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Sunday, March 18
 

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Sunday March 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Harbor Ballroom, Level 4

12:45pm

1:00pm

Opening Plenary: Community in Context: From Cross-fit to Your Camp
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.

Speakers
avatar for Eliav Bock

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 →
avatar for Barry Finestone

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 →
avatar for Jeremy Fingerman

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 →
avatar for Casper ter Kuile

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 →
avatar for Naomi Less

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 →
avatar for Rabbi Erin Mason

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 →
avatar for Angie Thurston

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 →
avatar for Rachel Wolman

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
Harbor Ballroom, Level 4

3:00pm

Office Hours: 21st Century Skills Frameworks for Staff Management
Limited Capacity full
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Scott is available to speak with you about how to make your camp a 21st Century Learning environment for both campers and staff.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Brody

Scott Brody

CEO, Everwood Day Camp and Camps Kenwood & Evergreen
Scott is the owner & founder of Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA, which serves more than 600 children per day. He is also the owner and director of Camps Kenwood & Evergreen, a private residential summer program founded in 1930 that serves 330 children for seven weeks each summer... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Office Hours: Branding Your Camp & Marketing to Both Jewish & Interfaith Families
Limited Capacity full
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Everything about your brand matters. Stop by to talk to Archie Gottesman about creating the strongest brand for your camp. For the best use of these office hours, please come prepared with examples of your camps marketing materials.

Speakers
avatar for Archie Gottesman

Archie Gottesman

Founder, JewBelong.com
A wise rabbi once said: “Judaism is a great product, but the marketing sucks.” As a Jew and a branding professional, Archie is in full agreement. Archie believes that warm, meaningful Jewish rituals will keep people connected to their Jewish roots. This includes people who have... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Office Hours: Camp and Jewish Communal Careers
Joe is available to speak with you about camp and Jewish careers. Specifically, how can camp people use their skills to prepare for professional positions in the Jewish world?

Speakers
avatar for Joe Reimer

Joe Reimer

Former Director, Institute for Informal Jewish Education
Joe Reimer is a professor at Brandeis, former director of the Institute for Informal Jewish Education and founding faulty of the ELI program of the FJC.


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Harbor Registration, Level 4

3:00pm

Office Hours: Fundraising
Limited Capacity full
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David is ready to discuss fundraising plans and strategy, or current "live" situations you are facing in your agency.

Speakers
avatar for David Phillips

David Phillips

Principal, Immersive 1st
David Phillips is a native of the UK, having moved to the USA in 1990 after being infected by the ‘summer camp bug’! David is Principal of Immersive1st Consulting, a firm that specializes in assisting not-for-profit organizations in areas such as fundraising, strategic planning... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Office Hours: Leadership Styles
Limited Capacity full
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Bring your questions related to discovering or expanding your set of leadership styles with staff, campers and/or volunteers.  

Speakers
avatar for Michael Mellen

Michael Mellen

President/Lead Coach, Iron and Sage, Inc.
As an executive, organizational, and personal coach, trainer and speaker Michael Mellen works with people in a variety of organizational and life roles. He explores the world and finds power in story, in listening, and in each of our ability to find a path that has the potential to... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Office Hours: Mental Health, Disability, Inclusion
Limited Capacity full
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Pamela Schuller launched and runs a Jewish teen mental-health initiative. Stop by to discuss any questions or concerns you have about mental-health on camp or questions you have about staff training on mental-health related topics. Also available to answer any inclusion based questions.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Schuller

Pamela Schuller

Program Manager, Here. Now.
Pamela Schuller is the Program Manager for Here.Now., The Jewish Board's Jewish teen mental-health initiative. Pam holds Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Youth Outreach through the Arts and a Master’s Degree in Child Advocacy and Policy. Pam is also an inclusion advocate, often... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Office Hours: Strategic Staff Development
Limited Capacity full
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Brett and Jonah are available to speak with you about strategic implementation of staff development at your camp.

Speakers
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Consultant
Jonah Canner is an educator, facilitator and mentor offering spiritual, emotional, and strategic support to people and organizations doing good work in the world. His primary focus areas, include racial equity, restorative justice, experiential education, and working through conflict... Read More →
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Consultant
Brett Gurwitz is a trainer, coach and consultant, with over twenty years of youth development experience. Brett currently works with Ramapo for Children as the Associate Director of Youth and Community Development, where he helps educators and youth professionals gain practical tools... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Office Hours: Summation Research: Camper Satisfaction (in Day & Overnight Camp)
Limited Capacity full
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We’re here to answer any questions you may have about Camper and Staff Satisfaction Insights (CSI and SSI).

Speakers
avatar for Linda Denham

Linda Denham

Senior Associate, The Summation Research Group, Inc.
Linda Denham is Senior Associate at Summation Research and has been working extensively on the FJC’s Camper Satisfaction Insights (CSI) Study and One Happy Camper (OHC) applicant research for over 6 years. Linda is a seasoned business professional with 31 years of diverse, cross-functional... Read More →
avatar for Mark Sass

Mark Sass

President, The Summation Research Group, Inc.
Mark Sass is the founder and president of the Summation Research Group, established in 1995. Summation designed and has led the Foundation for Jewish Camp's Camper Satisfaction Insights (CSI) Study since 2006 and also partners with the FJC on Staff Satisfaction Insights (SSI) and... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Office Hours: Taking a Coaching Approach to Supervision 
Limited Capacity full
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You will leave knowing a new approach to how you can help your staff grow and develop while at the same time, get stuff done in fast-paced camp environment.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Scott Brown Leadership Coaching, LLC
Scott brings three decades of experience and a track record of success to his coaching practice, Scott Brown Leadership Coaching, LLC, which he founded in 2015. From media to marketing to legal to non-profit leaders, from rabbis to executives in the C-suite to early career staff... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Office Hours: The History & Contributions of FJC
Limited Capacity filling up

In this, the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s 20th year, FJC’s founding executive director will be available to share why and how FJC was established, what the field of Jewish camp was like before FJC, and the tremendous distance the field has traveled since 1998.

