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REFLECT, REFRESH, REFOCUS

On Wednesday, September 16th, 5781Field will offer a chance for all year-round camp professionals to gather, connect, process, and share – and have some fun, of course! Choose from a variety of sessions on lessons from camps that opened this summer, marketing, planning for 2021, and more!
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.*Please note, you must sign up for each individual session you want to attend.
Signing up for a single session does not grant you access to the entire day. 

Schedule at a Glance

*All times are in ET

12:30 PM
Session Block 1

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2:00 PM

Field Wide Event

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3:30 PM
Break

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4:00 PM
Session Block 2

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5:30 PM
Happy Hour

SESSION OFFERINGS

Click the title of the session for more information or to register.

The first 200 camp professionals to register for Reflect, Refresh, Refocus: A Field-Wide Gathering are eligible to receive a care package from FJC.

.*Please note, you must sign up for each individual session you want to attend.
Signing up for a single session does not grant you access to the entire day. 

Session Block 1 (12:30 PM – 1:45 PM ET)
Elevating your Strategy for Year Round Engagement

Jodi Sperling, Stacy Rigler

Join colleagues as we reflect on successes of the past six months and look ahead to plan towards the fall and your strategies for year round engagement. This session will focus on live engagement programs, asynchronous activities, and social networking opportunities. You will come away with strategies for year round engagement and have the opportunity to preview the brand new Jewish Camp @ Home app!

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PRESENTERS

Jodi Sperling, Project Manager, Jewish Camp @ Home
Jodi Sperling is a Jerusalem-based consultant who is a North American Jewish camp veteran and communal strategist. She’s currently leading Jewish Camp @ Home, a joint project of Foundation for Jewish Camp in North America and Mosaic United in Israel, supporting Jewish camps in their pivot to the virtual space. Jodi was a camp director for 12 years, with the last 8 as the director of Camp Wise, the overnight camp of the Mandel JCC of Cleveland. In 2011, Jodi left Wise to become the North American Director of Camping and Teen Engagement for JCCA. There, she led the work of the 25 overnight camps and 130 day camps of the JCC network and consulted with JCCs and camps around the country. Jodi made Aliyah in 2014, and has continued working as a leader in the camping industry, spending her summers in North America working with camps and training camp staff. In Israel, she led the Camp Leadership Track of Young Judaea’s Year Course Gap Year program and teaches Leadership for Machon L’Madrichim. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Jodi has her BA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in Journalism and Jewish Studies, and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she also completed the Drachler Program in Jewish Communal Service and Judaic Studies. Jodi is a graduate of Brandeis University’s Institute of Informal Jewish Education’s IJE Fellowship, JCCA’s Lechu Lachem program, and FJC’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI). She has served on the faculty of various educational programs including M2’s Camp Educators Cohort, Lechu Lachem and Cornerstone. Jodi consults and trains on a variety of topics including recruitment and retention, supervision, marketing and communication, staff development, change management, camp operations and program design and organizational culture.

Stacy Rigler, Senior Program Manager, Jewish Education, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Rabbi Stacy Rigler joined FJC in the Spring of 2020 as the senior program manager of Jewish education. Prior to FJC she served as a rabbi educator at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (KI) in Elkins Park. She received a B.A from Emory University, and earned her MAJE and was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. While at KI Stacy held a shared position with URJ Camp Harlam and the Union for Reform Judaism as the program manager for the Jewish Life Network of the URJ Camps and Harlam’s Summer Jewish Life Supervisor. She credits her camp experience with instilling a love of Jewish learning and helping her become the educator she is today. Stacy has served as a lay leader in the Association for Reform Jewish Educators. She is part of the #OnwardHebrew leadership team affiliated with the Jewish Educational Center in Cleveland working across denominations to revolutionize Hebrew learning. Stacy met her husband, Rabbi Peter Rigler, at URJ Camp Harlam where their three children spend their summers.

