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Collaborative Network

Participants of Foundation for Jewish Camp leadership programs now have the opportunity to expand on their experience. Connect with peers across North America. Move your camp’s Jewish mission forward. Be a part of a network of peers working together within and across camps. Get access to professional develop that amplifies the impact of your work. Lead the field in innovation.

A project of the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) and the AVI CHAI Foundation, the Collaborative Network activates camps in continued learning and increased impact to the field. The Collaborative Network engages members in sharing and learning across the field, virtually and in person, throughout the year.

Notably, the Collaborative Network establishes action groups, outcomes-oriented partnerships among camps and professionals. Each group will convene either virtually or in person to discuss the topic, learn from experts and peers, and develop interventions for their own camp. Camps learn collaboratively and work independently to design programming, training, processes, or initiatives at their camp to be piloted summer 2020.

Apply for an Action Group!

The Alumni Convening, a project of the Collaborative Network, is a gathering hosted by FJC that brings together alumni from ELI, Hiddur, Lekhu Lakhem, and Yitro to distill seminar learnings and collectively consider the future of Jewish Camp.  This will be an opportunity to reconnect with your cohort, meet fellow alumni, and participate in open space conversations and think tanks impacting your camp and the entire field. The alumni convening will be held January 21-22, 2020 in at the Chicago O’Hare Westin.

Alumni Convening registration!


Action Groups

This year we are launching five new action groups:

Tefillah/Prayer (In person & virtual)

Engaging Camp in Difficult Conversations around Israel (In person & virtual)

From Flagpole to Havdalah: Camp Rituals (In person & virtual)

Race and Diversity: Serving the wholeness of our Jewish Community (Virtual)

Gender Identity (Virtual)

Camps will submit an application form to the FJC by January 3rd, 2020. On this form, camps will indicate which action group they are interested in joining. In efforts to create meaningful action groups, we will need a minimum of three camps to participate and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

There is no cost to participate in any action group. For each in-person meeting, FJC will reimburse travel up to $250/approved participant and will provide overnight accommodations when needed.

What would an action project look like?

There are so many different opportunities for enhancing Jewish life and learning in our camp communities. Each action group will start by identifying a shared challenge or opportunity and will work on a collaborative solution to pilot in each of your camps during Summer 2020. Action projects might be introducing tools for a values based curriculum in your sports department, an initiative to bring Hebrew language and learning into the hands of your counselors, or the development of new tefillah/prayer resources.


Action Groups Formed: January 2020

We’ll connect you with other camps/professionals tackling the same challenges

Collaborative Work & Professional Development: January – June 2020

With support from the FJC Collaborative Network team, you’ll begin working collaboratively with your action group and content experts. As you begin thinking about your summer project, if you need additional support or resources, be in contact with the FJC team.

Project Implementation: Summer 2020

You’ll pilot your projects during Summer 2020, staying in touch with your collaborative network action group to share learnings and adjustments to the project. You may be asked to host FJC staff to see your project in real time.

Case Studies: Fall 2020

Following the summer, you’ll share learnings and insights with the FJC Collaborative Network team to develop a case study for use across the field of Jewish camp. You may be asked to share your learnings during Collaborative Network webinars, gatherings, or FJC Leaders Assembly.

Any additional questions about the program should be directed to