Speakers
avatar for Ramie Arian

Ramie Arian

Consultant, Ramie Arian Consulting
Ramie Arian is a consultant who works with Jewish camps, youth movements and other agencies concerned with building Jewish identity and commitment in young people and adults. Throughout his 40-year career he has worked in Jewish education, mainly in experiential settings. He was founding... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Office Hours: Using Video (Preparation & Execution) to Maximize Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

Mike is available to speak with you about how to create impactful videos for your camp and the creative (not the highly technical) approaches Perlow Productions takes with its camps.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Perlow

Mike Perlow

President, Perlow Productions, LLC
Founder & President of Perlow Productions; a video production company based just outside of Philadelphia. We work with summer camps all over the country creating powerful recruiting/promotional videos. Our services include ground level and aerial videography, full video editing... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Harbor Registration, Level 4

3:00pm

25 ways to K.E.O.L.E. (Keep Em Or Lose Em)
Your campers are registered, and now it's your job to make sure they show up to your camp! Parents and children change their minds all the time. They may be registered to camp, but so what! Walk away from this session with 25 GREAT IDEAS to keep your campers and parents thinking about YOUR camp all-year-long, so when summer comes, there is no doubt that they will all show up!

Speakers
avatar for Sam Bloom

Sam Bloom

Director, Emma Kaufmann Camp
Sam Bloom has been part of the camping, sports and recreation community for 30 years and has spoken at several camping conference across the country over the past 6 years including the ACA Keystone Regional Camping Conference, the Tri-State Camping Conference in Atlantic City, and... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Essex A, Level 4

3:00pm

Beyond the Binder: Evaluation Tools That Make Your Accreditation Standards Work For You All Year Long
The goal of this session is to equip camp professionals with strategies they can use to evaluate and improve camp processes related to ACA accreditation standards throughout the camp season. Participants will gain easy-to-use evaluation tools and an understanding of how to use these tools to make standards valuable beyond just the accreditation visit. Using evaluation for decision-making related to these standards will help camps continuously improve program quality, participant outcomes, and ensure readiness for future accreditation visits. This session is relevant to the many professionals running Jewish camps that are ACA accredited, those interested in seeking accreditation, and any others who want to expand their camp evaluation toolbox.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Browne

Laurie Browne

Director of Research, American Camp Association
Laurie Browne, PhD, is the Director of Research for the American Camp Association. In that role she encourages camps to evaluate their campers and their programs in order to document outcomes and continually improve program quality. She also facilitates industry-wide research to expand... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Heron, Level 4

3:00pm

Building a Pipeline to Camp
Learning from a succesful initiative started in Toronto, we will present a pipeline strategy to build campership. Starting from a young age we introduced a series of programs to slowly introduce children and families to overnight camp, then progressively move them into more intensive experiences in order to build a camper pipeline. Participants will be exposed to an interesting and innovative model of growing the pool of potential campers.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Held

Daniel Held

Executive Director, Executive Director of the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education
Daniel Held is the Executive Director of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, which builds the capacity Toronto’s system of Jewish education. He has a wide range of experience in strategic philanthropy, conducting research and evaluation... Read More →
avatar for Evan Mazin

Evan Mazin

Director of Educational Capacity Building, UJA Federation's Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education
Evan is the Director of Educational Capacity Building at UJA Federation of Greater and works to build the capacity of Toronto’s system of Jewish education. Evan oversees the work with day schools, supplementary schools, and day & overnight camps through the Silber Family Centre... Read More →
avatar for Allan Silber

Allan Silber

Chairman, Street Capital Group Inc.
Allan is the Chairman of Street Capital Group Inc., which he founded in 1979, and Street Capital Bank of Canada. He plays a critical and decisive role in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, finance and capital market activities for Street Capital. Allan is actively involved in... Read More →
avatar for Simon Wolle

Simon Wolle

Camp Director, Camp Northland-B’nai Brith
Simon is thrilled to be the Director at Camp Northland-B’nai Brith. Simon has acted in many capacities in the world of Jewish overnight camping. He has been a Camp Director and a board member at other camps such as Camp Gesher and Camp Shomria. He has also led and participated in... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Waterview C, Lobby Level

3:00pm

Children's Rights are Campers' Rights: Rethinking How We Look at Bunk Rules and Behavior Management
Inspired by Janusz Korczak's ideas on the rights of children, during this session you rethink and transform how you approach behavior management of young campers. Participants will explore how to address the specific developmental needs of young campers and learn effective communication strategies. You will gain tools to bring back to camp, to build a respectful community that empowers children and counselors to play, learn and grow.

