The Common Ground Fellowship

The Common Ground Fellowship will provide professional development for 14 & 15 year olds (or in some cases, rising 9th & 10th graders) across the day camps who utilize the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds. Common Ground will explore the middah (value) of leadership and how it relates to the middot of patience, humility, joy, kindness, and foresight. Common Ground will enable Fellows to significantly grow their skills in childcare, communication, and near-peer management.  As Common Ground Fellows, young teens will find a community of peers and colleagues with whom they can exchange ideas and build meaningful relationships. Common Ground participation will result in a cohort of young teens who are not only highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable, but who seamlessly integrate and embody Jewish values in their camp leadership roles.

The Common Ground Fellowship is provided by FJC with the generous support of UJA-Federation of New York.

Common Ground 2020 Registration Coming Soon!

MEET FJC’s COMMON GROUND TEAM

JENNI ZEFTEL

Program Director, The Common Ground Fellowship
Director, Day Camp & Strategic Programs, Foundation for Jewish Camp

Jenni@jewishcamp.org 646-278-4528

 

RABBI AVI ORLOW

Vice President, Education & Innovation, Foundation for Jewish Camp

Avi@jewishcamp.org    646-278-4535

 

MARISA BRAUNSTEIN

Communications Coordinator, The Common Ground Fellowship
Assistant Program Manager, Foundation for Jewish Camp

Marisa@jewishcamp.org    646-278-4525

 

SAMANTHA LAVINE

Events Manager, Foundation for Jewish Camp

Samantha@jewishcamp.org    646-278-4511

 

REBECCA HERSCH

Day Camp Fellow, Foundation for Jewish Camp

Rebecca.Hersch@jewishcamp.org

 

TZEDEK CIRCLES

Fellows will be placed into cross-camp tzedek (justice) circles (or “tzircles”). Tzircles will receive guidance and support from field experts in applying their newly-acquired professional skills to social justice causes of their choice, post-camp.

Tzedek circles are an opportunity for teens to work together and apply their camp skills to their lives year-round. FJC will follow up to encourage continued communication and action, track progress, and report back to camp leadership and UJA-Federation of New York.