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Monday, March 16
 

11:00am

Opening Session

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy J. Fingerman

Jeremy J. Fingerman

CEO, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Jeremy J. Fingerman has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Foundation for Jewish Camp since 2010. Prior to joining FJC, he had a highly-regarded 20+ year career in Consumer Packaged Goods, beginning at General Mills, Inc, then at Campbell Soup Company, where he served as President... Read More →
avatar for Julie Beren Platt

Julie Beren Platt

Board Chair, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Julie Beren Platt, current Board Chair of Foundation for Jewish Camp and Secretary and member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federations of North America. She is the immediate past Chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and has held top leadership roles within... Read More →
avatar for B. Elka Abrahamson

B. Elka Abrahamson

President, The Wexner Foundation
Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson is President of The Wexner Foundation. She oversees the Foundation’s full range of activities and in partnership with Foundation chairmen Abigail and Leslie Wexner. Rabbi Abrahamson, a dynamic speaker and an engaging teacher is optimistic about the Jewish... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:00am - 11:40am
TBA

11:44am

Sessions By Role
Monday March 16, 2020 11:44am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Camp Consultants

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Shore

Daniel Shore

Principal Researcher, I'm Shore Research & Consulting
Daniel Shore is a Ph.D. candidate in workplace psychology at George Mason University as well as an independent camp consultant. Overlapping his two passions of improving the workplace experience and the ten summers he spent working at summer camp, Daniel has worked with dozens of... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Day Camp Assistant/Associate Director & Program Professionals

Speakers
avatar for Orlee Levin

Orlee Levin

Associate Director, 92Y
Orlee is the associate director of 92Y Camps. Orlee joined the 92Y Camps team 12 years ago as a head counselor in Camp Yomi and grew professionally - helping to begin Unit K as the first Unit K Supervisor, and more recently as the assistant director and director of Yomi Seniors. She... Read More →
avatar for Jodi Meehan

Jodi Meehan

Assistant Director, Mid-Island Day Camp
Jodi has a master's degree in elementary education in both general and special education. She is a native of Long Island and lifelong camper since the age of three. A former elementary school teacher and camp director, Jodi has worked in both day and sleepaway camps. Currently, Jodi... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Day Camp Directors

Speakers
avatar for Edana Appel

Edana Appel

Director, Westside JCC
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Edana Appel was an active member of the Jewish community throughout her life and basically grew up at the JCC in El Paso from Preschool to the Assistant Coach of the Swim Team. She was a member of Young Judaea\'s regional and National Board and completed... Read More →
avatar for Josh Shenker

Josh Shenker

Director of Children, Youth, and Camping, Tucson JCC
Josh Shenker has spent every single summer since birth in a JCC Day Camp and his entire professional life in the JCC camping field. Having worked as the Youth and Camp Director at the Weinstein JCC in Richmond, VA, Josh is presently the director of children, youth, and camping services... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Development Professionals

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Perlin

Lauren Perlin

Development Director, Camps Airy & Louise
Since 2016, Lauren has worked full-time for Camps Airy & Louise leading our fundraising efforts. She splits her time equally across two roles: Raising money for camperships through The Awesome Fund; and curating larger donations for our Capital Campaign. She’s proud not only of... Read More →
avatar for Havi Goldscher

Havi Goldscher

Development Director, Capital Camps


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Inclusion and Disabilities Professional

Speakers
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Lori Zlotoff

Inclusion Coordinator, URJ Camp Harlam


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Jewish Communal Professionals and Education Providers

Speakers
avatar for Dori Singer Zoot

Dori Singer Zoot

Regional Director, NFTY Ohio Valley
Dori Singer Zoot is the NFTY Ohio Valley regional director of youth engagement, where she specializes in youth programming and teen mentorship. In the seven years Dori has spent as a Jewish Youth Professional, she has learned a profound connection to her Judaism, a deep love of relationship-building... Read More →
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Erica Goldman

Director of Program and Operations, JPRO Network


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Lay Leaders

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Dubin

Hannah Dubin

Founder and Principal, The Group Forward
Hannah Dubin is described as the “swiss army knife of facilitation” - no matter what the situation, she’s got the perfect activity ready to help move a group forward. With over 15 years of experience working as a facilitator, trainer, and consultant, Hannah’s people-centered... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Marketing and Communications

Speakers
avatar for Ari Polsky

Ari Polsky

Marketing & Communications Associate, Camp Ramah in California
Ari has been working for Camp Ramah in California since 2017, and is a lifelong Ramahnik. He grew up on literal (carousel) slide-shows of camp and was a camper, counselor, and unit head. Prior to joining the Ramah California team, he worked at Ramah in the Rockies in Communications... Read More →
avatar for Erin Robbins

Erin Robbins

Director of Communications, Camp Yavneh
Erin is the director of communications at Camp Yavneh. Prior to camp, she was the founder and chief writer at Reword Nerd - a content and strategy business. Erin also has nonprofit experience in program management, fundraising, and event planning. She completed her B.A. in anthropology... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Mental Health & Community Care Professional

Speakers
avatar for Russell Birner

Russell Birner

Camp Social Worker, Camp Tel Yehudah
Russell Birner, M.S., N.C.C., is looking forward to his third summer as the mental health specialist at Camp Tel Yehudah, where he is an alumnus. He loves working with adolescents and young adults because of the monumental change a positive interaction can trigger. He believes in... Read More →
avatar for Beth Lebenson Praver

Beth Lebenson Praver

Director of Parent Engagements and Development, Eden Village Camp
Beth is the director of parent engagement and development at Eden Village Camp. She joined the full-time Eden Village staff in 2015 after a full Summer on the Camper Care team. She brings an eclectic professional background as a mental health professional, educator, and professional... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

11:45am

Session By Role: Operations, Facilities & Logistics

Speakers
avatar for Ari Wartell

Ari Wartell

Assistant Director, Operations, JCC Camp Chi
Ari is the assistant director, operations for JCC Camp Chi and the Perlstein Retreat Center. Originally from Pennsylvania, Ari graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.F.A. in stage management and technical theatre. Throughout his camp career he has used these skills each... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Zimmerman

Rebecca Zimmerman

Chief of Staff, Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds
Rebecca Zimmerman is the chief of staff of Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds (HKC), a network agency of UJA-Federation of New York. Founded in 1952, HKC manages three properties consisting of more than 525 acres, which combined, serves as home for 13 individual JCC day camps and more than... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

11:45am

Session By Role: Overnight Camp Associate Director (mid career to senior professional)

Speakers
avatar for Rachel K. Slaton

Rachel K. Slaton

Associate Director, URJ 6 Points Sports Academy- CA
Rachel K. Slaton is the founding associate camp director of URJ 6 Points Sports Academy - California and a member of FJC's Yitro IV Cohort. She has dedicated her professional life to ensuring that every Jewish child has access to Jewish education and meaningful Jewish connections... Read More →
avatar for Karen Kollins

Karen Kollins

Associate Director, URJ Camp George
Karen has been with Camp George since its inaugural season in 1999 and has helped to develop the Camp George program. A former teacher, Karen brings to camp a love for children and an understanding of children's emotional and development needs. Karen has a Masters of Education and... Read More →
avatar for Carly Weinstock