Speakers
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found leading school and family programs at the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, and other cultural organizations around... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Dover A, Level 3

3:00pm

Data-Driven Insights: Best Practices for Strengthening Camp Staff Engagement
Data from FJC’s Staff Satisfaction Insights (SSI) survey illuminates the variety of approaches that can lead to a positive staff experience. Staff outcomes from such experiences include a strong sense of commitment to camp, cohesive staff cultures, effective leadership development, a hearty embrace of Jewish values and sense of Jewish identity, as well as staff retention. In this session, we will discuss lessons learned from the SSI survey, and four camps will each share their overall approach to staff engagement along with the specific strategies they use to support their staff. Featuring Becky Altman from Beber Camp, Ben Panet from Camp Sabra, Katie Quinn from Camp Tawonga, and Shoshi Rothschild from Camp Kinneret, this conversation will be moderated by researcher Daniel Shore.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Altman

Becky Altman

Director, Beber Camp
Becky Altman joined the Beber family in the summer of 1984 as a camper and spent most of her summers returning to camp as a camper, counselor and leadership staff member over the years. Like all Jewish parents hope for when they send their children to overnight camp, Becky met her... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel

Associate Director, Camp Tawonga
Aaron first came to Tawonga as a camper in 1994 and joined the staff as a counselor in 2002, which was the best job he has ever had. In 2007, Aaron joined the full-time staff as Tawonga’s Teen Program Coordinator and moved on to become one of Camp’s Assistant Directors before... Read More →
avatar for Ben Panet

Ben Panet

Assistant Director, Camp Sabra
Ben Panet is an Assistant Director at Camp Sabra where he is responsible for staffing and programming. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, he now calls St. Louis home. Ben will be spending his 15th summer at Sabra and his 5th summer in his full time role. Ben was a Yitro 3 Fellow and... Read More →
avatar for Shoshi Rothschild

Shoshi Rothschild

Associate Director, Camp Kinneret-Biluim
Shoshi Rothschild has been involved in the camping world since the age of nine, when she first started as a camper at Camp Kinneret. She currently lives in Montreal and is the Associate Director of Camp Kinneret-Biluim, located in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Shoshi is a recent graduate... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Shore

Daniel Shore

Organizational Researcher, George Mason University
Daniel Shore spent 9 summers on staff at the URJ camp Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), including 4 summers as a Rosh Eidah (Unit Head). In 2013, he received his Master's degree from the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Dover B, Level 3

3:00pm

Emergency Preparedness and Response - Are You Ready?
Is your Camp prepared to respond in an emergency? Learn what to do before, during, and after a "crisis" to ensure the best possible outcomes for your camp and community. Hear stories from the front lines of what to do and what not to do. You will leave this session with a step-by-step guide for how to organize and respond to any emergency, and with tips for dealing with the media.

Speakers
avatar for Eliav Bock

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 →
avatar for Rebecca Meyer

Rebecca Meyer

Camp Director, Camp Tawonga
Becca has worked year-round at Tawonga since 2007, currently as Camp Director and previously as Associate Director. Becca graduated from Harvard with a degree in Comparative Religion. Prior to joining the full-time staff at Tawonga, Becca worked as a Staffing Director at Camp Walt... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Grand Ballroom 9, Level 3

3:00pm

Got a Minute? How to stay Focused, Despite the Circumstances
Diana Bloom will teach take-away actionable systems that can be implemented immediately to achieve higher productivity and efficiency in all areas of a camp organization. This session will provide tools to control your interruptions and enable you to operative in a proactive mode every day. The session will address issues such as the "got a minute?" interruptions, email and phone distractions, and how to stay present for the task or person in front of you, while creating a Totally Accountable culture.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Bloom

Diana Bloom

Consultant, Totally Accountable
Productivity and Efficiency Coach Diana Bloom travels throughout North America teaching take-away actionable systems to achieve higher productivity and efficiency in all areas of an organization. Diana spends her summers as Head Counselor at URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Grand Ballroom 7-8, Level 3

3:00pm

How Goodly Are Your Tents: Circus Arts as an Educational Vehicle in Jewish Camping
This session will begin with a discussion of circus arts, which in addition to being fun, will also assist in teaching respect, trust, self-confidence, and occasionally healing between communities. You will learn about Kirkas Galil, a youth circus of Israeli Arabs and Jews and a wonderful vehicle for social change. We will discuss using circus arts to study biblical texts, engaging in partner acrobatics and human pyramids to process and struggle with the text. The goal of the session is to model a program that provides the opportunity to study Jewish text in profound, exciting, innovative, and unusual ways, leading to an opening up of Jewish study to all, and especially to those who may find traditional methods difficult or unappealing. This very experiential and intellectually deep study belongs in camps, and will lead to great excitement among campers. This workshop is accessible to all skill and ability levels.

Speakers
avatar for Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser

Executive VP and Academic Dean, Academy for Jewish Religion
Dr. Ora Horn Prouser is the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial and graduate school in Yonkers, New York. She received her BA and PhD from The Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as a BA from Columbia... Read More →
avatar for Ayal Prouser

Ayal Prouser

Adjunct Artist, Academy for Jewish Religion
Ayal Prouser is currently completing his Master’s degree in Film and Media Studies at Columbia University, where he has focused on the new field of Circus Studies. Ayal has loved the circus for as long as he can remember and has been a practitioner for over a decade. He has performed... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Waterview A-B, Lobby Level

3:00pm

How To Have It All: An Amazing Family & an Amazing Job at an Amazing Camp!
Join us for this roundtable discussion about how to be the best camp professional that you can be while still being a great parent. It is do-able, however, we may need help from those who have done it before us. Share your strategies and best practices about child care, cabin and behavior management and how to help your child make the transition from staff kid to camper. Find out tips and techniques to integrate family time into your busy camp schedule.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Anderson

Robin Anderson

Director, Camp Young Judaea Midwest
Robin Anderson is the director of Camp Young Judaea Midwest, located in Waupaca, WI. She assumed the director role in December 2015 after 10 years as the associate director. Robin has a BA in Jewish Studies and Sociology from Indiana University and an MA in Jewish Communal Service... Read More →
avatar for Toni Davison Levenberg