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Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Implications of Summer 2020 on 2021 Operations

Tom Rosenberg, Dr. Laura Blaisdell MD/MPH FAAP, Steve Baskin, Andy Shlensky, Dayna Hardin

With the recent release of the CDC study on overnight camps, we are just beginning to learn how some camps operated effectively and safely in summer 2020. How can their experiences inform planning for 2021? In partnership with the American Camp Association, a panel of private overnight camps from across the country will share their 2020 in-person program experiences, lessons learned, and – most importantly – the implications on programming, budgets, capacity, policy, and building trust for summer 2021.

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PRESENTERS

Tom Rosenberg, President and CEO, American Camp Association
As President and CEO of the American Camp Association (ACA), Tom Rosenberg is a leading voice for young people today, advancing the public’s understanding of the value of camp for everyone as an essential developmental and educational experience. Tom is actively advancing the collective field of camp in its battle against the prevalent tide of depression, anxiety, and social disconnection affecting today’s youth, while teaching the mindsets, skills, and dispositions everyone needs to thrive in school, work, and life. Through Tom’s leadership, ACA has adopted a bold and ambitious strategic plan to accelerate ACA’s organizational growth and sustainability by: expanding its reach, relevance, and equitable accessibility; championing quality; and amplifying the value of camp experiences in youth education and development. Prior to serving as President/CEO of ACA, Tom had a distinguished 27-year career leading nonprofit and for-profit camps. As a volunteer, Tom served in diverse leadership capacities at ACA, including national board treasurer. Tom graduated with distinction from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with an M.B.A and from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a B.S. in management. Tom melds his experience in the camp profession with business expertise, inspirational vision, successful fundraising experience, professional agility, organizational skills, and strategic focus. Tom and his wife, Pam Sugarman, and their son Daniel live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Laurie Blaisdell, Medical Advisor, American Camp Association
Laurie Blaisdell, MD/MPH is a board-certified, public health trained pediatrician and advocate with expertise in vaccine policy and camp medicine. She received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, a medical doctorate and public health degree (MD/MPH) at the University of Minnesota, and completed a residency in pediatrics at Maine Medical Center. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Maine AAP and is a founding member of Maine Families for Vaccines. In addition to community pediatrics, Dr. Blaisdell published research on vaccine hesitation and decision-making among parents with the Center for Outcome Research and Evaluation at MMCRI. She was the site director for the National Children’s Study, where she also led studies of new social media strategies for research recruitment. In addition to her clinical and research activities, Dr. Blaisdell served as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Maine Medical Center, was Chief of Pediatrics at InterMed Pediatrics, and currently serves as a Trustee to Mercy Hospital in Portland. Dr. Blaisdell also mentors students and residents and teaches evidence-based medicine in her role of Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Blaisdell also has expertise in camp medicine, serving as Medical Director at Camp Winnebago in Maine for over 15 years. She recently has advised camps in assessing readiness in the post-COVID world, published research on managing pandemics in camps settings and serves as an expert to Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc’s 2020 Camp Field Operation Guide for the ACA and Y-CAMPS of the United States. She resides in South Portland and Fayette, Maine where she lives with her two sons and husband.

Steve Baskin, Owner and Director, Camp Champions
Steve Baskin is the owner and executive director of Camp Champions in Texas with his wife, Susie, and their four children: Wiley, Liam, Terrill, and Virginia. Steve also plays a valuable and supportive behind-the-scenes role at Camp Pinnacle. In his years as a camper and a counselor, he discovered the power of the camp experience to develop confidence, social skills and joy. After graduating with honors from Davidson College, he got off the camp track for a few years during which he was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs in New York and Simmons & Company in Houston. He then went to Harvard Business School, where he decided to pursue his true passion: summer camp. He and Susie have been full-time camp owners since 1993. Steve has been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, American Way magazine, the Houston Chronicle and the Austin-American Statesman. He has written for Psychology Today on youth development, education and parenting, and in 2012 he gave a TEDx talk on “Unplugging at Camp.” Steve chaired the Tri-State Camp Conference (the largest camp conference in the world) from 2008-2010. In 2009, he received the National Service Award from the American Camp Association(ACA). In 2010, he was appointed Treasurer of the ACA and serves on its Executive Committee.

