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.

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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

 

REBECCA HERSCH

Director of Communications, The Common Ground Fellowship
Day Camp Fellow, Foundation for Jewish Camp

Rebecca.Hersch@jewishcamp.org

 

HANNAH LOFFMAN

Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, The Common Ground Fellowship

Commonground@jewishcamp.org 

 

ELISSA KATZ

Event Coordinator, The Common Ground Fellowship
Day Camp Fellow, Foundation for Jewish Camp

Elissa.Katz@jewishcamp.org

TZEDEK CIRCLES

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 will kick off with an in-person, socially distanced, and masked one-day conference at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Long Island on June 6, 2021. Each camp will provide their teens (fellows) with transportation to and from the campgrounds and will be accompanied to the retreat by adult staff members from their camps. The kickoff event will be programmed and facilitated by educators from Foundation for Jewish Camp.