Toni Davison Levenberg

Director, Camp Interlaken JCC
Toni Davison Levenberg just completed her 12th summer at Camp Interlaken JCC in Eagle River, Wisconsin where she is the Director. Toni has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and she just received her Master’s Degree in Jewish... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Iron, Level 4

3:00pm

How to Talk About Body Image & Create a Positive Body Culture At Camp
During this interactive workshop, you will examine the connections between Judaism, body image, eating disorders, mental health, recovery, and social identity. You will explore how creating body positive dialogue and creative content at camp can offer healing, restoration, and support. The session will include a brief poetry performance, a group discussion around body image and body culture at camp, a writing workshop, and discussion on how to bring these concepts and programming to camp for lasting and sustainable empowerment of change.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based internationally touring and award-winning writer, poet, performer, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, facilitating workshops and teaching at colleges, schools, performance venues, summer camps, and... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Kent C, Level 4

3:00pm

Israel: Looking Good @ 70
Join Israel @ Camp for an interactive learning experience that will provide you with practical tools and techniques for elevating conversations around Israel and deepening campers’ engagement. Together, we will explore a variety of resources that present Israel through unique and diverse lenses, and discover how to integrate Israel into camp in this celebratory 70th year, and in years to come.

Speakers
avatar for Ari Berkowicz

Ari Berkowicz

Program Manager, The iCenter
Ari Berkowicz currently serves as a Program Manager at The iCenter. After completing a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland, he studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem where he began his journey as a Jewish professional. Upon his return to the States... Read More →
avatar for Aliza Goodman

Aliza Goodman

Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education, The iCenter
Aliza Goodman is the Director of Professional Development at The iCenter, where she has served for over eight years growing the field of Israel education. She currently leads the design and implementation of The iCenter’s professional development initiatives for Jewish educators... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Kent A-B, Level 4

3:00pm

Making Mensches: Excelling at Value Based Programming
The Making Mensches Periodic Table has embedded itself in the educational programming at camps all over the U.S and Canada. In this session you will have the opportunity to learn from, and brainstorm with, professionals who are excelling in this area. Through this experiential and dynamic session, you will have the ability to explore multiple, unique approaches to using middot at camp that have proven effective. In addition, you will have the opportunity to brainstorm with your peers some new and exciting ways to bring this educational framework to camp.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa David

Lisa David

Director, URJ Camp Harlam
Lisa David, Director of URJ Camp Harlam, returned to Harlam first as the Associate Director in April of 2014 and was promoted to Director in 2017. Lisa began her involvement with Camp Harlam as a camper in 1988, continuing through as a CIT, staff member, and Supervisor. Prior to... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Dingman

Rachel Dingman

Assistant Director of Hillel, Penn State, Camp Sabra
Rachel is currently the Assistant Director of Hillel at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Allegheny College in 2008 with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology. After Allegheny she served 2 years in AmeriCoprs with Maine Campus Compact working on service learning... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Fineberg

Jeremy Fineberg

Rosh Tefilah, Camp Ramah Wisconsin
Jeremy is originally from Skokie, Illinois, but as a fourth-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he now calls New York City home. Jeremy graduated from Brandeis University. Prior to starting Rabbinical School at JTS, Jeremy was deeply involved in informal Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Teri McGuire

Teri McGuire

Associate Program Manager, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Teri is an Associate Program Manager on the FJC Leadership Development Team. The granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, Teri was raised to take pride in her Judaism and contribute strongly to the community around her. She strengthened her Jewish identity through her involvement... Read More →
avatar for Liz Paige

Liz Paige

Director of Jewish Education, Herzl Camp
Liz Paige is a Jewish educator who has 28 years of experience in independent schools, Jewish community leadership and recently joined the staff of Herzl Camp in Webster, Wisconsin in 2017. She is the Director of Ethics and Cultures at the McGillis School in Salt Lake City and serves... Read More →
avatar for Genna Singer

Genna Singer

Director of Camps, Camp Settoga/JCC Manhattan
Genna Singer joined the staff at JCC Manhattan in June 2002, assisting the day camp director during the first summer of camp. Genna grew up attending day camp and overnight camp, and worked as a staff member in overnight camp for 5 years. In September of 2002, Genna became the Director... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Laurel C, Level 4

3:00pm

Making Summer Magic - How to Create a Successful Inclusive Camp
Participants will be provided with tools and strategies that can be useful in any setting to provide a more inclusive environment for individuals with and without disabilities. You will gain an understanding of the comprehensive process of providing a successful inclusive experience for campers with disabilities in an overnight camp setting. This session will provide real scenarios, strategies, tools and modifications that can be implemented to ensure that all campers, families and staff have a positive and inclusive camp experience.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Finkel

Brad Finkel

Director, Camp Chi/ Regional Vice President, South Central WI, JCC Camp Chi
Brad Finkel is the Director at JCC Camp Chi. He started at Chi as a camper, and moved up as an SIT, Counselor, Village Leader, Teen Director and Assistant Director experiencing every area of camp over the past 20+ years. Brad has a B.A in Telecommunications and Jewish Studies with... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips

Keshet Director of Recreation and Camp Chi Inclusion Coordinator, Keshet
Jennifer Phillips is an accomplished special education professional with more then 25 years in the field. She has extensive experience as an administrator, trainer, consultant and direct service provider. Her current position is the Director of Recreation and Programming at Keshet... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Galena, Level 4

3:00pm

Off-season Content Strategy: Getting Started Now for Success in the Summer
“Content”, it’s everywhere you look, all year round. It comes in many forms and we see it everywhere – Video, Blogs, Facebook, Metadata, Emails and more. But what’s the point of it all? Using successful camps as our guide in this session, we’ll pick apart their approach to off-season content strategy and identify a few of the most effective content strategies that will nurture your current leads and transform enrolled parents into brand champions that can advocate for your camp all year round.

