Community Care Resources

Community Care Resources

Programs and Initiatives

Yedid Nefesh  Yashar Initiative

Resources, Training and Community Organizations

Disabilities and Inclusion Community Organizations

Shutaf: Inclusion Guide – Shutaf

Keshet: Keshet – An Organization for Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities

Neurodiverse at Camp: Home

Franki Bagdadi: Franki Bagdade M. Ed. LLMSW, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-Focused Services: My mission through FAAB Consulting and Franki Bagdade Therapy is to ensure that education, parent support, mental health services, coaching, camp and recreation programs are accessible for those who are neurodivergent

Community Care Camp Services

The Jewish Braille Institute – Helping to bring people of all ages and backgrounds who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled gain access to Jewish life, learning, and culture through braille, large print, and audio texts.  JBI offers a wide range of free customized materials in braille, audio, and large print formats. For more information about producing accessible materials for your camp, please contact Daniel Gamble at dgamble@jbilibray.org.

Ease – Offering online staff training & camper education on Consent, Boundaries, Relationships & Sex Ed & more for people with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (Autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, etc.).


Inclusion Resources

Inclusion Resources

Welcome to the INCLUSION TRAINING GUIDE FOR JEWISH SUMMER CAMPS. Proudly, we see that attention to including campers with disabilities is exploding as a priority across movements, and organizations with interest in overnight camping, day camping, vocational training programs, family camps, and more!

group of campers cheeringFJC is grateful for the generous support of UJA-Federation of New York – Neshamot Fund, and our partner, the Ramah Camping Movement, on development of this guide. The teams at FJC and The Ramah Camping Movement, and many helpful colleagues in the disabilities camping field have worked tirelessly to collect, organize, and bring online the many useful resources in this guide.

It is our sincere hope that this guide will evolve through use and feedback, as a regularly updated, hands-on, online resource assisting you in all aspects of your work with campers with disabilities. Please use the form below to submit comments and subscribe to updates.

Currently you can download the guide in its entirety or by individual chapter.

We would like to offer a list of professionals and other organizations in the field serving people with disabilities. Please complete this form so we can include you and your organization in future updates to this guide.


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Whether you are a camp director, inclusion specialist, director of a disabilities camping program, counselor, or activity specialist, there is something here for you! We see this project growing and expanding over time. This first version offers basic information on

  • the history of disabilities camping
  • models of camping for people with disabilities
  • benefits of camping for both campers with disabilities and the typical camp community
  • overviews of various disabilities
  • useful tools for day to day work with campers

We have created this online resource guide to share information and resources which will help you feel more confident in your work with children with disabilities.

  • Camp directors may want to take a look at sections pertaining to inclusive camping for people with disabilities, successful inclusion in Jewish summer camp, inclusive camps, specific disabilities and related activities, communicating with parents, staff training, and people first language.
  • Inclusion Coordinators will find it particularly useful to access certain materials like intake forms, people first language and general information on inclusive camping before the summer, while other materials like staff training (role-plays, sensitivity activities, values based on Jewish texts, and people first language) may be useful while camp is in session.
  • Counselors, division heads, inclusion coordinators, program directors and camper care teams may find such tools as social stories, visual schedules, and tips on managing camper behavior, and speaking to the bunk about inclusion and disabilities to be particularly useful.


Download the Full Guide

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FJC is grateful for the generous support of UJA-Federation of New York – Neshamot Fund.

UJA-Federation of New York

This guide was developed in partnership with Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Ramah Camping Movement. FJCRamah Camping Movement

MESSH Intern Projects

MESSH Intern Projects

Pocket Affirmations Guide Created by Cassidy Orange and Joelle Newman

Post camp emotional unpacking journal for staff Created by Illanit Abraham and Carly Hurvitz

Maintaining a Bunk After Camp Created by Josh Hertz and Benny Klein

Staff Mood Playlists Created by Noa Fidel and Noy Okashi

Stretch It Out – Stretching and Meditation Guide Created by Natalie Ryba and Dalya Block

Packing List of Tools for First Year Staff, Created by Mitchell Friedman, Shari Goldberg, and Matthew Ghan

On Camp Day Off Ideas and Considerations, Created by Carly Chessin and Hannah Spevak

