Day Camp Kehillot

FJC is excited to announce that Day Camp Kehillot are back with a Fall Series! Day Camp Kehillot are communities of practice for day camp professionals that kick off with an expert guest trainer and are followed by opportunities to deconstruct and reapply the content with peers.

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Kehillot Fall Trainings
Bringing Jewish Day Camp Magic Into the Whole Year & Whole Fam

October 26th at 1:30 – 2:30pm ET, with Rabbi Stacy Rigler

Do we serve campers or families?  Do we work with families over the summer or all year round?  How can we use Jewish holiday programing to meet our goals for connection and Jewish engagement? Increasingly our role as camp professionals is changing from a focus on kids over the summer to a focus on families year round.  What can we learn from research on families with young children to help us understand the families we are serving?  What opportunities do we have to engage families and build relationships?  And how can we brainstorm and dream together to deepen relationships and Jewish connections with our families.

FJC’s Rabbi Stacy Rigler will begin by walking us through three different aspects of research on young families followed by a discussion of the impact on day camp experiences.  Follow up sessions will include an opportunity to design year round opportunities for holidays and rituals that help us meet our goals around family engagement, Jewish living, and relationship building.

Optional Follow-Up Meetings With Peers:

  • Tuesday, October 26th, 2:30 – 3:30 ET (*directly after the kick-off training)
  • Tuesday November 16th, 1:30 – 2:30 ET
  • Tuesday, December 14th, 1:30 – 2:30 ET

Rabbi Stacy Rigler
Rabbi Stacy Rigler joined FJC in the Spring of 2020 as the Senior Program Manager of Jewish Education. Prior to FJC she served as a Rabbi Educator at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. She received a B.A from Emory University, and earned her MAJE and was ordained from Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion. While at KI Stacy held a shared position with URJ Camp Harlam and the Union for Reform Judaism as the program manager for the Jewish Life Network of the URJ Camps and Harlam’s Summer Jewish Life Supervisor. She credits her camp experience with instilling a love of Jewish learning and helping her become the educator she is today. Stacy has served as a lay leader in the Association for Reform Jewish Educators. She is part of the #OnwardHebrew leadership team affiliated with the Jewish Educational Center in Cleveland working across denominations to revolutionize Hebrew learning. Stacy met her husband, Rabbi Peter Rigler, at URJ Camp Harlam where their three children spend their summers.

Feedback-Informed Camper Recruitment and Retention Plans for Summer 2022

November 2nd at 1:30 – 2:30pm ET, with Jay Frankel

“The campers had a great summer, even though the staff were very challenged and exhausted!” Sound familiar? You are not alone, and we want to connect you with your day camp peers and content experts to ensure that families and staff find their way back to your communities next summer and always.

Join us for a special Kehillah kick-off training led by FJC Senior Consultant and day camp specialist, Jay Frankel. Jay will guide us through the process of creating retention and recruitment strategies that are rooted in lessons learned from last summer including feedback from campers, parents, and staff.

We will continue meeting as a group over three sessions in the fall led by FJC’s Director of Day Camp, Jenni Zeftel, and our new FJC Fellow, Adena Leon, who will be working solely on the day camp and early childhood portfolio. Together, we will build upon what we learn from Jay and continue workshopping our retention and recruitment strategies as a learning community.

Optional Follow-Up Meetings With Peers:

Staff Recruitment

  • Thursday November 4th, 1:30-2:30pm ET
  • Thursday December 2nd, 1:30-2:30pm ET 
  • Thursday December 16th, 1:30-2:30pm ET

Camper Recruitment

  • Thursday November 4th, 4-5pm ET
  • Thursday December 2nd, 4-5pm ET
  • Thursday December 16th, 4-5pm ET

Jay Frankel

Jay Frankel is a Sr. Consultant for the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the President of True To Life Training. Clients benefit from his expertise in organizational development, marketing & recruitment, transition management, leadership development, coaching, and performance management. Prior to starting True To Life Training in 1999, Jay was the east coast training director at Gap, Inc. and the Director of Training & Development for Viacom, Inc.

Jay serves as the Field Operations Director for FJC’s Specialty Camps Incubator, which has launched 15 Jewish specialty camps since 2010.  He is a mentor and lead trainer for the FJC’s Specialty Day Camp Incubator and has been the lead faculty for many FJC programs, including Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), Yitro Leadership Program, the Goodman Modern Israel History Initiative, as well as several institutional strengthening initiatives. Jay is a featured workshop facilitator and is a regularly scheduled speaker at ACA National and ACA-NYNJ Tri-State Conference.

Jay feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in mission-minded and outcomes driven work in the Jewish community.  He and his wife are most proud that they have successfully put two thoughtful, feeling human beings out into the world.


Please email Adena at with any questions.