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S’more Learning: A Campy Pre-Shavuot Celebration

Join us on Wednesday May 27th (the day before Shavuot) from 10 pm – 2:30am ET for an all night learning experience in the spirit of a Shavuot Tikkun. FJC will offer an opportunity for friends of Jewish camp to connect together in solidarity, reflecting on their shared Jewish camp experience and joining in a pre-Shavuot menu of Jewish learning. This event is geared toward college-aged or recent graduate camp staff and alumni, but adults of all ages are welcome to join in on the learning.

Register by 3pm ET on May 27 to attend.
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Click on the session for the Zoom link. The Password for each session is located in your confirmation email. Need help?  Contact data@jewishcamp.org. All times listed are in Eastern Time.

Opening Gathering 10pm – 10:15pm ET

 

Opening Gathering
Foundation for Jewish Camp Jewish Education Team
Join us as we kick off our night-long learning experience in the spirit of a Shavuot Tikkun with entertainment from actor and performer, Jon Adam Ross (JAR)

 

Block 1 10:20 – 10:50pm ET

 

Blooming Blessings
Jill Goldstein Smith, Foundation for Jewish Camp
“There are so many colors in the rainbow, so many colors in the morning sun, so many colors in a flower, and I see every one!” There are so many kinds of blessings, can you see every one? Come contribute to the creation of a Garden of Blessings, full of blooming joy and gratitude.

 

Coaching for Resilience
Micol Zimmerman Burkeman, HUC-JIR
Coaching has grown in popularity over the last decade. A creative and thought-provoking self-development process, coaching offers an opportunity to articulate goals and vision, create an action plan to achieve them, raise awareness around one’s beliefs, attitudes, assumptions and behaviors, help effectively navigate a new or challenging situation, get unstuck in an area of work or life, and to increase one’s impact and maximize one’s potential. Coaching can also be used to build resilience. Join Micol as she shares coaching tools and questions you can use for yourself to build resilience and nourish your soul.

 

Camp (and really, life) is often about trying new things, daring ourselves to face unknown results. Will I finally learn how to dive? Will my voice crack in the middle of the talent show? Will I say the right things and make the right decisions in a tough moment? This session will focus on that moment right BEFORE we dive, and some of the ways heroes of our Jewish stories can help us build up the courage to take that leap and believe in ourselves so that we will consistently land safely in the water, and help others to do the same.

 

It sucks that your camp isn’t running this summer, or that you’re still waiting to find out what will happen. But what if you knew that camp wasn’t coming back? Learn with the former Senior Assistant Director of URJ Kutz Camp, the Reform teen leadership camp that shut down last summer after 54 years. Leave with lessons from going through knowing camp would be closing down forever, ways we supported the community, how we planned for experiences that were not going to happen again, and how we made it through the hardest thing you could ever experience at a camp.

 

Giving a Hand: Spiritual and Emotional Support for Those Who Are Struggling
Taylor Winfield, founder of RUACH: Emotional and Spiritual Care
Together we will study the classic text from Berakhot 5b, which tells the story of how the Talmudic rabbis would comfort and heal one another. We will discuss their model of spiritual and emotional support, how it relates to our own lives, and how to care for ourselves and others, especially during these difficult times.

 

Staff Lounge
Foundation for Jewish Camp Jewish Education Team
Need help navigating the night-long schedule? Want to hang with some campy friends? Drop into the Staff Lounge for a late-night chill!

 

Block 2 11-11:30pm ET

 

Staying Rooted this Summer and Beyond
Erin Fine, Assistant Director of the Office of Recruitment and Admissions for Hebrew Union College
Fill your resiliency toolbox with meditation techniques for grounding yourself in the here and now. Whether it’s your first time meditating or your millionth, you will have the opportunity to try on a couple different styles and think about incorporating them into your own practice.

 

Food, Glorious Food
Sara Ribner- Grabin, JAFI
Everyone loves food. Most of our families have those special meals that make us feel warm. So where do we meet food in Judaism, and Hachnasat Orchim (hospitality)? Lets talk about what food means in both our Jewish tradition and camp tradition.

 

Resilience with the Rugrats: What our Favorite Fictional Babies Can Teach Us
Teri McGuire, Associate Program Manager at Foundation for Jewish Camp
You’ve seen the Hanukkah and Passover specials, but what other lessons can you glean from the 90’s hit Rugrats? Join FJC’s Teri McGuire as she takes you through the themes of resiliency that she sees in the series, a series she loves so much, she wrote her master’s thesis on it.

 

Standing at the Foot of the Mountain: Anxiety About the Unknown – Rabbi Stacy Rigler, Senior Program Manager, Jewish Education at Foundation for Jewish Camp
We’ll explore how not knowing is often worse than knowing something bad and what we can learn from exploring the impulsivity of our ancestors.

 

Staff Lounge
Foundation for Jewish Camp Jewish Education Team
Need help navigating the night-long schedule? Want to hang with some campy friends? Drop into the Staff Lounge for a late-night chill!

Entertainment Break! 11:40-11:55pm ET

Stop by for some entertainment from visual artist Daniel Abramson!

Block 3 12-12:30am ET

 

Building Your Resilience with 12 Interactive, Fun, and Campy Activities
Mark Young, Director of JResponse at JCC Association of North America
Fill your resiliency toolbox with meditation techniques for grounding yourself in the here and now. Whether it’s your first time meditating or your millionth, you will have the opportunity to try on a couple different styles and think about incorporating them into your own practice.