Gratitude Journal, Created by Anna Levine and Lucie Waldman

Mental Health Through the Ages, Created by Gabi Burkholz and Morgan Froke

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Toolkit, Created by Jillian Bandler and Tally Levy

Guide to use the FJC Staff Self Care Pinterest Page, Created by Aric Acopa and Shayna Kling

Pocket Grounding Guide for Staff, Created by Hannah Gilman and Julia Frankel

Staff Appreciation Bank of Ideas, Created by Amanda Leventhal and Hannah Via

Time Off Guide for Staff, Created by Zachary Ellis and Lili Litnovetsy 

Mood Playlists, Created by Noa Landau-Camarillo and Amanda Thompson

Understanding and Navigating Camper Boundaries, Consent, and How It Relates to Mental Wellness, Created by Shmuel Berman and Charlotte Cooper

Sensory/Quiet Room, Created by Julia Parnes and Tiffany Padron

Self Care Checklists, Created by Harrison Bromberg and Elana Rebitzer

Social Emotional Skill Building, Created by Lindsey Kessler and Hope Phillips

Space Audit Checklist and Action Plan, Created by Eve Haras and Elisheva Malomet

Lunch N’ Learn Resource Guide, Created by Ben Shovers, Leia Withee, and Izzy Namath

CIT/SIT Training Curriculum, Created by Lexi Dockman

Building a Brave Bunk, Created by Erica Jonas; Alyssa Glucksman

Back Pocket Coping Activities for Campers and Staff, Created by Morgan Morris, Shoshana Maniscalco, and Ellie Lustigman

What is your MESSH Message? Created by Dani Sobel and Ciara Gouldsboro

FJC Mental Health Awareness Month Social Media Plan, Created by Gala Gonsalves and Hannah Aronow

The Great Escape, Created by Warner Morales

Social Emotional Skill Building, Created by Kayla Brumer and Maddie Starkenburg

Understanding Tisha B’Av Through Empathy and Allyship

Understanding Tisha B’Av Through Empathy and Allyship

Evaluation of FJC Ruderman/Alexander Inclusion Initiative

Evaluation of FJC Ruderman/Alexander Inclusion Initiative

Summer 2017 Evaluation of FJC Ruderman/Alexander Inclusion Initiative intended to identify, define, and evaluate inclusive camp practices and explore best practices for inclusion and accessibility for people in the camp community with disabilities.

Including Campers with Disabilities: Learning from the Work of Inclusion Coordinators at Jewish Summer Camps

Including Campers with Disabilities: Learning from the Work of Inclusion Coordinators at Jewish Summer Camps

We are happy to share our latest study based on our Community of Practice for Jewish camp Inclusion Coordinators. The study, Including Campers with Disabilities: Learning from the Work of Inclusion Coordinators at Jewish Summer Camps, was conducted in partnership with The Jewish Theological Seminary.  Studies of diversity and inclusion have informed our efforts to create welcoming, inclusive communities.


The field of Jewish camp has become increasingly aware of and responsive to the numbers of children with special needs and physical disabilities in recent years. As a first step towards initiating field-wide changes in this arena, Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) is engaged in a research project mapping current, potential, and desired services available to children with emotional, intellectual, and physical disabilities at nonprofit Jewish overnight camps across North America

Laszlo Strategies delivered the results of the research (conducted in early 2013), the first of its kind in the Jewish community. The survey garnered results from 170 camp staff members (from 124 camps), 262 parents, and 141 campers.

Executive Summary

Key Findings

Full Survey Findings

Inclusion and Disabilities: Human Dreidel

Inclusion and Disabilities: Human Dreidel

A game of dreidel that allows participants to move their bodies and have agency over how they participate.

Download: Inclusion and Disabilities Human Dreidel_KC_Ariella Rosen

Inclusion and Disabilities Track 1: 4 Children Activity

Inclusion and Disabilities Track 1: 4 Children Activity

An exploration of difference using the 4 children from the Passover Haggadah as a framework.

Download: Inclusion and Disabilities 4 Children_KC_Ariella Rosen

Inclusion and Disabilities: Sukkah Building

Inclusion and Disabilities: Sukkah Building

An activity involving different ways of making spaces accessible and inclusive, using the Sukkah as a framework.

Download: Ariella-ST3-Handout-3, Ariella-ST3-Handout-2Sukkah Building_KC_Rosen