Carly Weinstock

Associate Director, Tamarack Camps
Carly is no stranger to summers at Tamarack Camps, as she began her camp journey at seven years old and has been a committed camper and staff ever since! Her previous titles include development associate, program director, assistant director and now, Carly assumes the role of associate... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Overnight Camp Director

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor

Director, Emma Kaufmann Camp
Aaron brings a unique blend of almost 15 years of professional camping experience, with time spent as the Camp Director at YMCA Camp Chingachgook, JCC Rochester's Camp Seneca Lake, and currently with the JCC of Pittsburgh's Emma Kaufmann Camp. Aaron's knowledge of our Jewish camping... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Presser Benedek

Cindy Presser Benedek

Director, Camp B'nai Brith of Ottawa
Cindy's dream has always been to return to the place where her passion for working with children was seeded - CBB of Ottawa! As a CIT, Staff, and Supervisor, Cindy began working with children at a young age, and realized right away that it was her passion! With a degree in psychology... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Overnight Camp Education & Program Professionals

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Abramson

Daniel Abramson

Curriculum Development Director, Tikkun Project at the Leo Baeck Day School
As a camper, Daniel Abramson was always the kid who walked into the dining hall covered in paint or clay. As a staff member at camp, Daniel learned how the arts can be used as a vehicle for teaching meaningful lessons and for exploring identity through thoughtful self-expression... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Session By Role: Teen & Travel Program Professionals (teen tours, service, academic, etc.)

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Biedinger

Kelly Biedinger

Director of Camp and CLTC, BBYO
Kelly Biedinger has the privilege to serve as director of camp and CLTC for BBYO, creating and operating summer immersive experiences for teens. Throughout her career, Kelly has focused on teen leadership and programming, having worked at the URJ Kutz Camp for over five years, followed... Read More →
avatar for Elyssa Ronik

Elyssa Ronik

Recruitment Manager, USY
Elyssa Ronik currently serves as the recruitment manager for USY. In this role, she oversees recruitment strategy for all areas of the organization, from Summer Experiences to regional and local programming. Prior to holding this role, Elyssa served as the lead recruiter for USY Summer... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Sessions By Role: Movement Heads, Overnight & Day Camp Executive Directors, Partner Agency Executives

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Selkow

Aaron Selkow

Executive Director, URJ Camp Harlam
Aaron Selkow is a nonprofit leader, devoted camp and youth advocate, educator, and coach. His extensive work as a Jewish communal professional and executive has afforded him the opportunity to learn from groundbreakers, partner and consult with top organizations, and mentor exceptional... Read More →
avatar for Amy Skopp Cooper

Amy Skopp Cooper

Associate Director, National Ramah
Amy Skopp Cooper has served as the associate director of the National Ramah Commission since 2004 and the executive director of the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, NY, since 1997.Previously, she served as the education director of Congregation B'nai Israel in Millburn, NJ, and as assistant... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Koplan

Michelle Koplan

Executive Director, B'nai B'rith Camp (Oregon)
Michelle Koplan has spent her career working as a Jewish communal professional, in the Jewish camp and youth / teen fields. A Portland native and graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology (1994), Michelle obtained her Certificate of the Executive... Read More →
avatar for Harrell Wittenstein

Harrell Wittenstein

Executive Director, Association of Independent Jewish Camps
Harrell Wittenstein is the executive director and co-founder of the Association of Independent Jewish Camps (AIJC). The AIJC (501c3 entity) is a membership-based association that was established to create an opportunity for independent not-for-profit Jewish camps to collaborate in... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

12:30pm

Break
Monday March 16, 2020 12:30pm - 12:45pm
TBA

12:30pm

12:44pm

Breakout Session #1
Monday March 16, 2020 12:44pm - 2:00pm
TBA

12:45pm

Israel Education: Breaking Binaries, Building Connections
https://zoom.us/j/896472140

The New Israel Fund (NIF) is building a new approach to Israel education that is rooted in critical analysis, nuanced argument, and shared community values. NIF prioritizes connection with change-makers in Israel, asking difficult questions while offering new ways to form connection and commitment to the people and the place. This session will offer an introduction and opportunity to experience components of this new curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Facilitator/Consultant, Independent Contractor
Jonah Canner is an educator, facilitator, and mentor offering spiritual, emotional, and strategic support to people and organizations doing good work in the world. His primary focus areas include racial equity, restorative justice, experiential education, and working through conflict... Read More →
avatar for Libby Lenkinski

Libby Lenkinski

VP for Public Engagement, New Israel Fund
Libby has worked at the intersection of education, politics, communications, activism, and culture related to Israel/Palestine for almost 20 years. She is the vice president for public engagement at the New Israel Fund. Prior to joining NIF, Libby lived and worked in the Israeli nonprofit... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm
TBA

12:45pm

Are We Ready for a Capital Campaign? Key Steps to Assessing Campaign Readiness
https://zoom.us/j/887869471

Most camps find themselves in need of upgrade and repair at several points throughout their evolution, but planning for capital development can be challenging. Whether you are celebrating an upcoming anniversary, building for the first time, or simply in need of significant renovations and improvements, join us as we explore the key factors for determining campaign readiness, including:

Feasibility conversations and setting a campaign goal Building a culture of giving among key groups, including alumni Setting a campaign goal Engaging professional and volunteer leadership Campaign planning Developing a case for support

Participants will leave armed with a readiness-factor checklist and sample materials.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Schiffman

Amy Schiffman

Co-Founder and Principal, Giving Tree Associates
Since founding Giving Tree Associates, Amy has helped clients raise tens of millions ofdollars. She is a fundraising adviser to Jewish communal professionals. Her recentpresentations include the JCC’s 2019 National PROCON, Prizmah's 2019 Conference andJDC's Professional Development... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

12:45pm

Creating Positive Food and Body Image Culture at Camp
https://zoom.us/j/637687506

Therapist, educator, and consultant Natalie Rothstein and writer, performer, and educator Caroline Rothstein team up in this interactive presentation and discussion around cultivating a healthy, sustainable, and supportive camp culture with regards to eating, food, and body image. Utilizing Natalie's professional expertise and Caroline's personal experiences around "Intuitive Eating" and body positivity, the goal of this session is to help camp and Jewish communal professionals feel better equipped in ensuring our campers, staff, parents, and overall camp community's engagement around these topics are rooted in both mindful culture and Jewish values.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Writer, Performer, & Educator, Caroline Rothstein
Caroline Rothstein is an internationally touring and acclaimed writer, poet, and performer. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, BuzzFeed, NYLON, Narratively, The Forward, Kveller, and elsewhere. Caroline and her work have been featured widely including in The New... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Rothstein

Natalie Rothstein

Psychotherapist, Natalie Rothstein Psychotherapy
Natalie Rothstein is a licensed clinical professional counselor. She received her bachelor's in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a master's in clinical mental health counseling from Northwestern University. Working with adults, adolescents and couples... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

12:45pm

Impact of Corona Virus and other Legal Issues Around Summer 2020
https://zoom.us/j/947450326

As we are living in the spring of coronavirus, a time of great complexity for camp organizations, join the professional and lay leadership from the Foundation for Jewish Camp in this space for free legal guidance and an open discussion for attendees to share concerns and ask questions.

