to a clearly defined Jewish ideology and providing educating challenges that make Bnei Akiva's Camp Stone an excellent educational institution demonstratiing Torah and service in action.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010
The FJC Leaders Assembly 2010 will convene hundreds of professionals and lay leaders from the camping world, as well as funders and Jewish communal professionals to tackle core issues such as program excellence, lay and professional leadership, communication, recruitment, fundraising, and many other topics that will empower participants to further the success of the Jewish camp endeavor.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2010
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Institute for Global Jewish Affairs interviewed Dr. Jack Wertheimer, professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary, about developments in Jewish education over the last decades and its directions in the future.
Updated: Jan. 11, 2010
This summer a group of youths from the North American Russian Jewish community attended the two-week (July 19-Aug. 3, 2009) Havurah camping program at Camp Tel Yehudah at Barryville, N.Y. The 9th to 11th graders participated in various fun and educational activities in close contact with other campers at the Young Judea national senior leadership camp. Through a variety of innovative informal educational and recreational experiences, Havurah participants were provided an opportunity to explore and deepen their relationships with Israel, Jewish traditions, and Jewish culture and identity. The special educational curriculum tailored to the needs of Havurah’s teenage participants was developed by JAFI educators.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2009
In this article, Alvin Mars reflects on what must be done to fully realize the potential of Jewish day camps to foster Jewish identity and provide truly significant informal Jewish education experiences.
Updated: Oct. 13, 2009
The tough financial situation is making it more difficult to send kids to Jewish camps this summer. The economy is taking its toll on Jewish camping in the form of lower enrollment, later registration and later payment. Although many parents see the Jewish camp experience as an important factor in forming their children's Jewish identity, they are finding it difficult to afford it this summer.
Updated: May. 20, 2009