 

Shavuot The Blind Date
Shalom Orzach, Cornerstone Faculty
In a way, Shavuot is like a “blind date.” We only know when it occurs through the counting (of the Omer) that begins on the second night of Pesach, and you arrive, unaware of the story, waiting to hear all about it. The Story of Ruth, chosen to be read on Shavuot, sheds remarkable light on relationships. It provides a profound context for receiving which provides a prelude perhaps to receiving the Torah. This session will glean (pun intended) these fields and landscapes to consider how these relationships ought to inform ours.

 

In this text and discussion based session, we will study an awesome agricultural mitzvah and explore its relevance to us today as camp counselors, staff members, facilitators, educators, mentors, and role models. We will do some chavruta style learning in partners or small groups, and will then join together to share our unique perspectives and insights.

 

I’ll Be There For You…
Yael Farber, Rabbinic Student at HUC-JIR 
When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year… who will be there for you? Sometimes, things that you expect to happen don’t. Or sometimes they do, but they look entirely different. During this session, we’ll take time to reflect and think about who’s on your own team when things don’t go quite as you planned and we’ll explore the challenging task of how to turn to others and ask for support when you need it.

 

Staff Lounge
Foundation for Jewish Camp Jewish Education Team
Need help navigating the night-long schedule? Want to hang with some campy friends? Drop into the Staff Lounge for a late-night chill!

Block 4 12:40-1:10am ET

 

Our Most Resilient Heroes, Our Grittiest Giborim
Aviva Lauer Golbert, Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem
We all know that resilience is an important quality that helps us survive and thrive in life. Often, we look to the characters in the Torah as role models with qualities we want to take on ourselves – but you’d be surprised – some of the most important biblical characters did not have a great deal of grit, while some others had a whole truckload of it! In this choose-your-own-adventure-style interactive text study, we will get to know some of the lesser known, but extremely resilient, biblical role models.

 

The Rabbinical Phoenix – The Tale of the Jewish People
Yoav Yaron, Shaliach Camp Interlaken JCC
In this session focused on open conversation and group learning, we will experience Jewish learning of a few Midrashim and will have a conversation regarding the similarity in them to our communities and people.

 

Sanctified Time Without Sacred Space: Heschel’s The Sabbath
Shira Michaeli and Yaffa Englander, Ramahniks
Heschel’s landmark work “The Sabbath,” envisions Shabbat and Judaism itself as a time-based religion, not a space-based one. What can we learn from Heschel about meaningfully living in a time where we can’t gather together in sacred space like camp? What does it look like for each of us to actively bring the spirit of Shabbat into our lives?

 

The Pain of Revelation: Nine Inch Nails and Shavuot
Avi Orlow, VP of Innovation & Education at Foundation for Jewish Camp
Existential thinking begins when we have the end in mind. How does the experience at Sinai remind us of our limits? With the help of the Talmud, Johnny Cash, and Levinas we will try to make this Shavuot meaningful.

 

Staff Lounge
Foundation for Jewish Camp Jewish Education Team
Need help navigating the night-long schedule? Want to hang with some campy friends? Drop into the Staff Lounge for a late-night chill!

Entertainment Break! 1:15 – 1:30am ET

Entertainment Break! Raise your Voice (Music)
Chana Rothman, Singer/Songwriter
Comes enjoy some great songs with singer/songwriter Chana Rothman! 

Block 5 1:30- 2:00am ET

It Tried To Kill Us, We Won, Let’s Celebrate – Jewish Survival and COVID-19
David Levin-Kruss, Director of Jewish education for JDC Europe
Jews have been through a lot, but we always get back up again – so what is the secret of our persistence? Can these secrets be turned into a formula to be used by us and others to get through COVID-19 and flourish?

 

Standing at a Crossroads: What Should Jacob Do? What Would You Do?
Rachel Friedrichs, Assistant Director at the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators
We often find ourselves at a crossroads where we have to make a decision that might have significant implications and impact future choices we make. Jacob was standing at such a crossroads before he was going to reunite with his brother Esav from whom Jacob had ‘stolen’ his birthright many years earlier. What should Jacob have decided when standing at that crossroads (commentators disagree on this, and likely so will we)? And what would you do in that situation?

 

Ruth- Insights and Relativity to Current Events
Gal Atia, Educational Director of the summer shlichim program and Camp Ramah Wisconsin Program Director
During this session, we will analyze Ruth’s story and who she was and how she behaved and use it as an inspiration of who we should be at this time towards others. Join us to discuss Ruth’s middot and how we can emulate her now.

 

The Perfect Camper (According to the Tanach)
Maxim Delchev, Director of Education for the Jewish community in Bulgaria
Our Jewish texts are full of stories that are very familiar to us, as we probably had camp friends similar to characters in Tanach. We are going to explore together a few stories about the most famous campers in Jewish traditions and give some advice to their madrichim about how to work with them.

 

Staff Lounge
Foundation for Jewish Camp Jewish Education Team
Need help navigating the night-long schedule? Want to hang with some campy friends? Drop into the Staff Lounge for a late-night chill!
Closing Gathering
Foundation for Jewish Camp Jewish Education Team
Join us as we end the night of learning with a performance from spoken word poet, Caroline Rothstein

Questions? Contact data@jewishcamp.org.