Speakers
avatar for Robert J. Deutsch

Robert J. Deutsch

Attorney, Deutsch & Gottschalk, PA
Robert J. Deutsch is a Board Member of Foundation for Jewish Camp. He earned a B.A. in Economics from University of Michigan and graduated from Harvard Law School. Since 1973, he has practiced law in the Asheville, North Carolina area. His firm, now Deutsch & Gottschalk, concentrates... Read More →
avatar for Marina Lewin

Marina Lewin

Chief Operations Officer, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Marina joined Foundation for Jewish Camp as Chief Operating Officer in January, 2017, following a 30+ year high-profile career in banking. She served most recently as the Global Head of New Business Development for BNY Mellon, where she successfully managed large teams in complex... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

12:45pm

Jews of Color at Camp: An Awesome Leadership Primer
https://zoom.us/j/209414794

As the Jewish community continues to become more inclusive and as Jewish demographics continue to shift in the direction of greater diversity--in multiple categories--Jewish life is becoming increasingly colorful! With regard to Jewish racial and ethnic diversity, the Jewish camping system has an enormous opportunity and the potential to be on the leading edge of Jewish racial and ethnic inclusion and equity. This is good because Jewish families of color and multiracial Jewish families are a growing market and will be for the foreseeable future. In this session facilitated by the URJ's immediate past VP of Audacious Hospitality April N. Baskin, we'll start by covering who are Jews of Color and then quickly transition to brass tacks regarding how to best leverage your camp's existing strengths to begin taking on greater racial & ethnic inclusion efforts, as well as how to handle roadblocks and challenges. An alum of URJ Camps Swig/Newman and a joy advocate, April is also committed to this content-rich session being both fun and authentic--no holds barred. So come prepared with any and all questions and we'll cover as much as we can!

Speakers
avatar for April Baskin

April Baskin

Principal, Joyous Justice - Professional Consulting & Life Coaching
Keshet’s 2019 recipient of the Landres Courage for Dignity Award, April N. Baskin is a consultant and certified life and business coach with 17 years' experience in Jewish DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) leadership including training, education, public speaking, and executive... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

12:45pm

Leading From the Middle
https://zoom.us/j/961578325

Middle management can be a funny place. Senior enough to make big decisions and supervise staff, but not the power to make organizational change. In this session, Diana Bloom will address the challenges of 'Leading From the Middle' and offer ideas and tools for middle managers to succeed. We will explore what 'managing up' means and doesn't, why managing up matters, and guidelines for managing up. Come to discuss strategies on how to proactively build productive relationships with your supervisor in order to obtain the best possible results for you, for them, and our organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Bloom

Diana Bloom

Consultant, Diana Bloom
Productivity and efficiency coach Diana Bloom travels internationally, teaching take-away actionable systems to achieve higher productivity and efficiency in all areas of an organization. Diana has spent her summers as head counselor at URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, GA, supervising... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

12:45pm

Lessons from the College Classroom: Building Social-Emotional Learning Skills in Young Adults & Our Camp Counselors
https://zoom.us/j/806580093

Each summer, individuals aged 18-22 become camp counselors, which entails the adult-like responsibilities of rational decision-making, prioritizing others’ needs, and role modeling. Young adulthood (i.e. late adolescence) is the stage when individuals navigate the transition to adulthood by accepting more significant responsibilities, learn the full consequences of poor decisions, and manage multiple tasks with limited direction. Recent discussions surrounding staff mental health and behavioral challenges prompt us to reflect upon young adult’s developmental needs in different environments. Camp administrators encounter similar challenges with their staff that professors experience the nine months prior. Experiences gained from teaching and mentoring young adults can serve to broaden one’s understanding of the developmental needs that may influence their work behaviors, particularly as camp counselors. As a result, modifications to teaching and mentoring strategies sought to address young adult’s developmental needs while still holding them accountable for their work. These strategies differ from the original managerial strategies I employed earlier in my career, which could have enhanced my effectiveness as a camp administrator. This session will focus on identifying strategies to address young adult social-emotional learning skills (i.e. self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making) so they may form positive relationships with campers and role model appropriate attitudes and behaviors.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Owens

Megan Owens

Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University
Dr. Megan Owens is an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration at Western Illinois University. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign specializing in youth development practices in the Department... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

12:45pm

2:00pm

Break
Monday March 16, 2020 2:00pm - 2:10pm
TBA

2:00pm

2:10pm

Mini-session #1
We are excited to highlight innovations and bright spots happening all across the field of Jewish camp! These bite-sized 30 minute sessions will showcase successful initiatives, programs, marketing and fundraising ideas and so much more – all for you to steal and bring home to your camp and community.

Monday March 16, 2020 2:10pm - 2:40pm
TBA

2:10pm

2:10pm

Beit Midrash: Value of Relationships at a Time of Isolation
https://zoom.us/j/637687506

Together we will explore text of friendship and being seen as we realize the importance of the relationships we foster at camp.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow

Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow

VP, Innovation and Education, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Before joining Foundation for Jewish Camp in 2008, Avi was the Campus Rabbi and Assistant Director of the St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and has held numerous positions as rabbi, educator, and youth leader. He spent 17 years as a camper and then educator at Ramah Camps... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:10pm - 2:40pm
TBA

2:10pm

Burn your Camp Down
https://zoom.us/j/806580093

How do you sustain culture through crisis? I will tell the story of my two camps' most recent summer operating at a new location after burning down in the 2018 California Wildfires. You'll experience short narratives coupled with opportunities to articulate and envision what your organizations look like when every tangible element is stripped away. We're using my camps' current circumstances to brainstorm how we can all reevaluate our organizations' cultural priorities and systems. We'll discuss:

1) The Story - How we mobilized in the immediate aftermath of the fires, sustained our community outreach, and embraced a new space.
2) Our Focus - How we doubled down on our culture, trained our staff, and established multiple systems of communication and feedback in order to create staff and communal buy-in.
3) Adaptation - How we seized new programmatic and systemic opportunities while retaining our essence. Also, how we talked about the fires with our kids.
4) What We Learned - How we got better, and what the fires taught us about what we should have been doing as an organization regardless of the circumstances.

Speakers
avatar for Ari Kaplan

Ari Kaplan

Assistant Director, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps
Ari Kaplan grew up a total summer camp kid, attending Camp Hess Kramer every year he was eligible. After graduating with a B.S. in music from Indiana University, he worked as a songleader and music educator until becoming an assistant director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps in... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:10pm - 2:40pm
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2:10pm

Culinary Camp Year One! A new Camp next to our Traditonal Camp.
https://zoom.us/j/947450326

As part of the FJC's Competitive Edge program, we opened a Culinary Camp last summer. Come hear about what we learned in our first summer and the nine months that have passed since!