Speakers
avatar for Dineke Bernier

Dineke Bernier

Digital Project Manager, 829 Studios
As a digital project manager, Dineke successfully partners with clients to bring their ideas and projects to life. From concept to launch, she serves as a primary client liaison for project-based accounts working closely to understand organization goals, define solutions, and ensure... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Laurel A-B, Level 4

3:00pm

Recruitment & Retention: Proven Strategies for Growing Enrollment
If our camps can retain a high percentage of existing campers and recruit more new campers than we lose, then our camps (and the entire Jewish camp industry) will grow. This session focuses on recruitment and retention strategies, and actionable steps that you can use immediately to continue growing your camps. Participants will have the opportunity to share their most successful recruiting and retention strategies.
 

Speakers
avatar for Isaac Mamaysky

Isaac Mamaysky

Executive Director, Camp Zeke
Prior to founding Camp Zeke with his wife Lisa, Isaac played first base on the softball team of an international law firm in Manhattan, where he happened to practice financial litigation. During that time, he also taught philosophy at the City University of New York. Isaac and Lisa... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Essex C, Level 4

3:00pm

Reverse Engineer Interview Questions
If you were a car, what kind of car would you be? If you could take only 2 items with you to a deserted island, what items would they be? When you are in the position to hire new talent to your organization, how are you constructing your questions? Do the questions you ask match up with the characteristics and qualities that you are searching for? This session will explore how to craft interview questions to get the information you need about potential hires for your organization. This session will include a brief workshop that will allow those in attendance to craft new interview questions in small groups.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Cantor

Aaron Cantor

Director, Camp Seneca Lake - JCC of Greater Rochester
Aaron grew up in Rochester, NY and attended Camp Seneca Lake as a teenager. He has provided leadership in the camping field for over 10 years and is actively involved with the American Camp Association and the NYS Camp Directors Association (NYSCDA). He has participated in several... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Chasseur, Level 3

3:00pm

Starting with WHY: How Values Add Value to Your Program
Most if not all camps have programs that we run just because they did previously, and often because our campers and staff are expecting these programs again. As the tradition grows, most campers rarely know why we do certain things. What were the original goals? Were the participants expected to learn something? Were they expected to grow in some way?
We have found that helping our staff determine their personal values within our Camp values context, has positively impacted our summer program. Staff infusing values into their programs has elevated the impact on our campers. Everything matters when programming, from identifying the conflict inherent in the values, to methodology and use of physical space. In this interactive session we will explore a different way of approaching programs by starting with the underlying values and highlighting the conflicts in those values that spark growth.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Bicher

Jeff Bicher

Director, Camp Massad & JAB Strategies
Jeff Bicher returned to direct Camp Massad after a 10-year hiatus, and just celebrated his 25th year there this past summer. Jeff also leads JAB Strategies, working with communal professionals to expand their horizons. He was a Fellow for Professional Leadership at the Institute for... Read More →
avatar for Risa Epstein

Risa Epstein

National Executive Director, Canadian Young Judaea
Risa Epstein is the National Executive Director of Canadian Young Judaea and for 13 years was the Director of Camp Solelim. Risa has over 25 years of experience in experiential Jewish/Israel education. Risa has an Honours BA from York University and Graduate Studies Diploma from University... Read More →
avatar for Shauna Waltman

Shauna Waltman

Director, Camp Solelim
Shauna has been working in the field of experiential education since 2004. As Director of Education at the Canada Israel Experience she designs and trains leaders for March of the Living and Birthright trips. Her goal is to create to enable to explore and define their Jewish identity... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Laurel D, Level 4

3:00pm

Why Camp Makes People Anxious - & How to Help
Anxiety has become an increasing struggle for campers and staff. This session will give you [camp administration] the information and strategies that will keep anxiety from interfering from the overall camp experience. Family physician and youth development expert Deborah Gilboa, MD will help you better understand what's happening in the brain of an anxious person, what exacerbates and calms those pathways, and how to translate that knowledge into a better camp experience.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Parenting and Youth Development Expert, Family Physician, AskDoctorG.com
Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a respected parenting and youth development expert, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personality, author, international speaker, and social influencer... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Waterview D, Lobby Level

3:00pm

Break Out Session # 1
Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
TBA

4:30pm

4:30pm

Refreshment Break & Expo Hall Open
Enjoy refreshments in our expo hall thanks to our sponsors True to Life Training and The Associated!

Sunday March 18, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Harbor Foyer, Level 4

5:00pm

Workshops by Role
Please attend the session noted on the back of your name tag.

Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

5:00pm

Session by Role: Day Camp Assistant Directors & Program Professionals
Speakers
avatar for Shelby Kass

Shelby Kass

Associate Director, Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp
With over 20 summers spent at camp, Shelby’s passion is undeniable. Shelby graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in spring of 2015 with a BS in Community and Nonprofit Leadership. Shelby believes that camp is the perfect setting to help children step out of their... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Waterview C, Lobby Level

5:00pm

Session by Role: Overnight Camp Directors
Speakers
avatar for Dan Baer

Dan Baer

Director, Camp Mountain Chai
Dan is the Camp Director at Camp Mountain Chai in San Diego, CA. He previously spent time as the Camp Operations Officer at Camp Inc. Business Academy in Denver and as the Associate Director of Camp Interlaken JCC in Milwaukee. Dan is currently is a participant in Lekhu Lakhem and... Read More →
avatar for Sari Kahn

Sari Kahn

Director, NCSY Camp Maor
Sari Kahn is the director of NCSY Camp Maor, a performing arts residential camp located in Lakewood, PA, that brings professionals from the fields of voice, dance, film and theater to camp to work with girls ages 9-16. As a mother of three young daughters and a son, in 2014 she created... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Shulman

Sarah Shulman

Camp Director, Camp Ramah in Northern California
Rabbi Sarah is a dynamic Jewish community leader with educational leadership and program experience, including a strong track record building Ramah Outdoor Adventure. In her role as Director, Rabbi Sarah is shaping our camp’s educational and programmatic vision and partnering with... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom 7-8, Level 3

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Day Camp Directors
Speakers
avatar for Elana Rivel

Elana Rivel

Director, Ramah Day Camp
Elana Rivel is the Director of Ramah Day Camp, Philadelphia. Elana has worked in the field of Jewish education for nearly thirty years; across the movements, across the country and in both formal and informal education settings. Elana’s history with Jewish camping starts when she... Read More →
avatar for Lewis Sohinki

Lewis Sohinki

Director, James & Rachel Levinson Day Camp and the Children, Youth and Family Division at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh
Lewis serves as the Director of the James & Rachel Levinson Day Camp and the Children, Youth and Family Division at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh. Lewis has previously worked for three years as director at Camp Northland-B’nai Brith, outside of Toronto, and previously... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Kent A-B, Level 4, Level 4

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Development Professionals
Speakers
avatar for David A. Mersky

David A. Mersky

Founder & Managing Director, Mersky, Jaffe & Associates
David A. Mersky, Founder and Managing Director, has led planning and fundraising endeavors for more than three decades. A former congregational rabbi, he has served as the national director of resource development for the then Union of American Hebrew Congregations. He was head of... Read More →
avatar for Rachel M. Woda

Rachel M. Woda

Associate, Mersky, Jaffe & Associates
Rachel M. Woda, Associate, has broad experience in campaign management, leadership development, experiential education, event planning, financial and human resource development. For nearly 25 years, Rachel has worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations at the local, regional... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Essex C, Level 4

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Inclusion & Camper Care Professionals
Speakers
avatar for Sara Berlin

Sara Berlin

Inclusion Coordinator and Senior Camp Division Head, Camps Airy and Louise
Sara Berlin Schreurs completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she graduated with a BA in Psychology, a minor in Social Work, and teacher certification in Special Education (birth through 6th grade), Early Childhood Education, and Elementary... Read More →
avatar for Eva Cowen

Eva Cowen

Leadership Team- Camp JCC, Bender JCC
Eva Cowen was the Director of Special Needs Programs at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, in Rockville, Maryland, from 1993 to 2009. She coordinated, facilitated and oversaw the inclusion of people with disabilities into all Center programs and activities including... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Dover A, Level 3

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Jewish Organizational Professionals, Synagogue Professionals & Educational Resource Providers
Speakers
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman is a consultant in experiential Jewish education, working with congregations and organizations on curriculum development, teen programming, professional development, and programmatic initiatives. Her consulting work takes her around NYC and North America, and she's... Read More →
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Director of Program and Operations, Ma'agal & JPro Network
Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer... Read More →
avatar for Mark Young

Mark Young

Managing Director, The Leadership Commons, William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education
As Managing Director of the Leadership Commons, Mark builds relationships with "thinkers, doers, and visionaries" from all corners of Jewish education come together to learn, create, and collaborate for the common good of the Jewish people in North America. Mark previously served... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Essex A-B, Level 4

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Lay Leaders
Speakers
avatar for Scott Brody

Scott Brody

CEO, Everwood Day Camp and Camps Kenwood & Evergreen
Scott is the owner & founder of Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA, which serves more than 600 children per day. He is also the owner and director of Camps Kenwood & Evergreen, a private residential summer program founded in 1930 that serves 330 children for seven weeks each summer... Read More →
avatar for Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow

Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow

Vice President of Program and Innovation, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Before joining Foundation for Jewish Camp in 2008, Avi was the Campus Rabbi and Assistant Director of the St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and has held numerous positions as rabbi, educator, and youth leader. He spent 17 years as a camper and then educator at Ramah Camps... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Waterview D, Lobby Level

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Marketing & Communications Professionals
Speakers
avatar for Paige Erlich

Paige Erlich

Youth Communications Manager, Union for Reform Judaism
Paige Erlich is the Marketing & Communications Manager of youth programs at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). She graduated in 2014 from Ithaca College with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and a Jewish Studies minor. Paige is a proud alum of URJ Camp Harlam and many... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Kravitz Mamaysky

Lisa Kravitz Mamaysky

Director, Camp Zeke
Lisa Mamaysky founded Camp Zeke with her husband, Isaac, in 2012 through the Foundation for Jewish Camp's Specialty Camps Incubator II. Camp Zeke celebrates healthy, active living through whole foods, culinary arts, fitness and athletics. Lisa has over a decade of experience at global... Read More →
avatar for Peter Ross

Peter Ross

Founding Partner, 829 Studios
Peter has defined the vision, strategy, and culture of 829 Studios since its founding in 2007. It has been his mission to help clients transform their data into strategy and provide an integrated approach that blends creativity with technological sophistication. He is constantly hunting... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Laurel D, Level 4

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Operations, Facilities & Logistics Professionals
Speakers
avatar for Joel Bennett

