The Common Ground Fellowship

The Common Ground Fellowship provides professional development training and networking opportunities for 14-16 year-olds across New York area day camps. Explore the middah (value) of leadership and how it relates to the middot of patience, humility, joy, kindness, and foresight. The curriculum sharpens skills and builds knowledge in camper care, peer to peer support, and self-advocacy—three areas that are critical to the success of future counselors. As Common Ground Fellows, young teens find a community of peers and colleagues with whom they can exchange ideas and build meaningful relationships. Common Ground participation results 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.

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Program Director, The Common Ground Fellowship
Director, Day Camp & Strategic Programs, Foundation for Jewish Camp 646-278-4528


Adena Leon

Fellow, Day Camp and Early Childhood Education, Foundation for Jewish Camp



Three times throughout the summer, fellows will participate in Common Ground’s cross-camp Tzedek (justice) Tzircle Program. These meetings serve as a continuation of the professional development fellows begin at the in-person kickoff event. All Tzedek Tzircle meetings will be virtual and held on weeknights (dates/times to come).

The Fellowship kicks off with an in-person teen conference at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Long Island on Sunday, June 12, 2022. Each camp provides their own transportation to and from the campgrounds. The conference is facilitated by esteemed and expert educational faculty from Foundation for Jewish Camp.

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New in 2022, FJC is partnering with Repair the World to seamlessly integrate year-round service opportunities into the Fellowship so that teens can experience just how transferable their camp skills are to other areas of their lives and communities.

Also new in 2022, FJC is pleased to announce that Common Ground alumni are eligible to receive modest travel stipends for organized Israel trips. Fellows should connect directly with their camp leadership to learn more.