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Applications Now Open For Jewish Camp Leadership Programs


December 8, 2017


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Applications Now Open For Jewish Camp Leadership Programs

Foundation for Jewish Camp receives significant funding toward fostering professional development

NEW YORK — Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) announced today that it is now accepting applicants for new cohorts of two of its signature leadership programs, aimed at helping professionals develop the skills to lead their camps to exceptional and measurable success. FJC has long invested in field professionals, creating and implementing some of the most highly regarded professional development opportunities in the Jewish professional world.

With generous support from the Marcus Foundation, FJC is launching the fourth cohort of  the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) to enhance the senior leadership and management skills of Jewish camp directors across North America. Beginning in the spring of 2018, ELI will offer multiple formats for learning with deep engagement in individual and group development activities for another cohort of 18 seasoned and exceptional camp directors selected from a diverse set of resident Jewish summer camps. Over the course of 19 months, ELI fellows will convene for six sessions of intensive training with support and interim projects between sessions, focusing on evolving business and nonprofit leadership within a changing Jewish camp landscape.

Graduates of the ELI program describe the initiative as the training that has most positively influenced their careers and professional development. FJC is proud to offer this program to another group of talented and seasoned professionals in the camping field.

The fourth cohort of FJC’s Yitro Leadership Program (Yitro IV) – which will include up to 24 Jewish camp senior assistant and associate directors from a diverse cross-section of overnight Jewish summer camps – will be equipped with the resources necessary to enhance the Jewish experience for campers at the camps they help lead. The program for emerging camp leaders is funded by support from the AVI CHAI Foundation.

Over the course of a year and a half, Yitro IV participants will convene for five sessions of intensive training. The program will challenge participating fellows to think broadly about leadership in order to enhance the Jewish cultural and overall experience at their respective camps. Yitro seeks to drive leadership excellence throughout the entire camp organization, impacting campers, staff alumni and lay leaders.

“Participants of our professional development programs gain deeply meaningful experiences that have tangibly impacted both their individual camp communities, and engagement in the larger Jewish community, over the years. Their success stories compel us to continue building on these impact stories each year,” said Jeremy J. Fingerman, CEO of Foundation for Jewish Camp. “By investing in these camp leaders, Foundation for Jewish Camp will help drive the growth and expansion of the field. Our ultimate goal is to challenge camp leaders to widen their lens of leadership and management. We are grateful for our partnerships with AVI CHAI Foundation and the Marcus Foundation, which afford us the opportunity to once again offer these tremendously rewarding programs to help develop our leaders.”

Shared Helene Drobenare-Horwitz, director of Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake in Verbank, N.Y., who participated in the first cohort of Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute, completing the program in 2007, “ELI gave me not only the skills and training to be a better Jewish camp director, but gave me a cohort that to this day I still call on as my support system.”

Added Adam Broms, camp director of Capital Camps in Waynesboro, Penn., who completed the Yitro Leadership Program in late 2016, “Yitro participants will hone skills regarding camp staff leadership development, supervision, management and mentorship, while exploring Jewish foundations of these skills.”

More information on the ELI and Yitro programs, including on the application process, is available on Foundation for Jewish Camp’s website:

Executive Leadership Institute (ELI)

Yitro Leadership Program

First-round applications are due December 22.


About Foundation for Jewish Camp

The Foundation for Jewish Camp is a charitable organization that helps create transformative summer experiences for young people—ensuring the Jewish future. Founded in 1998, we are a catalyst for change throughout the field. We train and inspire camp leaders. We expand access to Jewish summers—and increase demand. We enhance the Jewish impact of those summers. And we develop programs to strengthen camps and summer experiences across the Jewish spectrum in North America—including One Happy Camper®, which has enabled tens of thousands of young people to experience Jewish summers. Further, we elevate Jewish camp on the cultural and philanthropic agenda. The Foundation for Jewish Camp has grown to work with over 300 day and overnight camps. Each summer we serve more than 200,000 youth, teens and college-aged counselors across North America. Please visit and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.