Joel Bennett

Director of Human Resources, Beber + Perlman Camps
Joel Bennett is the Director of Operations at Beber and Perlman Camps. Recognized in 2014 as one of the "36 under 36" up-and-coming Jewish Professionals in Chicago, Joel is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Yitro Fellowship, a professional development and advancement program... Read More →
avatar for Bar Twito

Bar Twito

Director of Operations, Camp Young Judaea Texas
Bar Twito serves as the Director of Operations at CYJ-Texas. During Bar’s 11 years of employment, the number of groups served at CYJ-Texas Retreat and Conference center each year has grown by five times. Bar currently focuses on continuing the efforts to increase the Retreat Center... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Iron, Level 4

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Overnight Assistant Directors
Speakers
avatar for Adina Allen

Adina Allen

Assistant Director, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
Adina Allen is the Assistant Director of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. Adina has been a part of the Ramah Wisconsin community since 2001 as a camper, counselor, and a rosh edah. Prior to joining the year round team, Adina worked in sales at a health care consulting company in Washington... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Goldberg

Aaron Goldberg

Assistant Director, Camp Alonim
From the ripe age of two, Aaron has been spending his summers at camp. As a camper and staff member at Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu, Aaron experienced many different aspects of the summer camp lifestyle and was always eager for more. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley in 2011, Aaron... Read More →
avatar for Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman

Assistant Director of Camper and Staff Life, Camp Wise
Abby currently serves as the Assistant Director of Camper and Staff Life at Camp Wise, the Mandel JCC’s overnight camp located outside of Cleveland, Ohio! In her role, Abby is dedicated to creating a fun, inclusive, and enriching camp community for both campers and staff. Abby began... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom 3, Level 3

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Overnight Associate Directors
Speakers
avatar for Allison David

Allison David

Associate Camp Director; Director of Year Round Programs, Shalom Institute/Camp JCA Shalom
Allison serves as the Shalom Institute’s Director of Year Round Programs and the Associate Director of Camp JCA Shalom, after joining their year round team in 2007 as the Assistant Director. In addition to her summer camp role, she oversees and manages the Shalom Institute’s robust... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Lauing

Sarah Lauing

Associate Director, URJ Crane Lake Camp
Sarah has served as Nadiv Educator with URJ Crane Lake Camp and Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City since 2012, and is thrilled to have just taken the position as Associate Director at Crane Lake. She looks forward to expanding her work as a Jewish educator in this new role. Sarah... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel

Associate Director, Camp Tawonga
Aaron first came to Tawonga as a camper in 1994 and joined the staff as a counselor in 2002, which was the best job he has ever had. In 2007, Aaron joined the full-time staff as Tawonga’s Teen Program Coordinator and moved on to become one of Camp’s Assistant Directors before... Read More →
avatar for Shoshi Rothschild

Shoshi Rothschild

Associate Director, Camp Kinneret-Biluim
Shoshi Rothschild has been involved in the camping world since the age of nine, when she first started as a camper at Camp Kinneret. She currently lives in Montreal and is the Associate Director of Camp Kinneret-Biluim, located in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Shoshi is a recent graduate... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom 10, Level 3

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Overnight Camp Program & Education Professionals
Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Wezelman

Stephanie Wezelman

Program Director, Camp Interlaken JCC
As the current Program Director at Camp Interlaken JCC in Eagle River, Wisconsin, Stephanie works daily to provide an amazing summer and innovative programming for hundreds of campers and staff. This upcoming summer will be her thirteenth year at overnight summer camp, and second... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Galena, Level 4

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Overnight Executive Directors
Speakers
avatar for Helene Drobenare-Horwitz

Helene Drobenare-Horwitz

Executive Director, Young Judaea Sprout Camps
Helene Drobenare-Horwitz holds a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University and Master of Administration in Organizational Change Management from the New School of Social Research. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Course (ELI) from the Foundation for Jewish Camps and... Read More →
JG

Jonathan Gerstl

Executive Director, Camps Airy and Louise
With 30+ years of experience, Jonathan Gerstl has a distinguished career in Jewish communal services including JCC’s, Hillel programs, and resident camping. Jonathan is going into his 10th year serving as the executive director of Camps Airy & Louise.He started his career as a camp... Read More →
avatar for Bobby Harris

Bobby Harris

Director, URJ Camp Coleman
Married to Ellen and the proud father of Max and Sophie Harris, the summer of 2018 will mark the 32nd summer that Bobby Harris has served as a Camp Director for the Jewish community in New York, Philadelphia- and the last 25 with URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, GA. As a camp professional... Read More →
avatar for Frank Silberlicht

Frank Silberlicht

Camp Director, Camp Young Judaea - Texas 
Frank Silberlicht is a Camp Director living in Houston, Texas. Over the last 19 years, under Frank's supervision, he has significantly grown Camp Young Judaea - Texas and its Retreat Center. Frank has been changing lives with a combination of Community Zionism, Judaism, and of course... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom 2, Level 3

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Partner Agency Executives & Senior Leaders, Movement Heads, and Funders
Speakers
avatar for Marina Lewin

Marina Lewin

Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Marina joined Foundation for Jewish Camp as Chief Operating Officer in January, 2017, following a 30+ year high-profile career in banking. She served most recently as the Global Head of New Business Development for BNY Mellon, where she successfully managed large teams in complex... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Laurel C, Level 4

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: Teen Focused, Teen Tours & Service Learning Professionals
Speakers
avatar for Alexa Broida

Alexa Broida

Director, URJ Mitzvah Corps
Alexa Broida is the Director of URJ Mitzvah Corps, where she’s been connecting teens with opportunities to travel and understand the complexities of the world, and the ways in which Judaism empowers them to be agents of change, since 2010. After graduating from UCLA with degrees... Read More →
avatar for Elyssa Ronik

