Yedid Nefesh Initiative

Supporting Mental Health

With a visionary gift from The Marcus Foundation, FJC aspires to elevate the field to nurture all in our Jewish camp family. Through these efforts, we can build stronger, more inclusive, and resilient communities, year-round.

This initiative aims to provide overnight and day camps with financial and programmatic support for camps to address mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health (MESSH) in holistic ways—supporting camps’ hiring qualified mental health professionals, enhancing counselor training, integrating wellness programming into activity areas, and developing other ways to create cultural change within their camp communities year-round. Funding also includes professional development, research, and evaluation. There are three cohorts, each convening for up to four years and consisting of 30+ camps who are at various stages of addressing MESSH needs but all interested in growth and expanding resources.

Applications for this opportunity are closed at this time.

Questions? Please contact jill@jewishcamp.org.

View the Yedid Nefesh Advisory Group

Camp Cohorts

*Supported by UJA – Federation of New York and The Jewish Communal Fund of New York
**Supported by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Yedid Nefesh Initiative FAQs

What does the initiative name, Yedid Nefesh, mean?

How does this initiative define mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health (MESSH)?

How much funding do camps receive?

Do you list job postings for mental health professionals?

Can My Camp’s Team Participate in Professional Development Through Yedid Nefesh, Even If We Didn’t Receive the Grant?