Speakers
avatar for Adam Weinstein

Adam Weinstein

Executive Director, Berksshire Hills Culinary Camp
Adam joined Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp in 2012 after seven years as the Executive Director of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey; the accrediting body for camps. Adam grew up in not for profit values based camping and is excited to be leading a vibrant values... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:10pm - 2:40pm
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2:10pm

Open the Gates of Justice: Camp Songs for These Times
https://zoom.us/j/648914458

Learn and sing easy, teachable songs that give voice and Jewish context to the justice struggles of our time. Some new, some already catching hold in the Jewish world, these songs are many things. They are tools for conversation; reasons to feel hopeful; roadmap to help us find our voices as we build and shape the culture of our camp communities and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Chana Rothman

Chana Rothman

Musician-in-Residence
Chana Rothman is a Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter/educator. She began her Jewish music career at summer camp, where she fell in love with songleading. Over 20 years and zillions of camps later, she is still singing with people of all ages in all kinds of places from classrooms... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:10pm - 2:40pm
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2:10pm

Stewarding and Engaging Stakeholders with purpose
https://zoom.us/j/887869471

For the past 10 years Eisner and Crane Lake Camps have hosted a summer event geared at stewarding and engaging our stakeholder community. The Summer Stakeholder Assembly is attended by more than 300 donors, clergy, temple leaders, alumni and other community members who care about the future of camp. We have used this vehicle to show the impact of our collective efforts, highlight new innovations, and engage our camp family in joining us to achieve our recruitment and fundraising goals. From theme setting to development of the program, this session will give you the ins and outs of planning a large scale event during the summer. Toegether, we will learn how to engage lay leaders in the planning and how to limit the disruption to campers and staff. We will walk away with event planning tools and concrete examples of how this event has achieved the goal of stewarding and cultivating donors, and helped with our recruitment of campers and staff.

Speakers
avatar for Kadie Black

Kadie Black

Director of Development aka Curator of Fun, URJ Northeast Camps
Kadie Black joined the URJ Northeast Camps team in February 2018. She brings a passion for Jewish camping and extensive relationship management experience. Prior to joining the URJ Northeast Camp team, Kadie worked as the manager of philanthropy for Women of Reform Judaism, and was... Read More →
avatar for Mike Klau

Mike Klau

Travel Agent, Travel Center
Mike Klau is the URJ Northeast Camps #1 ambassador! Mike lives in Brookline, MA with his wife Michele. They are proud parents of two children, Ken and Susan. Mike’s parents moved the family of six to Puerto Rico when Mike was nine, where they helped found Temple Beth Shalom, the... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:10pm - 2:40pm
TBA

2:10pm

The Other 9 Months of the Year for Staff?
https://zoom.us/j/209414794

This session will aim to push the audience to think about ways for seasonal staff to become part of the year around camp planning and programming process. Together we will examine possible models that will work to create a sense of ownership among the full-time director team and the staff community. We will think about the needs and different areas where staff can be supportive and thought partners as well as create meaningful relationships before the summer starts.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Ghan

Matthew Ghan

Assistant Regional Advisor, NFTY SOCAL , Cornerstone Fellow Alumni, FJC, FJC, URJ Camp Newman, NFTY SOCAL
Matthew is originally from San Jose, California and is a senior at Chapman University majoring in communication studies. He has served as the president, engagement intern, and development intern of Chapman Hillel. Currently, he serves on Hillel International's Student Cabinet. Matthew... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:10pm - 2:40pm
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2:44pm

Wellness & Networking
Monday March 16, 2020 2:44pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Networking Group - Career Switchers (joined the field from another industry recently)

Speakers
avatar for Yoni Saposh

Yoni Saposh

Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, Chief Operating Office
Yoni Saposh is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, managing all the finances and operations of the camp. Prior to this role he had been with BlackRock Financial Management as a Managing Director. Additionally, Yoni is a Trustee of the Jewish Theological... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
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2:45pm

Networking Group - Clergy (Rabbis, Cantors, etc.)

Speakers
avatar for Mike Mellen

Mike Mellen

President, Lead Coach, Iron and Sage, Inc.
As an executive, organizational, and personal coach, trainer, and facilitator with his company, Iron and Sage, Inc., Michael focuses on leadership excellence, relationship building, and change. He has served as coach, trainer, facilitator, consultant, and mentor in a number of settings... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
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2:45pm

2:45pm

Networking Group - Female Identified Jewish Camp Executive Directors

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Koplan

Michelle Koplan

Executive Director, B'nai B'rith Camp (Oregon)
Michelle Koplan has spent her career working as a Jewish communal professional, in the Jewish camp and youth / teen fields. A Portland native and graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology (1994), Michelle obtained her Certificate of the Executive... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
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2:45pm

Networking Group - Jews of Color

Speakers
avatar for April Baskin

April Baskin

Principal, Joyous Justice - Professional Consulting & Life Coaching
Keshet’s 2019 recipient of the Landres Courage for Dignity Award, April N. Baskin is a consultant and certified life and business coach with 17 years' experience in Jewish DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) leadership including training, education, public speaking, and executive... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Networking Group - LGBTQ Identified

Speakers
avatar for Debby Shriber

Debby Shriber

Executive Director, URJ Northeast Camps and Youth
Debby Shriber is proud to be the Executive Director of the Northeast Camp and the Director of Crane Lake Camp. She’s been with URJ Camps since 2009 and has worked in the camping field for over 19 years. For 9 years she directed Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village, a JCC overnight camp... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Networking Group - My Partner/Spouse and I Both Work Full-Time for Camp

Speakers
avatar for Anna Blumenfeld Herman

Anna Blumenfeld Herman

Camp Director, URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp
Anna is so excited to be the Director of the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp. Anna grew up in Dothan, AL, and began attending the Henry S. Jacobs Camp at age 11. In addition to being a camper, Anna also was a counselor and unit head. Following graduation from the University of Alabama, she... Read More →
avatar for Nadav Herman

Nadav Herman

Operations Director
Nadav Herman grew up in the Golan Heights, Israel where he first discovered his love of adventure. At the age of 4 Nadav left his Kibbutz and rode his tricycle to the neighboring village. Fast forward to 2008 when he rode his bike across the USA!Nadav has been at Jacobs Camp since... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Networking Group - New Parents/Camp Pros with Young Children at Camp

Speakers
avatar for Rachel

Rachel "Sas" Saslove

Director, Hashomer Hatzair Camp Shomria Canada
For as long as she can remember (and even a little bit before), camp has been an integral part of Rachel’s life. Known to camp friends, families, and colleagues as “Sas”, she has spent the past three decades working her way through camping as a “staff brat”, camper, CIT... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Networking Group - Part of Multi-Faith Partnership/Family

Speakers
avatar for Jill Goldstein Smith

Jill Goldstein Smith

Senior Program Manager, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Jill is a Senior Program Manager at Foundation for Jewish Camp working on leadership development, innovative Jewish education, mental health, and social-emotional learning initiatives. Her love of Jewish summer camp started in 1997 at URJ Camp Coleman as a camper, and she continued... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Networking Group - Persons with Disabilities

Speakers
avatar for Howard Blas

Howard Blas

Director, National Ramah Tikvah Network
Howard Blas currently serves as director of the National Ramah Tikvah Network of the National Ramah Commission and of the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in Northern California. (https://www.campramah.org/tikvah-programs). Howard previously served as the director of the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England for 15 years. Howard has led five Tikvah Ramah Israel trips. And served as group leader for four Shorashim Birthright Asperger trips to Israel. Howard is currently traveling across the United States, visiting innovative jobs sites and... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Chesed/Lovingkindness Meditation Practice
https://zoom.us/j/648914458 Take a breath! Join in a relaxing 30-minute pop-up meditation focused on chesed (the Jewish value of lovingkindness) – all are welcome, no experience necessary! Alison will share resources on mediation so you can bring programming back to your camp or community.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter

Mystic-in-Residence
Alison Laichter is a consultant, facilitator, meditation teacher, urban planner, community organizer, and former Brooklynite, now based in southern California. She designs and facilitates immersive experiences, leads meetings and retreats, coaches individuals at all levels, builds... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

Daf Yomi

Speakers
avatar for Amy Bardack

Amy Bardack

Director of Jewish Life and Learning, Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh
Rabbi Amy Bardack is the director of Jewish life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. She runs "Daf Yomi Pittsburgh," which supports a community of learners, publicizes local classes, and shares resources.