Andy Shlensky, Owner and Director, North Star Camp
Andy Shlensky is the owner and director of North Star Camp in Hayward, Wisconsin. He decided to pursue a career in camping and youth development as a 15-year-old Counselor-in-Training at North Star. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Journalism and History, he became the boys camp director at a co-ed camp in Western Massachusetts before returning to North Star in 2010 to run the camp he grew up loving. Andy is incredibly passionate about youth development, child psychology, and community building. He believes strongly in using experiential and outdoor education to endow future generations with the confidence, character, and life skills to go out and make a difference in the world. With the same mission in mind, in addition to running North Star, Andy is the co-owner of The Road Less Traveled, a teen service and adventure travel company, as well as Bubbles Academy, an early childhood arts integrated education center in Chicago. He works closely with several non-profit organizations including the Camp for All Kids Foundation, 4-Star Fellowship, Geography of Hope and Whole Child Arts. Andy also serves on the Government Relations Board for the American Camp Association and the board of the Midwest Association of Independent Camps. When not at camp or traveling, Andy lives in Chicago with his daughter Laney.

Dayna Hardin, Owner and Director, Lake of the Woods & Greenwoods Camps
Dayna Hardin is the President of CampGroup LLC. Dayna began her camp journey at Lake of the Woods Camp in Decatur, Michigan in 1979. She worked her way up to counselor and assistant director before becoming owner/director of both Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods in 1997. Her camps in Michigan serve 1275 campers each summer. As President of CampGroup, Dayna consults, supports and guides camps directors and staff across the company. She very involved in leadership roles within the entire camp industry, She is the past President for Midwest Association of Independent Camps (MAIC) and past Vice President of the American Camp Association’s (ACA) National Board. Dayna is the co-founder of SCOPE Midwest (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education), a charity that provides scholarships to underserved children to attend non-for-profit camps. She is a speaker at camp conferences across the country on topics ranging from leadership, homesickness, youth development, difficult conversations, trends in camping and more. She is the past chair for the ACA National onference and has received numerous awards for her dedication to youth development and leadership within the camp industry.

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Use Camp Resilience to Help Families and Staff Handle Uncertainty and Strengthen Mental Health

Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Join Dr. G (Deborah Gilboa, MD), family physician and resilience expert, for this interactive session on how to help your families – and next year’s staff – build their resilience and navigate the current upheaval so that they can act on their belief in the importance of camp. You’ll spend time in small groups with colleagues from around North America creating communication tools and developing strategies for recruitment and retention of camper families and of staff for the 2021 (and 2022) season.

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PRESENTERS

Dr. Deborah Gilboa, Founder, AskDoctorG.com
We have been told to “reduce stress” and “avoid stress” so much that experiencing stress feels like its own failure. Deborah Gilboa, MD, aka Dr. G, is a parenting and resilience expert who works with families, organizations, and businesses to identify the mindset and strategies to turn stress to an advantage and create resilience through personal accountability and culture change. Renowned for her contagious humor, Dr. G inspires audiences with her illuminating stories and provides no-nonsense prescriptions for character development. She works with groups, businesses, and causes, across multiple generations, to rewire their cultures towards a common objective. Dr. G is a board certified attending family physician at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Health Center, caring for diverse patients from 100+ countries, speaking 61 different languages. Her fluency in American Sign Language and her work with the deaf community has received national recognition and was the focus of her service as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. A graduate of University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, Carnegie Mellon University, and as an alumna of Chicago’s Second City Improv Theater, Dr. G’s diverse background and experiences add to her credibility and lively storytelling. She is also a clinical associate professor for the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and has received many awards for clinical excellence in teaching, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. Dr. G is a leading media personality seen regularly on TODAY, Good Morning America and is the Resilience Expert for The Doctors. She is also a contributor to Washington Post, The New Times, Huffington Post, and countless other digital and print outlets. Dr. G resides in Pittsburgh with her four boys.

