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Israel at Camp

Join us for Israel at Camp: A Webinar Series About Meeting the Moment. In response to the needs expressed by camps, this series will present camp leadership with expertise about addressing some of the many challenges unique to the summer of 2024 and help camps move forward with tools to enhance Israel education this summer.

3/12 - Israel at Camp in a Post 10/7 World

Israel at Camp in a Post 10/7 World
Tuesday, March 12  |  1-2:30 PM ET

In our fraught post 10/7 world, conversations about and programming around Israel at camp require a great deal of thought. In this webinar, Laura Shaw Frank, Director of American Jewish Committee’s William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life Department, will speak about tools for holding conversations about Israel, Palestinians, and the ongoing conflict with nuance, empathy, and moral clarity, while supporting our camp communities in continuing to center Jewish identity with Israel at its core. This session will have CART captioning and will be recorded.

3/20 - Israel: Inclusivity and Its Limits This Summer (Part One)

Israel: Inclusivity and Its Limits This Summer (Part One)
Wednesday, March 20  |  2-3:30 PM ET

Recognizing that staff hold a diversity of viewpoints regarding Israel in this moment, this seminar provides the questions to ask and a framework to consider how to be inclusive and hold boundaries at the same time. What will welcoming a diverse array of views look like and where are its limits? How will camps balance the values of pluralism and Zionism when they are both central to their mission? We explore these questions with Joshua Ladon, Director of Education at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and camp colleagues.

3/27 - War-Time Arguments: How to Talk About Israel at Camp

War-Time Arguments: How to Talk About Israel at Camp
Wednesday, March 27  |  2-3:30 PM ET

Join Robbie Gringras, co-director and co-author of For the Sake of Argument, for a workshop on healthy war-time arguments. As you prepare for summer camp, this 90-minute online session will provide you with a few frameworks for thinking about and managing disagreements that might arise about Israel. In addition, you will learn and practice a few specific skills for engaging in healthy arguments, and you will have the opportunity to try out some specific educational material that could be useful at camp with counselors and campers, to learn about and discuss Israel. While this webinar with For the Sake of Argument was not recorded, a detailed introduction to their approach can be viewed here.

4/2 - Israel: Inclusivity and Its Limits This Summer (Part Two): A Conversation with Camp Leaders

Israel: Inclusivity and Its Limits This Summer (Part Two): A Conversation with Camp Leaders
Tuesday April 2  |  2-3:30 PM ET

Directors from camps in FJC’s network speak about some of the strategies they anticipate using to address inclusivity, its limits, and Israel education in a post 10/7 world. This session features a panel conversation followed by breakout rooms. Panelists include: Amy Smyler McFarland, Director of URJ Camp Coleman; Ariella Moss Peterseil, Director of Camp Ramah in California; Helene Drobenare, Executive Director of Camp Young Judea Sprout Lake; Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, Executive Director of Camp Havaya. This is a follow-up of the March 20 webinar with the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Click here for an MP3 file of the audio from this recording.  If you would like a transcript of this webinar, please email Amy Meltzer at amy.meltzer@jewishcamp.org.

4/10 - The Climate on College Campuses: A Conversation with Hillel Professionals

The Climate on College Campuses: A Conversation with Hillel Professionals
Wednesday, April 10th  |  2-3:30 PM ET

A panel of North American campus professionals will share their insights about the experiences of Jewish young adults on North American campuses and some of the ways they are speaking with and supporting college-age students in response to the conflict and the rise of antisemitism. Panelists include, Dan Gold, Executive Director, Hillel at UCLA; Jonah Zinn, Executive Director, University of Florida Hillel; Shana Zionts, Associate Director, Columbia Barnard Hillel; and Rachel Hillman, Associate Director, Northwestern Hillel.

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For questions, please contact Amy Meltzer at amy.meltzer@jewishcamp.org