Monday March 16, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

3:20pm

Mini-session #2
We are excited to highlight innovations and bright spots happening all across the field of Jewish camp! These bite-sized 30 minute sessions will showcase successful initiatives, programs, marketing and fundraising ideas and so much more – all for you to steal and bring home to your camp and community.

Monday March 16, 2020 3:20pm - 3:50pm
TBA

3:20pm

3:20pm

A Child Safety Audit: Gleanings and Learnings
https://zoom.us/j/896472140

In the summer of 2018, Camp Ramah in the Berskhires was the first camp to invite Sacred Spaces to come to camp and help improve our procedures, policies, and approaches to child safety. This session will present some of what we learned from that experience, from how to prepare the community for the visit, to how to think about, and act upon, the findings. In addition, the session will discuss some of the ways in which an audit of this sort can help move a camp forward on issues that, at first glance, do not fall within the definition of child safety.

Speakers
avatar for Ethan Linden

Ethan Linden

Director, Camp Ramah in the Berkshires
Rabbi Ethan Linden is the director of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, a position he has held for four years. He grew up in Pittbsurgh Pennsylvania and attended Cornell University (Like Andy from “The Office). He spent two year as the assistant director of Camp Ramah in the New England... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Pitkoff

Danielle Pitkoff

Program Manager, Sacred Spaces


Monday March 16, 2020 3:20pm - 3:50pm
TBA

3:20pm

Beit Midrash: Tisha B’av in a Time of Isolation
https://zoom.us/j/947450326

Together we will re-explore Tisha B’av in the context of our current crisis.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow

Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow

VP, Innovation and Education, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Before joining Foundation for Jewish Camp in 2008, Avi was the Campus Rabbi and Assistant Director of the St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and has held numerous positions as rabbi, educator, and youth leader. He spent 17 years as a camper and then educator at Ramah Camps... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 3:20pm - 3:50pm
TBA

3:20pm

Building An Accurate Budget Through Revenue and Expense Mapping
https://zoom.us/j/806580093

Hooray! It's the most non "campy" part of our jobs AND the part that allows us to run the sort of life-changing programs we crave. Join Aaron for this hands-on look at how we can dissect revenues and expenses, and map out their place in our budgets - so that we're always ready to understand how new revenues, or expenses, impact our bottom line. Bonus points* if you bring your computer with you.

*Disclaimer: bonus points are handed out subjectively, and are not redeemable for anything at all. They're still nice to have, right?

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor

Director, Emma Kaufmann Camp
Aaron brings a unique blend of almost 15 years of professional camping experience, with time spent as the Camp Director at YMCA Camp Chingachgook, JCC Rochester's Camp Seneca Lake, and currently with the JCC of Pittsburgh's Emma Kaufmann Camp. Aaron's knowledge of our Jewish camping... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 3:20pm - 3:50pm
TBA

3:20pm

Building Community Through Communication
https://zoom.us/j/648914458

Camps are experts at building community when everyone is the same space, however the challenge is how we can continue to build and strengthen the feeling of belonging when we are not "together". This session is an opportunity to learn about simple communication strategies that JCamp has used to build our community and provide inexpensive opportunities for connection and engagement that have helped our program grow 144% over the last four summers. This session is geared towards programs looking to grow their numbers, find new and inexpensive ways of connecting with campers and learning about how to create a year round communication strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Edana Appel

Edana Appel

Director, Westside JCC
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Edana Appel was an active member of the Jewish community throughout her life and basically grew up at the JCC in El Paso from Preschool to the Assistant Coach of the Swim Team. She was a member of Young Judaea\'s regional and National Board and completed... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 3:20pm - 3:50pm
TBA

3:20pm

Camp Sababa: Where a Thriving Jewish Community Comes to Life
https://zoom.us/j/887869471

What happens when you are walking down the street in Tel Aviv and someone asks you how you are feeling, and you are feeling great? You answer, “Sababa”!

What happens when a collaboration of Jewish organizations put their heads together to create a new innovative Jewish education initiative? The answer, “Camp Sababa of course!”

Camp Sababa is a new innovative Jewish day camp experience for first – fourth graders that was piloted this past summer as part of the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit day camp offerings. The program was a unique collaborative effort by the Jewish Community Center, Tamarack Camps, Temple Beth El, Temple Israel, Temple Kol Ami, and Temple Shir Shalom and supported through a Berman Family Jewish Education grant from Metropolitan Detroit Jewish Federation. It was a place where children and their families came together to learn, celebrate and enjoy Jewish life.
This session will describe what happens when like-minded Jewish organizations break down barriers and come together to expand time and space for Jewish learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Lasday

Jeffrey Lasday

Chief Operating Officer, Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit
Jeffrey Lasday is the chief operating officer of the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit. Previous to joining the JCC’s leadership team Jeff worked at Jewish Federation of Metropolitan as the director of the alliance for Jewish education and senior director for community... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 3:20pm - 3:50pm
TBA

3:20pm

Happy and Healthy Staff Equals Happy and Healthy Campers: Exploring a Framework for Realistic Staff Self-Care in a Camp Setting
https://zoom.us/j/961578325

We know that levels of anxiety and depression are on the rise among our camper and staff populations. Many of our staff come to work at camp with pre-existing mental health challenges and for others, the camp environment can be the first place where an issue emerges. Drawing upon the research of Dr. Dan Siegel, interpersonal neuropsychiatrist at UCLA, and his "healthy mind platter", this workshop will explore the 7 essential mental activities needed for optimal functioning and how they show up at camp (sleep, play, downtime, physical time, time-in, focus-time, connecting time). You will come away with a staff self-care assessment tool that can be used in staff training as well as a look at how we as camp administrators can design camp systems and structures to support optimal staff self-care.

Speakers
avatar for Aviva Levine Jacobs

Aviva Levine Jacobs

Director of Camper Care, Camp Ramah in CA
Aviva completed a joint degree in psychology and Judaic studies at Brown University. She received her Pys.D. in clinical psychology from the CA School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco with a focus on children and families. Aviva has worked as a therapist supporting children... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 3:20pm - 3:50pm
TBA

3:20pm

How to Create A Successful Jewish Camp with Non-Jewish Staff
https://zoom.us/j/637687506

Many Jewish camps today are struggling to recruit and retain staff. Our need for Jewish staff means that our pool of possible candidates is incredibly small. We are competing against internships, parents who do not see camp as worthwhile and natural attrition. Some camps are finding it necessary to hire non-Jewish staff because they simply cannot find enough Jewish staff members.