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Field-Wide Event (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET)
Reflect, Refresh, Refocus: A Field-Wide Gathering

Join together with professionals from across the field of Jewish Camp. Elul leads us, in the Jewish calendar, into a new year, preparing us to take stock of the past before moving into the future. September does the same for all of us in the camp field. Together we will reflect on Summer 2020, a summer unlike any other; refresh ourselves and our perspectives, and refocus looking towards 5781 and Summer 2021. Hear FJC and field updates, take part in activities and ritual to move you towards the new year, and connect with colleagues and friends in this field wide gathering.

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Session Block 2 (4:00 PM – 5:15 PM ET)
Covid, Counselors, College, Camp: Where do we go from here?

Liora Bernstein, Julie Finkelstein, Hannah Gilfix, Hailey Kessler, Shira Michaeli, Elie Simon, Lex McDermott

When COVID-19 turned our world upside down, nearly 18,000 young adults with plans to work at Jewish camp this summer had to pivot too. In this session we’ll hear from a group of college students about their summer 2020 experiences in a variety of virtual and in-person camp programs, their perspectives on camp today, and how the pandemic is playing out in their lives this year. Take this opportunity to hear their take on the 2021 staff experience and what would make it exciting and possible to return to camp next summer!

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PRESENTERS

Liora Bernstien, Leadership Development Fellow, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Liora is one of the leadership development fellows at Foundation for Jewish Camp. Liora is originally from South Florida but grew up at URJ Eisner Camp as a second-generation camper, following in her mom’s footsteps. This past summer she took on the role as unit head after having previously been a counselor and assistant unit head. As a recipient of the One Happy Camper grant in 2010 and participant in the Cornerstone Fellowship in 2017, Liora is excited to get to learn more about the work that goes into all of the FJC programs and to expand her general knowledge of the Jewish camping field as a whole. As a recent graduate of The George Washington University where she earned her degree in communication with a minor in Jewish studies, Liora is excited to get to explore a new city and figure out where the best taco spots are in NYC.

Julie Finkelstein, Senior Director, Program Strategy & Innovation, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Julie Finkelstein is the senior director of program strategy & innovation at Foundation for Jewish Camp where she works on programs that support Jewish camps and their leaders across North America. Prior to joining the FJC team, she was the associate director of Slingshot, where she managed a network of next-generation funders, innovative Jewish organizations and entrepreneurs. Previously, Julie was the assistant director of capital camps, the Jewish community camp of the Mid-Atlantic region and got her professional start with Hillel: at Maryland Hillel and at Hillel’s international offices in DC. Julie earned her M.B.A. from the George Washington University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Maryland. Julie fell in love with camp in the mountains of Pennsylvania – as the Assistant Director of Capital Camps, and a camper and staff member at Camp Timber Tops and Camp Tel Yehudah. In between being Jewish Camp’s most enthusiastic ambassador and traveling to places near and far, you can find Julie at her home base in Brooklyn, NY.

Hannah Gilfix, Leadership Development Fellow, Foundation for Jewish Camp
One of FJC’s Leadership Development Fellows, Hannah is very excited to have the opportunity to continue her work in Jewish camping all year. Hannah grew up as an active member of the Minneapolis Jewish community, both attending and working at her local Hebrew school, as well as being an active board member in United Synagogue Youth (USY), which led to her attending Herzl Camp. She has held many roles through her five years working at Herzl, most recently stepping into the roles of Rosh Chinuch (Head of Education), Rosh Kvutza (Unit Head), and overseeing Herzl’s Cornerstone Fellows. Working in such a wide-variety of roles, while beginning her work as an FJC Fellow, helped her to understand the importance of having resources in the camping world that support growing professionals. In addition, she was also a part of the Cornerstone Event Staff in 2019, where she was able to see first-hand the impact that FJC has on camp staff, and cannot wait to continue creating meaningful experiences. Hannah recently graduated from Indiana University where she studied youth development and nonprofit management. She is ready to transition from being a summer staff to a year-round professional, and be a part of bringing the magic of Jewish camp to life.

