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The Virtual Staff Lounge

Many staff and alumni of Jewish camp had to change their summer plans because of COVID-19.  Whether you are running amazing virtual programming for campers, or are looking for new summer opportunities entirely, we want to keep you connected to Jewish camp, each other and to meaningful experiences this summer.  Check out these incredible opportunities to learn, build your network, stay connected and make a difference!  

Application deadlines are approaching – apply today!

Opportunities

  • Jewish Camp Hack-a-thon: Radically Reimagining the Staff Experience 
  • Dialogue Arts Project – Building Community through Identity (for camp supervisors)
  • Jewish Camp Mental Health & Wellness Internship
  • Jewish Changemakers Fellowship
  • Serve the Moment Summer Service Corps
Jewish Camp Hack-a-thon - Radically Reimagining the Staff Experience

How the hack should you spend your summer when you can’t be at camp? Consider diving into a two week opportunity to make working at camp an even better job for camp staff in the future! In this program you will learn about the process of innovation, what makes camp a great place to work (or not!) and how to solve complex issues in new ways.  Then, working on a team, you will create a plan for Jewish camps to increase their success in getting staff members to return  to camp summer after summer.  The program culminates in a “shark-tank” style presentation to a panel of leaders and experts in Jewish camp, with the potential for some of your ideas to be supported and eventually implemented at camps across North America.

When? July 13th-24th weekdays, 12-4pm Eastern 

Who? Ideal applicants are invested in Jewish camp (their own day or overnight camp and/or the field overall) and eager to contribute to making it even greater.  They are open-minded (to ideas and team members and other camps), forward-thinking, curious and eager to learn from others.  Must be 18+ by July 13th to participate. 

Why?

  • Receive professional training, experience, and mentorship related to innovation, teamwork, and leadership–all of which can add value to your résumé. 
  • Be part of solving one of Jewish camp’s most pressing current challenges by contributing new and innovative ideas to the field, and improve the entire field for years to come.
  • Network with, learn from, and work alongside staff from Jewish camps across North America, as well as Foundation for Jewish Camp and other Jewish professional and philanthropic leaders.   
  • Earn a $175 stipend upon completion of the program

Apply: Applications are now closed. We will be in touch with accepted participants by July 6.

More info? Teri McGuire at teri@jewishcamp.org with any questions.

Dialogue Arts Project - Building Community through Identity

Who feels welcome and included at your camp? What parts of yourself do you bring to your work? What are the parts of yourself you leave behind? What are the conversations you’re afraid to have? What does “community mindedness” (areyvut) mean for you and your camp at a moment when your communities might not physically convene, and when belonging is renegotiated daily? Pandemic or not, our camp communities have been asking these questions around identity and difference for years. Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Dialogue Arts Project (DAP) are offering a bold new way to gather in the virtual space in order to wrestle with these moment-defining questions.

DAP curates arts-driven training experiences to help communities be more courageous in telling stories about themselves, their identities, and the impact of both on their worth. This experience will offer an opportunity to engage in powerful interactive approaches, with a new emphasis on what it means to redefine “coming together” in a virtual, brave new world. You in?

Registration open to unit heads/group leaders working for their camp this summer (in-person or virtual), ages 18+. Limited space on a first-come, first-served basis.

When? Sunday, June 28th, 12-2pm Eastern (plus an optional end-of-summer focus group in August) 

Who? Camp supervisors (day and overnight unit heads, group leaders, activity heads, etc.) working with camp in 2020 (virtual or in-person)

Why?

  • Practice redefining what it means to “belong”
  • Learn and flex interpersonal communication skills
  • Connect with camp leaders from across North America
  • Great addition to your resume

Apply:  Click here to register by 9am PT on Friday, June 26rd.

More info? Jill Goldstein Smith at jill@jewishcamp.org with any questions.

Jewish Camp Mental Health & Wellness Internship

Everyone has mental health, and talking about wellness and supporting one another is more important than ever. Spend time this summer learning about MESH (mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health), proactive wellness, and building resiliency through a paid internship for a select group of folks who would have been counselors at overnight or day camp this summer. This cohort will gain access to mental health training to help you better support your peers and campers next summer at camp and throughout the year. Working in small groups, interns will develop resources for the entire field of Jewish camp. This opportunity also aims to further destigmatize mental health conversations and be a tool for camps to retain quality staff into next summer. 

When? July 9th -August 7th  (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12pm-3pm ET)

Who? Folks who had hoped to work at camp this summer and intend on working at their camp in 2021. Additional priority may be given to those interested in pursuing careers in Jewish camp and/or the mental health fields. Must be 18 years old as of July 9.

Why? 

  • Become certified in mental health first aid and receive other mental health-related training
  • Work in small teams to develop resources that will be used across the whole Jewish camp field
  • Connect with other incredible “camp people” from across North America also passionate about mental health and wellness 
  • Earn a $300 stipend upon completion of the program 

Apply:  Click here to apply by June 26th. Accepted participants will be informed by July 2nd. 

More info? Jill Goldstein Smith at jill@jewishcamp.org with any questions.

Jewish Changemakers Fellowship

Looking for an opportunity to build your resume while also leading with your values to make a difference in the world?  Apply now for the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship, a 3-week, paid, online leadership experience in partnership with Foundation for Jewish Camp & Jewish Federations of North America. You’ll participate on a team (with your camp friends!) and earn a stipend for participating in professional development and educational sessions, for volunteering and for spending time with your team. Sessions focus on leadership, service, advocacy, and the global Jewish community. 

When? Session one will be July 6 – 24, and session two will be August 3 – 21 (weekdays) Sessions will be offered in-real-time and recorded to allow for maximum flexibility and to accommodate busy schedules.

Who? Changemakers is designed for those in the age range of 20-25. Those who are turning 20 by August 31, 2020 will be considered and/or those who are entering their third or fourth year of college or university.

Why?

  • Gain skills to succeed in a competitive job market and connect to the broader Jewish community. 
  • Participate alongside a group of your camp friends and/or with a team of other Jewish camp staff from across North America
  • The Fellowship also includes a $500 stipend for those who finish the 3-week program, plus a certificate of completion for your resume

Apply: Apply by June 26th at  www.jewishchangemakers.org 

More info? www.jewishchangemakers.org or email Erin.Levy@JewishFederations.org or  julie@jewishcamp.org

Serve the Moment Summer Service Corps

Spend this summer putting your passions into action and begin to address social inequities and systemic injustices in your community.  The Jewish Service Alliance presents Serve the Moment, a full time stipended fellowship program. Serve the Moment Corps Members will elevate their professional skills and accelerate their personal growth through virtual and in-person service with local non-profits responding to community needs. 100 Corps Members will serve across ten cities across North America and through 100,000 acts of service and learning, we will address racial injustice, food insecurity, educational needs, unemployment, and social isolation relating to COVID-19, and other pressing needs. Will you join us?

When? July 8th to August 7th, 32 hours/week 

Who? Young adults, ages 18-29

Why? 

  • Spend the summer focused on learning about and working to address social inequity, systemic injustices (racial, food, and education), and addressing urgent needs through meaningful service rooted in Jewish values.
  • Engage in weekly learning and reflection with national leaders in the field
  • Earn a $500 stipend upon completion of the program 

Apply: Click here to apply by July 6th.

More info? https://servethemoment.org/#fellowship