How do we run a truly Jewish camp with non-Jewish staff? During this session we will address this question, and offer practical, take-away suggestions about building culture, specific activities for staff training and how to use staff diversity to market camp to families. Help your camp market itself to non-Jewish staff who may be intimidated by the prospect of spending the summer in an immersive Jewish space. This will be an interactive session where we will talk candidly about our assumptions about building a Jewish camp with non-Jewish staff and address the discomfort head-on.

Speakers

Monday March 16, 2020 3:20pm - 3:50pm
TBA

3:20pm

If This is Your Land, Then Where are your Stories?
https://zoom.us/j/209414794

In this session, participants will consider the relationship between personal narratives and Land. Our personal and communal identities are shaped by the places where we are, as well as those that we have been displaced from.
In Canada, communities have begun to formally name the First Nations communities that were stewards of the Land before the arrival of Europeans, and have begun to recognize that we have not been telling the stories of our Camp from the beginning.
Through interactive reflection and creative mapping activities we will pose generative questions to help camps begin to learn about importance of bringing Indigenous narratives about the Land back into our camp communities in a way that invites the authentic restoration of relationships with Indigenous Nations who have an enduring presence on these Lands.

Speakers
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Facilitator/Consultant, Independent Contractor
Jonah Canner is an educator, facilitator, and mentor offering spiritual, emotional, and strategic support to people and organizations doing good work in the world. His primary focus areas include racial equity, restorative justice, experiential education, and working through conflict... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Abramson

Daniel Abramson

Curriculum Development Director, Tikkun Project at the Leo Baeck Day School
As a camper, Daniel Abramson was always the kid who walked into the dining hall covered in paint or clay. As a staff member at camp, Daniel learned how the arts can be used as a vehicle for teaching meaningful lessons and for exploring identity through thoughtful self-expression... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 3:20pm - 3:50pm
TBA

3:50pm

Break
Monday March 16, 2020 3:50pm - 4:00pm
TBA

3:50pm

3:59pm

4:00pm

Break Through Fundraising: Unleash Your and Your Organization's Potential
https://zoom.us/j/887869471

As the world of philanthropy is shaped in coming years by the greatest intergeneration wealth transfer in history, with tens of trillions of dollars passed down in the next half-century, the field of Jewish philanthropy is replete with possibilities. And yet, many professionals who are charged with fundraising responsibilities encounter significant challenges in their efforts to achieve excellence. Why is this so, and what can we do to change these circumstances ?

Together, we will:
Learn about the pillars of a development program and complementary campaign plan so we may implement a robust fundraising practice.

Craft a compelling value narrative and practice effective storytelling that will yield philanthropic investment.

Infuse major donor prospect pipeline strategies with new vigor by focusing both on middle tier upgrade strategies, and best places and methodologies to source for new major donors/prospects.

Optimize the potential of major donor relationship development and stewardship program through an integrated and collaborative approach that draws upon the power of the summer camp's mission and impact.

This workshop is designed for professionals who are charged with fundraising responsibilities and are in a position to help strengthen a culture of philanthropy.


Speakers
avatar for Andrea Wasserman

Andrea Wasserman

President, Social Profit Ventures
Throughout her twenty-five year career in the field of development, Andrea Wasserman has proven to be an innovative leader who brings joy to the art and science of organizational development to achieve social benefit. Andrea designs strategic plans and fundraising strategies, and... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm
TBA

4:00pm

Crisis Communications in the Age of Coronavirus
https://zoom.us/j/896472140

Camping professionals are by definition crisis communicators. Like diplomats supporting Americans during a coup overseas or aid workers rescuing people from a natural disaster, when you are charged with caring for other people's children, you must embody calm, trust, and leadership to your camp community and your stakeholders at all times, let alone those of high stress. During this session, Shai Korman and Moira Whelan will draw on their 30 years combined experience working in national security to guide the audience through key principles of crisis communications, including internal and external information-sharing, stakeholder-mapping, message development, message discipline, media relations, and more. Shai and Moira will address crisis communications in the context of the current coronavirus pandemic and participants will walk away with a sense of the follow-up steps their organizations should to take to have effective crisis communications plans.
While serving in the U.S. Department of State, Moira and Shai managed communications to global audiences on the U.S. response to crises ranging from evacuations of American citizens during the Arab Spring to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moira brings rich experience leading emergency response communications, notably at USAID during the Haiti earthquake. Shai managed the State Department’s team of global spokespeople and he brings a lifelong love of Jewish camp, as a second generation Young Judaean and alum of Sprout Lake and Tel Yehuda. Shai’s two children will attend Sprout Lake in summer 2020.

Speakers
avatar for Moira Whelan

Moira Whelan

BlueDot Strategies, Founding Partner
Moira is a founding partner of BlueDot Strategies and specializes in international engagement and technology. Moira has more than 15 years in senior positions at the forefront of building and executing communications strategies in the nonprofit and national security community.Moira... Read More →
avatar for Shai Korman

Shai Korman

Director of Communications, Center for a New American Security
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Montreal, Shai’s story begins like so many of his generation – at summer camp. A second generation Young Judaean, Shai’s summers at Sprout Lake and Tel Yehuda turned into a lifelong journey of leadership development, diplomacy, and a passion for communication.During over a decade at the U.S. Department of State, Shai was instrumental in developing the federal government’s global media strategy for major national security and foreign... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm
TBA

4:00pm

Esports and Your Camp: Building Relationships Year-Round
https://zoom.us/j/209414794

The biggest “Next Big Thing” we’ve ever seen is upon us. Its name? ESPORTS. Competitive video gaming, a billion dollar industry, is moving rapidly into the youth market and will be with us for decades. Over 90% of kids play video games and 72% play and/or watch esports online. It’s a phenomenon no one in the camping world can afford to ignore—but what role can video games play in the active, unplugged world of camp? The answers—year round promotion of your brand, keeping cabin groups connected, building relationships with your campers’ families—may be more appealing than you expect!

