Day Camp Kehillot

FJC is excited to offer Day Camp Kehillot for day camp professionals!

Last year, we launched a Day Camp Kehillot pilot to form communities of practice among day camp professionals and staff. Thank you to all who participated and provided valuable feedback. We heard you, and are excited to announce a new and improved relaunch. We hope you’ll join us for one or all of the three Winter Kehillot (see offerings below). Each Kehillah will kick off with a virtual training facilitated by an expert guest speaker. Each training is followed by three optional FJC-facilitated small group meetings with peers to deconstruct and reapply the training content to your own camp communities.

If you or someone on your staff joins a Kehillah we expect that:

  • Kehillah members either attend or watch the recording of the kick-off training.
  • If participating in the follow-up meetings, every attempt is made to come to all three meetings.

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Kehillot Winter Trainings
Planning, Pivoting, and Rolling with the Punches: Communications in 2021

Kick off Training – December 15th, 3:00 – 4:30pm ET with Miriam Brosseau.

Let’s face it: there’s no manual for day camp communications to meet this moment of global unrest and uncertainty. And while we can’t really know what challenges we’re going to face in 2021, we are anything but helpless. In this interactive session, we’ll look at how other industries have responded to the changing communications landscape (and succeeded!), draw out principles and strategies we can apply to our own work, and learn specific tactics to put into practice as we plan, pivot, and roll with the punches of yet another unprecedented year.

Optional Follow-Up Meetings With Peers:

  • Thursday, December 17th, 2:30 – 3:30
  • Thursday, January 7th, 2:30 – 3:30
  • Thursday, February 4th, 2:30 – 3:30

Miriam Brosseau is principal of Tiny Windows Consulting, a boutique digital communications consultancy built to help busy Jewish leaders get creative and build community online. Before launching Tiny Windows in 2018, Miriam spent 12 years working inside nonprofits including running the Jewish TED-style platform ELI Talks (as its first program director). As Chief Innovation Officer of See3 Communications, she consulted with a wide range of organizations including Make-A-Wish America, the BUILD Initiative, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Miriam is a member of the ROI Network of young Jewish innovators and was named to the New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” list in 2013, and to Chicago’s “Double Chai in the Chi” list in 2019. She is the cohost of the podcast “Throwing Sheyd” and spent several years as the lead singer/songwriter of Stereo Sinai. In “real life,” Miriam is mom to two beautiful boys and spends her free time reading, watching Star Trek, drinking too much coffee, and roller skating.

Holiday Brainstorm: Virtual Camper Engagement from Tu B'shvat to Purim and Across the Red Sea

Kick off Training – Tuesday, January 12th, from 3:00- 4:30pm ET with Shawn Shafner.

Following the success and popularity of the recent Hannukkah Brainstorm for day camps, FJC is pleased to welcome teaching artist Shawn Shafner to inspire day camp professionals to continue innovative virtual holiday programming for campers and families in 2021. Shawn will provide tips and tricks to keep camp families excited in the Zoom room. In this energizing session, day camp professionals will come together for an infusion of new ideas while Shawn models best practices through an experiential Tu B’shvat program. Leave with activities and tools to plug and play right into your own year-round engagement holiday programs, from Tu B’shvat to Purim and across the Red Sea.

Optional Follow-Up Meetings With Peers:

  • Thursday, January 14th, 2:30 – 3:30
  • Thursday, February 11th, 2:30 – 3:30
  • Thursday, March 4th, 2:30 – 3:30

Shawn Shafner is an artist, educator and activist based out of Brooklyn, NY. Since receiving a Spielberg Fellowship from Foundation for Jewish Camps in 2005, Shawn has created dozens of original programs integrating Jewish ritual, theater, art, education, and community at more JCCs, religious schools, day camps and overnight camps than you can shake a dreidel at. Shawn has experience implementing family programs, storytelling, and mindfulness exercises for elementary and early childhood settings at the 14th Street Y, Union Temple, Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan, and the Jewish Community Project. A seasoned trainer and speaker at numerous professional development conferences, Shawn is especially honored to be a founding faculty member for FJC’s Common Ground Fellowship, developing leadership skills in Counselors in Training for Jewish day camps in the NY area. 

Shawn is also a working artist! Founder of The People’s Own Organic Power Project, “The Puru” catalyzes conversations about sustainable sanitation for every pooper – and the planet we poop on 🙂 From the floor of the United Nations to the mountains of Rwanda, he has spread poop positivity over ten years on four continents, at colleges across the country, toured four critically-acclaimed shows, released three years of Poopcast episodes, produced one feature-length documentary, and had countless conversations about the doo we all do do. Find out more at 

MESH Tools: A Guide to Staff Hiring in 2021

Kick off Training – January 19th, from 2:00 – 3:30pm ET with Amy Bram. 

      How can we as day camp leadership treat each staff applicant with care for their own mental wellness as we sit between the two most unique summers the camping industry has seen in recent history? One thing we know is certain: each individual on the planet is living through the collective trauma of a pandemic. That includes the staff we will expect to care for campers in 2021. In this session we will explore the staff application and hiring process through a mental health lens. Our work together will be content and expertise heavy, with time for facilitated workshopping of ideas and key concepts. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to show up for 2021 staff with care, from the initial application to official hiring and on-boarding, so that they are set up to be excellent caregivers themselves in Summer 2021.

Optional Follow-Up Meetings With Peers:

  • Thursday, January 21st, 2:30 – 3:30
  • Thursday, February 18th, 2:30 – 3:30
  • Thursday, March 11th, 2:30 -3:30

Amy Bram, a seasoned veteran of Jewish camp, is a Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer, leading programs & trainings specifically geared for camp communities. Amy is also a leadership team member and the East Coast liaison for Camp Brave Trails, a youth leadership camp for LGBT+ youth ages 11 – 18. She brings all of these experiences together to advise camps in creating healthy communities for campers, staff and families. With a track record over 20 years of camp leadership, Amy is also a sincere advocate for day camps with experience in leading the Association of Independent Jewish Camps Day Camp cohort, consulting with The Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center & coaching the Camp Director to launch Tiyul Summer Adventures Day Camp, directing the inaugural summer of the Sunrise Association’s Horizon Day Camp, serving children with cancer & their siblings in the greater DC & Baltimore area, directing Camp Milldale at the Baltimore JCC, acting as senior director of Camp Kingfisher at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA.


Please email Rebecca at with any questions.