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Sunday, March 18 • 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Opening Plenary: Community in Context: From Cross-fit to Your Camp

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Casper ter Kuile and Angie Thurston, Harvard Divinity School students and co-authors of How We Gather, share their research that reveals how a host of growing organizations, like Cross-Fit and Soul Cycle build community and transform lives in unexpected ways. These groups, while largely secular, consistently mirror traditional religious functions. Some of the more well-known are described — only half-jokingly — as “cult-like.” Focusing on community, personal transformation, social transformation, purpose finding, creativity, and accountability – how do we take lessons learned and apply them to Jewish camp as we take a leading role and chase excellence in the changing landscape of Jewish engagement.

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Eliav Bock

Executive Director, Ramah in the Rockies
Rabbi Eliav Bock is the founder and director of Ramah in the Rockies. Ordained as rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2009, Eliav is especially interested in helping youth connect to their Jewish souls through nature and the great outdoors. Prior to rabbinical school, Eliav... Read More →
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Barry Finestone

President and CEO, The Jim Joseph Foundation
Barry Finestone is President and CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation. The Foundation supports Jewish education for youth, teens, and young adults in the U.S., with more than $490 million granted in its first 11 years of operation.Prior to the Jim Joseph Foundation, Barry was Executive... Read More →
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Jeremy Fingerman

CEO, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Jeremy joined Foundation for Jewish Camp as CEO in 2010. Prior to joining FJC, he had a highly-regarded 20+ year career in Consumer Packaged Goods, beginning at General Mills , Inc , then at Campbell Soup Company, where he served as President of its largest division, US Soup. In 2005... Read More →
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Casper ter Kuile

Plenary Presenter, Harvard Divinity School
Casper ter Kuile is building a world of joyful belonging. He's a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School where he supports innovative community leaders across the secular/sacred landscape. Together with his colleague Angie Thurston, he's co-authored five reports - i... Read More →
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Naomi Less

Musician, Performer and Educator, Jewish Women Rock
Naomi Less is a Brooklyn-based, internationally celebrated singer/musician, composer, ritualist, activist/educator and radio host of Jewish Rock Radio's "Jewish Women Rock". Naomi serves as Associate Director and one of the Founding Ritual Leaders of Lab/Shul. Naomi is also the director... Read More →
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Rabbi Erin Mason

Director, URJ Camp Newman
Erin currently serves as the Camp Director of URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA. After graduating from The University of Texas in 2000 with a BS in Public Relations, she served as an Assistant Camp Director at URJ Greene Family Camp and also served as a regional youth director for... Read More →
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Angie Thurston

Plenary Presenter, Harvard Divinity School
Angie Thurston is the co-author of "How We Gather," and Harvard Divinity School students share their research that reveals how a host of growing organizations build community and transform lives — in unexpected ways. These groups, while largely secular, consistently mirror traditional... Read More →
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Rachel Wolman

Jewish Music Educator and Songleader, Rachel Wolman Music
Rachel Wolman is a Jewish music educator who currently lives in Richmond Virginia with her wife Rabbi Ahuva Zaches. She has been songleading all over the country for the past fourteen years. Rachel has worked at numerous summer camps as well as synagogues from east coast to west... Read More →

Sunday March 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
Harbor Ballroom, Level 4