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Solomon

Jeff Solomon

Chairman & CEO, Cowen
Jeffrey M. Solomon is chairman and chief executive officer of Cowen Inc., a diversified financial services firm offering investment banking services, equity and credit research, sales and trading, prime brokerage, global clearing, commission management services and actively managed... Read More →
avatar for Lenny Silberman

Lenny Silberman

Founder & CEO, Lost Tribe Esports
With four decades of visionary leadership in the Jewish communal world, Silberman has specialized in capturing teen enthusiasm for sports, camp, travel, etc. and transforming it into Jewish identity-building experiences and life-long connections to Jewish life. He is the only Jewish... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm
TBA

4:00pm

Getting to Know Your Campers Before They Get on the Bus!
https://zoom.us/j/637687506

Does your camper care intake process approach need a refresh? This session will explore how you can set the stage for knowing all of your campers before they get on the bus! Campers are needier than ever before. Mental Health and Behavioral challenges are on the rise. Our young camp staff are struggling too. Franki is an expert in strategic oversight of camper care including emotional, behavioral and mental health across all camper programs, including staff support.
This session will touch on:
• Determining what questions should be on the “MESH” section of your health forms Perfecting the daily management and continuous training of your staff and professional team.
• Refining intake procedures
• Reading between the lines on all camper and staff forms Determining who gets calls, who calls, and what is the script- perfect the parent/camp relationship
• Keeping seasonal leadership staff in the loop and engaged during the off season
• Learning the art of the parent meeting
• Refining your process of prepping notes for pre-camp so they are useable for young staff and leadership staff

Speakers
avatar for Franki Bagdade

Franki Bagdade

FAAB Conulting, Academic and Behavioral Consultant
Franki has over 20 years of experience in the world of children with extra needs - non-traditional learning environments, camping, and everything in between. In the more traditional environment, Franki has worked in all types of classrooms from special needs resource room to general... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm
TBA

4:00pm

In Complex Times: Creating a Secure Camp Community
https://zoom.us/j/806580093

Few environments are as impactful for the strength of Jewish life and community than our camping system. At the same time, and while North America remains one of the safest places in the world to be Jewish, we are confronting the reality of daily acts of harassment, intimidation, and – in certain cases – violence.

For these reasons, ensuring a professional, consistent, best-practice approach to safety and security in our camping environments is recognized – more than ever – as not merely a requirement, but a responsibility: to address risk management and liability issues as well as, most importantly, to protect our children and those who are dedicated to their betterment.

This session will explore an overview of safety and security issues in the camping environment as well as best practices – from facility to staff preparedness and communication strategies, with an emphasis on effective, low-cost/no-cost solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Masters

Michael Masters

National Director & CEO, Secure Community Network
Michael G. Masters is the National Director & CEO of the Secure Community Network, the official safety and security initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.Previously, Masters served as the Senior... Read More →
avatar for Brad Orsini

Brad Orsini

Senior National Security Advisor, Secure Community Network
Bradley W. Orsini joined the Secure Community Network (SCN) as the Senior National Security Advisor in January 2020. SCN is the official safety and security organization for the Jewish community in North America, formed under the auspices ofThe Jewish Federations of North America... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm
TBA

4:00pm

Leading Teen Girls to Find their Voices
https://zoom.us/j/648914458

Camp is a perfect setting for teenage girls to practice speaking up in a supportive and immersive environment. As camp leaders, how can we deliberately create opportunities for them to advocate for themselves and share their (popular or unpopular) opinions, thereby getting into habits that will be useful to them in high school and college, eventually in their careers, and in their personal lives? These behaviors will also help the campers communicate more effectively among themselves, leading to a more positive atmosphere in the bunks and beyond.
This session will address these questions and provide tools that counselors can use to help their female campers find their voices, especially the quieter and more reticent ones. It will include specific techniques for group activities (including how to infuse them with Jewish content) as well as suggestions for ways in which counselors can subtly encourage specific campers to assert themselves over the course of the summer.

Speakers
avatar for Maya Dolgin

Maya Dolgin

Founder and CEO, BraverMe
Maya Dolgin is the founder and CEO of BraverMe. With over a decade of experience in leadership training and public speaking coaching, Maya offers customized one-on-one sessions and group workshops for sharpening communications skills and realizing career potential.Maya previously... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm
TBA

4:00pm

Staff Recruitment, Development and Retention - Technical Problem or Adaptive Challenge?
https://zoom.us/j/947450326

Recruiting, retaining and developing camp staff is a foundation to extra-ordinary camp experiences. And while we may think a lot of these practices are common sense and common practices, the ecosystem for camp staff and intern has been shifting significantly.
This session will help you explore your people challenges through an Adaptive Leadership lens and help you distinguish the more routine technical components from the more difficult adaptive parts of the problem that require new approaches and collective learning.
A thorough analysis enables you to generate a variety of interventions and solutions, and to apply them more effectively. We will also explore what it means to lead by ‘giving the work back’ to your community, rather than succumbing to the pressure to take it off their shoulders. It requires you to get on the balcony, see more and then help people to learn.
At the end of the session you will have
- Explored the distinction between technical problems with clear solutions and adaptive challenges with no obvious solution in the context of people challenges in your camp
- Diagnosed the different perspectives in the ecosystem through a systemic lens and
- Developed strategies to manage, and in some cases, instigate conflict as a way to produce new ideas and solutions

This session builds from the Adaptive Leadership framework developed at Harvard Kennedy School by Ronald Heifetz and his colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Koehler

Michael Koehler

CEO and Adjunct Professor for Leadership, KONU LLC | New York University
Michael is the CEO of KONU. His leadership development work draws on his experience as an entrepreneur, professional dancer, and educator.Michael teaches leadership at NYU Wagner. He holds master's degrees in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and in education from... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm
TBA

4:00pm

THE INTENTIONAL CAMP: How to Put More Muscle in Our Mission by Making Sure We Really Do What We Say We are Doing
https://zoom.us/j/961578325

 Michael coined the term “The Intentional Camp” years ago to describe places that are truly driven by the specific mission of building great people through the camp experience. The real purpose of camp is not just fun and “making memories.” The best camps reach for an even higher goal: using the fun and experiential activities of camp to teach skills for lifetime success, embodiment of Jewish values, and outstanding character. Based on his 2018 best-selling book, Growing Great Qualities in Kids, Michael brings his trademark, “use-it-immediately” tools and dynamic energy to this exciting session that shows us how to be sure that we make this happen every day. For example: Do we really teach how to make friends? Do we have special techniques to be sure our program teaches persistence and respect? We can do this and more. You’ll take home training activities and specific techniques to inspire and lead staff to make real differences in our program participants that will last a lifetime.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Brandwein

Michael Brandwein

Educator/speaker/staff trainer
Michael (michaelbrandwein.com) is a nationally award-winning expert on youth development and training for camps, schools, and other youth programs. His reputation is international: He has presented in all 50 states and on six of the seven continents. Michael is the number one best-selling... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm
TBA

4:00pm

5:15pm

Break
Monday March 16, 2020 5:15pm - 5:30pm
TBA

5:15pm

5:29pm

5:30pm

Abuse Prevention and Child Safety Best Practices: Boundaries and How to Protect Your Campers and Your Staff
https://zoom.us/j/896472140

Establishing boundary guidelines at camps can be challenging. In an era of increasing scrutiny on these issues, how do you protect your campers from abusers and your staff from avoiding the appearance of impropriety while they develop close relationships to your campers?  This presentation aims to convey that establishing and discussing boundary guidelines in the camp environment should not be about instilling fear, rather effective boundary guidelines do just the opposite - they empower counselors to cultivate bonds with campers that are appropriate while fostering leadership skills. We will learn how to approach these conversations in a way that achieves the delicate balance between fostering community and keeping camps (both campers and staff) safe.