Hailey Kessler, Staff Member, MJCCA Day Camps
Hailey Kessler, and grew up in Atlanta, GA. She recently graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Arts in Judaic studies. Hailey grew up attending and working at URJ Camp Coleman for 11 summers. She also grew up attending MJCCA Day Camps and has spent the past two summers working there as a Unit Head. In the future, she plan to pursue a Masters in leadership in Jewish education and communal service and a Masters of Social Work with a goal of working in the Jewish camping world one day. She currently works full time at the MJCCA in the Club J Your Way Program as both a Third Grade Teacher and the Third Grade Unit Head guiding children through virtual school.

Shira Michaeli, Staff Member, Camp Ramah in the Poconos
Shira Michaeli (she/her) is a denominationally challenged first-year in the Joint Program between the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University. A proud Ramahnick, she loves discussing everything about camp and can’t wait to return home!

Elie Simon, Staff Member, Herzl Camp
Elie Simon is currently a senior at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. She was a 2019 Cornerstone Fellow as well as a 2020 JFNA Change Maker Fellow. Elie attended Herzl Camp from 2012-2019 where she served roles such as staff in-training (ozo), bunk staff, Chinuch (Jewish Education) team member/program writer/facilitator and Assistant Head of Jewish Education. She is currently serving as the coordinator for the Herzl Camp Staff Advisory Council.

Lex McDermott, Staff Member, URJ Camp Newman
An aspiring aerospace engineer with a love of Jewish music, Alex “Lex” McDermott has been part of the URJ Camp Newman community for the past eleven years. After the 2017 Tubbs Fire that destroyed Newman’s Porter Creek site, Alex took part in the Avodah (Service) and CIT programs at Cal Maritime, a temporary camp site, and just this past summer, served on staff for Newman’s one-week virtual camp, making him highly experienced with helping kids transfer the feeling of camp to new spaces. He is also skilled in working with campers in grades 3-7 and songleading for all ages. Outside of the camping world, Alex is an incoming freshman at UCLA and is working on his EMT certification.

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From Buses to Hand Sanitizer: The Story of Summer 2020 at In-Person Day Camp

Sara Sideman, Edana Appel, Jason Samuel, Sender Engel, Andy Pritikin. Moderated by Scott Brody

FJC knows that 132 Jewish day camps operated in-person programming this summer with limited closures. Join us for a panel conversation with day camp professionals from across North America as they discuss how they modified their existing programs, built new ones, welcomed families, formed partnerships, and reimagined everything from health and safety to communications and transportation. Learn from their challenges, successes, and powerful insights as you plan your 5781 program year.

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PRESENTERS

Sara Sideman, Camp Director, JCC Camps at Medford
Sara loves being back home at the JCC Camps at Medford, where she worked as a counselor and advocate during her teen years. She spent six years at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ where she was the Director of Teen Services, running year round teen leadership programs, community service trips, and a travel camp program. Sara loves camp, and she lives for the eight weeks each summer she gets to make incredible experiences for campers and staff! Sara obtained her BA from Rutgers University and MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Sara enjoys anything musical theater, singing, reading, and volunteering during free time. Sara is married and has three boys, Benny, Noah and Jonah, who are ALL JCC kids!

Edana Appel, Director of Camp and Family Programs, Westside Jewish Community Center
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 Young Judaea’s Year Course in Israel before attending Brandeis University. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Hebrew. Upon graduating, Edana became the Assistant Director for Camp Young Judaea West and relocated to California. After her year in Los Angeles with Young Judaea, she moved to Cincinnati to become the Assistant Director of Camp Livingston for 3 years. During her time in Cincinnati, she participated in the Merrin Teen Professional Fellowship through JCCA and the Yitro Professional Development Program through the Foundation for Jewish Camp. In 2013, Edana returned to Brandeis to complete her MBA in Non-Profit Management and MA in Jewish Professional Leadership in the Heller/Hornstein program. She was a JCCA Graduate Scholar and a Chizuk Fellow during her time in graduate school. She is so happy to be back in Los Angeles and working with the great team at the Westside JCC.