Speakers
avatar for Rahel Bayar

Rahel Bayar

Managing Director - Sexual Misconduct Consulting and Investigation Division, T&M Protection
Rahel Bayar is a managing director at T&M protection in their sexual misconduct consulting and investigations division where she consults on policies and procedures and creating safe spaces, conducts investigations into historical abuse allegation, sexual harassment and boundary violations... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 5:30pm - 6:45pm
TBA

5:30pm

Boy to Mentsch: Exploring Jewish American Masculinity
https://zoom.us/j/961578325

Toxic masculinity. The Nice Jewish Boy. #MeToo. With high-powered and successful Jewish figures like Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, and Jeffrey Tambor being indicted in the #MeToo movement, this is a critical moment for Jewish men to reflect on what it truly means to be a mentsch. Jewish masculinity and the Nice Jewish Boy ideal can present a healthy alternative to the violence and brute strength glorified in hegemonic masculinity with values like intellect, kindness and family. At the same time, these archetypes can create significant pressure for external success (wealth, career) and re-enforce harmful gender divisions in the home. This session explores the challenges and opportunities for campers as they grapple with developing a positive sense of identity as Jewish men. The workshop will also provide you with strategies to engage campers in these critical conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Fleitman

Dana Fleitman

Associate Advisor, Stalking Prevention, Awareness and Resource Center (SPARC) of AEquitas
As an Associate Advisor with SPARC, Dana Fleitman (M.A.Ed.H.D.) develops resources on stalking and provides training and technical assistance. She is also a consultant with Jewish Women International (JWI), where she is developing a documentary exploring Jewish American masculinity... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 5:30pm - 6:45pm
TBA

5:30pm

Bugs and Hugs...What We’ve Learned from 100,000 Camper Experiences and How It’s Changing Overnight Jewish Camping
https://zoom.us/j/209414794

For more than a decade, Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Summation Research Group have partnered on Camper Satisfaction Insights (CSI), a yearly, in-depth study of camper satisfaction throughout North American Jewish Camps. On behalf of FJC, Summation will present a 'deep dive' into results over the past few years in a discussion regarding key trends related to characteristics like camp size, geography, gender, first time vs. returning campers, etc. With the help of several camp professionals, we will also examine how CSI has been used to make adjustments/changes in camp operations and programming, including the ways the study has influenced decisions related to Jewish life at camp and communications strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Denham

Linda Denham

Senior Associate, Summation Research Group, Inc.
Linda Denham is senior associate at Summation Research and has been working extensively on FJC’s Camper Satisfaction Insights (CSI) study and One Happy Camper (OHC) applicant research for over 6 years. Linda is a seasoned business professional with 31 years of diverse, cross-functional... Read More →
avatar for Mark Sass

Mark Sass

President, Summation Research Group, Inc.
Mark Sass is the founder and president of the Summation Research Group, established in 1995. Summation designed and has led Foundation for Jewish Camp's Camper Satisfaction Insights (CSI) Study since 2006 and also partners with FJC on Staff Satisfaction Insights (SSI) and One Happy... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 5:30pm - 6:45pm
TBA

5:30pm

It’s Hard to Have a Crystal Ball…Contingency Planning for Summer 2020
https://zoom.us/j/648914458

Join the lay and professional leadership from the American Camp Association for a group discussion about the next few weeks and months ahead.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Rosenberg

Tom Rosenberg

President and Chief Executive Officer, American Camp Association
Tom Rosenberg is the president and chief executive officer of the American Camp Association. Tom has a distinguished career in the camp profession and a long resume of service to ACA. He most recently served as the executive director of Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina... Read More →
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Scott Brody

American Camp Association, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Board Member
Scott is the Board Chair of the American Camp Association and a Board Member of Foundation for Jewish Camp. Scott is an educator and thought leader in the areas of 21st-century learning, workforce development, and child development. He is the founder of Everwood Day Camp in Sharon... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 5:30pm - 6:45pm
TBA

5:30pm

Mental Health and Staff Training
https://zoom.us/j/806580093

In this workshop, we will talk about how to train summer staff in spotting red flags, asking the right questions, and taking that information up the ladder. We will troubleshoot issues that camp leadership have faced with training their staff around mental health, ideas to fix that moving forward, and camps will have the opportunity to share best practices. We will leave with ideas and concrete resources as we begin planning your staff training for summer 2020.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Schuller

Pamela Schuller

Director, Here.Now., Here.Now. through The Jewish Board
Pamela Rae Schuller is an internationally known disability and mental health advocate and professional stand-up comedian. Pamela’s stories of growing up with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are engaging, powerful, a little bit heart-wrenching, and unapologetically... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 5:30pm - 6:45pm
TBA

5:30pm

StoryMaker "Heart of the Story" Workshop
https://zoom.us/j/887869471

A camp's impact is in the stories of those touched by its work - the campers, staff, parents, donors... So how can we best capture those stories, and get to the heart of them? How can we craft stories that show the transformation camps make, and help others see themselves in that story? In this session we'll workshop three approaches - interviewing for story, telling a smaller story, and editing for impact. Working in small groups, we'll work with real-life examples and give camp professionals practical tools to improve their storytelling (and story sharing) right away. This is not only applicable to marketing, but a story-driven approach helps in building relationships and trust within camp communities, and help camps better define their unique impact.

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau

Principal, Tiny Windows Consulting
A Jewish nonprofit veteran and creative communications strategist, Miriam Brosseau is the principal of Tiny Windows Consulting where she helps mission-driven leaders ask bigger questions and tell smaller stories. She has worked with a variety of organizations in positions that often... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 5:30pm - 6:45pm
TBA

5:30pm

The Real Reason People Resist Change: Leadership Strategies for Analyzing and Overcoming Obstacles to Progress
https://zoom.us/j/947450326

Part of the role of Board members is to help develop new strategies and support the change and innovation. Yet far too often good and useful efforts meet resistance among diverse stakeholders.

This session is designed to help Board members deepen their understanding of the obstacles and underlying reasons of resistance in order to better support their camps to evolve and thrive.

At the end of the session you will have
- explored the role of loss, disappointment, loyalty and other competing goals that prevent the important change projects in your camps.
- Taken away a strategies for deploying yourself from your Board role vis-a-vis these challenges more productively.

This session builds from the Adaptive Leadership framework developed at Harvard Kennedy School by Ronald Heifetz and his colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Koehler

Michael Koehler

CEO and Adjunct Professor for Leadership, KONU LLC | New York University
Michael is the CEO of KONU. His leadership development work draws on his experience as an entrepreneur, professional dancer, and educator.Michael teaches leadership at NYU Wagner. He holds master's degrees in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and in education from... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 5:30pm - 6:45pm
TBA

5:30pm

Why Jewish Parents are So Anxious: Get them to Sign Up,Show Up and Stand Up for Camp for Their Kids
https://zoom.us/j/637687506

Anxiety is a real and growing issue in our society and for camps. Every part of the process is impacted - recruiting new families, encouraging returning campers, managing the onboarding of campers, keeping enthusiasm and commitment from signing up to showing up, and then all the questions and concerns that arise once we have their kids! Dr. G will help us understand the sources of that anxiety and then offer strategies for reducing and managing the concerns of parents and campers as well as identify places that we can build our brand and reputation by tackling these worries head-on, making your camp a place families want their kids to spend the summer!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Family Physician, Parenting and Youth Development Expert, Ask Doctor G
Internationally respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, M.D., is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, she is an industry leading speaker, author, social influencer, and media personality. She inspires audiences with relatable stories and... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2020 5:30pm - 6:45pm
TBA

5:30pm

6:45pm

7:00pm

7:00pm