 

Jason Samuel, Director of Camp and Youth Services, Stamford JCC
Jason Samuel is the Founding Director of Day Camps@The J, a camp consultant, husband, and father. He got his start working at camp as a sailing instructor and hasn’t looked back since. He has worked his way up to a Director, running some of the most well-respected day and resident camps in the country. Jason’s journey started with a quick career stop in media before becoming a camp professional, which has led him through working at private and nonprofit camps in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Jason has a deep passion for camp and takes great pride in answering the “what do you do the rest of the year” question. As a volunteer within the ACA, he is standards visitor, a past board member, and is currently the Exhibit Operations Chair for the Tri-State CAMP Conference. When Jason is not singing Boom Chicka Boom at camp, he can be found sailing and will stop everything for a good chocolate chip cookie.

Sender Engel, Co-Director, Silver Gan Israel Day Camp
Sender has been co-directing Silver Gan Israel Day camp for more than 15 years and loves what he does. During his younger years, he ran camps in Canada, Australia, England, Russia and elsewhere. He went to Silver Gan Israel as a camper and counselor for many years before returning to direct the camp. A bus driver, rabbi, EMT and archery instructor, he’s just about got it all covered. During the off season, he is the facility director at The Hebrew Academy of Huntington Beach and runs hands-on holiday workshops for kids throughout Orange County. He lives in the house he grew up in with his wife and eight children.

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Increasing Camper Retention in Unpredictable Times

Jay Frankel

Typically, the absolute most effective strategy to retaining campers is to consistently deliver on every promise made for the previous summer. But what if the previous summer was far from typical? In many cases summer 2020 was unrecognizable, making the predictability of returning to camp less certain. With two decades of experience in guiding camps towards sustainable growth, Jay is obsessed with the importance of building camper retention. This session provides truly tangible strategies and habits that will increase retention both for the uniqueness of Summer 2021 and the more “typical” camp years ahead. In addition, Jay will preview the Camper Retention Handbook he is developing in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp to be released to the field next month.

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PRESENTER

Jay Frankel, President & Founder, True to Life Training
Jay Frankel is the President and Founder of True To Life Training, a company that focuses on developing interpersonal skills in both a creative and tangible way. Jay spent over a decade in the corporate training world, starting at Gap Inc. where he managed and implemented training initiatives in sales, management, and leadership for all levels of management throughout the Northeastern United States. While with Gap Inc., Jay was selected to head up the development of a Human Resources & Training Department for new operations in France, where he lived and was essential to the growth of this startup venture. Leaving the Gap to become the Director of Training and Development for Viacom Inc., Jay played a key role in the creation of a new division of the company which merged all the core brands of Viacom, including MTV, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Pictures into one business concept. Jay was the visionary for all training design & implementation and a leader in building a new culture on both the corporate and retail side of the business. He also served as a liaison between each brand of Viacom and their newest division, Viacom Retail. In 1999, Jay began True To Life Training out of a vision inspired by his work in Corporate America, people development, and theater. Today Jay leads a team of incredibly innovative educators, actors, trainers, and instructional designers that make up True To Life. Their ability to illustrate and provide realistic answers to the challenges of working with children, teens, college students, and adults makes their training a truly unique experience. In addition to providing training services, Jay Frankel is a highly regarded consultant to both summer camps and schools in the United States and Canada. He is responsible for leading ground breaking institutional strengthening initiatives and startup ventures for the Foundation for Jewish Camp, as well as providing consulting services to schools and small businesses in the areas of organizational change, staff development, and customer engagement. Jay is a member of the American Society for Training & Development, as well as an active business affiliate of the American Camp Association.

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Remote and Rising: Managing a Remote Team

Jamie Simon

As the pandemic forces so many camps to work remotely, how do managers build a responsive culture that ensures a high functioning team and maintains staff morale? Participants will leave with actionable takeaways to keep staff accountable to their work while also finding joy in their projects. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and ask questions.

*This workshop is offered through Jewish Camp @ Home, a partnership of Foundation for Jewish Camp and Mosaic United.

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PRESENTER

Jamie Simon, Chief Executive Officer, Camp Tawonga
Jamie brings 17 years of leadership, training facilitation and management expertise to Tawonga Institute. A nationally recognized leader and educator in her field, Jamie has led the agency to become a leader in the field on gender inclusion as well as justice and equity work.
An expert in women’s empowerment, career coaching, emergency preparedness and women’s health education, Jamie is an inspiring facilitator and teaches nationally on many topics. In 2020, Jamie was selected as an Emerge California Fellow for rising female leaders. She also serves on the Jewish Democratic Council of America’s NextGen Leadership Council and participated in the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute.
For nearly two decades, Jamie has worked with Tawonga in various capacities. In 2017, she became Tawonga’s youngest executive director. In her role at Tawonga, she has also mentored hundreds of emerging professionals.
Prior to Tawonga, Jamie worked as the prevention education director at United Against Sexual Assault in Sonoma County. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from Sonoma State University. She loves working with youth and is passionate about politics and the San Jose Sharks. Jamie lives in Oakland with her husband and fellow Tawongan, Dan, and their sons, Ezra and Eli.

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Happy Hour (5:30 PM – 6:15 PM)
Minute to Win It

Liora Bernstein, Jill Goldstein Smith, Teri McGuire

Do you have what it takes to “WIN” at happy hour? After a day of reflecting, learning, and looking ahead, come get your body moving and let your competitive nature shine (not everyone is a winner at camp FJC). Bring your own beverage to happy hour, but winning team members will be rewarded with their next (coffee shop-based) beverage on FJC!

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PRESENTER

Jill Goldstein,Senior Program Manager, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Jill joined FJC in 2015, and as a Program Manager she focuses on professional development, leadership, and other areas. Her love of Jewish summer camp started in more than two decades ago at URJ Camp Coleman as a camper, and she continued as a counselor, educator and visiting faculty. She’s also spent time at URJ Kutz Camp and worked with youth groups across New York. Jill was an FJC Cornerstone Fellow in 2006, a program she now proudly helps facilitate as part of her work. A south Florida native, Jill moved north to attend NYU followed by seven years in tv news production, as a directing and operations supervisor at NY1 News. Invested in designing thoughtful, welcoming and meaningful experiences, Jill is pursuing her Master’s degree in Jewish Educational Leadership at JTS’s Davidson School and is also a Resetting the Table Facilitation Fellow. She serves as the Co-Chair of Advancing Jewish Professionals – NYC (local group of JPro Network) and is a proud part of the Honeymoon Israel alumni community. Jill is passionate about helping camp and Jewish organizations bring their values to life through action and policy. Plus, she enjoys chocolate, social-impact documentaries and movies with morals, running, storytelling, exploring cultures through travel, the High Line Park, and living Western Queens with her partner, Dan.

Teri McGuire, Program Manager, Foundation for Jewish Camp 
Teri joined the FJC team in 2016. The granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, Teri was raised to take pride in her Judaism and contribute strongly to the community around her. She strengthened her Jewish identity through her involvement in United Synagogue Youth (USY) where she gained an informal Jewish education and important leadership skills. Her involvement in USY inspired her to spend a year studying and volunteering in Israel after graduating from high school. Following her gap year program, The Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, she enrolled at Binghamton University and earned a BA in Judaic Studies.Teri graduated from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University in 2016. There, she earned an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Having spent seven summers as a participant, staff member, and group leader on USY Summer Programs across the globe, Teri is inspired to continue to help young people explore their Jewish connection through her work at FJC! Through her work on our leadership development programs and educational initiatives, Teri is able to see her direct impact on the field of Jewish camp.

Liora Bernstein, Leadership Development Fellow, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Liora is one of the leadership development fellows at Foundation for Jewish Camp. Liora is originally from South Florida but grew up at URJ Eisner Camp as a second-generation camper, following in her mom’s footsteps. This past summer she took on the role as unit head after having previously been a counselor and assistant unit head. As a recipient of the One Happy Camper grant in 2010 and participant in the Cornerstone Fellowship in 2017, Liora is excited to get to learn more about the work that goes into all of the FJC programs and to expand her general knowledge of the Jewish camping field as a whole. As a recent graduate of The George Washington University where she earned her degree in communication with a minor in Jewish studies, Liora is excited to get to explore a new city and figure out where the best taco spots are in NYC.

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