Elyssa Ronik

Program Coordinator, USY
Elyssa Ronik is currently the Program Coordinator for USY Summer Programs. In this role, she actively recruits participants for USY Summer Programs grades 7-12, and meets with USYers, parents, Youth Directors, Rabbis, Synagogue Professionals, and Day School Professionals from all... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Dover B, Level 3

5:00pm

Workshop by Role: One Happy Camper & Federation Community Partners
Speakers
avatar for Tracy Levine

Tracy Levine

Director of One Happy Camper NJ, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
Tracy Levine is the Director of One Happy Camper NJ at Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Tracy leads one of the most comprehensive programs in the nation to promote Jewish overnight camp, achieving a 42% increase in annual Jewish overnight campers in the first seven years... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Russell

Alyssa Russell

Young Family Engagement Manager, Jewish Federation of Columbus
Alyssa Russell, Young Family Engagement Manager at the Jewish Federation of Columbus, has been managing the Overnight Camping department for six years. This is her second Leaders Assembly. Columbus is a self-funded One Happy Camper community; Columbus also provides scholarship money... Read More →
avatar for Hallie Shapiro

Hallie Shapiro

Associate VP, Community Outreach and Engagement, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Hallie Shapiro Devir is Associate Vice President, Community Outreach and Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. She oversees Federation’s initiatives for youth, including niche programs for teens, support of informal Jewish educators, and immersive Jewish experiences... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Waterview A-B, Lobby Level

6:00pm

Friends of Jewish Camp Reception (By Invitation Only)
*Invitation Only

Sunday March 18, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
TBA

6:30pm

Break & Expo Hall Open
Sunday March 18, 2018 6:30pm - 7:15pm
TBA

6:30pm

6:30pm

7:15pm

Dinner & Evening Program
Speakers
avatar for Naomi Less

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 →
avatar for Marina Lewin

Marina Lewin

Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Marina joined Foundation for Jewish Camp as Chief Operating Officer in January, 2017, following a 30+ year high-profile career in banking. She served most recently as the Global Head of New Business Development for BNY Mellon, where she successfully managed large teams in complex... Read More →
avatar for Julie Beren Platt

Julie Beren Platt

Board of Directors, Chair & Board of Trustee, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Julie, current Board Chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, has held top leadership roles within the Los Angeles community for many years. Prior to being named Chair of the Board, she served as General Campaign Chair and was previously Chair of our Federation’s Ensuring... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 7:15pm - 9:30pm
Harbor Ballroom, Level 4

9:30pm

AIJC Member Reception
Food, Drinks and Good Conversation

Sunday March 18, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Offsite: James Joyce Pub 616 S. President St. 

9:30pm

Ramah Reception
Ramah Reception

Event for all Ramah attendees at Leaders Assembly.

Sunday March 18, 2018 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Laurel A-B, Level 4

9:30pm

Campfire Story Slam
Join veteran camp leaders, vatikim, as they share stories on the theme of “Making Your Mark.” Come to listen or share a story of your own at our Moth-style story slam on Sunday night. Featuring MC’s Sara Beth Berman and Caroline Rothstein!

Sunday March 18, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Essex A-B, Level 4
 
Monday, March 19
 

7:00am

7:00am

7:00am

7:00am

Yoga
Monday March 19, 2018 7:00am - 7:45am
Galena, Level 4

7:45am

Movement Breakfasts
Monday March 19, 2018 7:45am - 8:00am
TBA

7:45am

7:45am

7:45am

AIJC Breakfast Meeting
AIJC Breakfast Meeting - A members breakfast meeting to discuss initiatives, upcoming workshops and information on the state of the association.

Monday March 19, 2018 7:45am - 8:45am
Laurel C-D, Level 4

7:45am

JCC Association Camps Breakfast
JCC Association Camps Breakfast

Monday March 19, 2018 7:45am - 8:45am
Laurel A-B, Level 4

7:45am

URJ Camps and Youth Programs Breakfast
URJ Camps and Youth Programs Breakfast

Monday March 19, 2018 7:45am - 8:45am
Kent A-C, Level 4

8:00am

Breakfast
Monday March 19, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Harbor Ballroom, Level 4

8:00am

8:00am

9:00am

iGen: Understanding the Influences Shaping a Generation
Based on survey data from 11 million teens and young adults, Jean M. Twenge,  Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and author of the new book iGen, as well as 140 scientific publications, will discuss the cultural changes shaping today’s young generation. She documents how their changed world has impacted their attitudes, worldviews, and mental health and the role camp plays in their lives. With generational divides wider than ever, camp professionals, parents, educators and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born after 1995, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person – perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Twenge’s research will help shape recommendations and advice on counseling and leading this generation.

Speakers
avatar for Noah Chase

Noah Chase

Songleader, Musician
Noah Solomon Chase is a versatile Songwriter and multi instrumentalist. He sings and plays Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo and Percussion.Originally from Northern California Noah and his parents who are both musicians moved to Israel where he was raised on a small moshav. In the mid 90's... Read More →
avatar for Julie Finklestein

Julie Finklestein

Director of Leadership Development, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Julie Finkelstein is the Director of Leadership Development at the Foundation for Jewish Camp where she works on programs that support Jewish camps and their leaders across North America. Prior to joining the FJC team, she was the Associate Director of Slingshot, where she managed... Read More →
avatar for Archie Gottesman

Archie Gottesman

Founder, JewBelong.com
A wise rabbi once said: “Judaism is a great product, but the marketing sucks.” As a Jew and a branding professional, Archie is in full agreement. Archie believes that warm, meaningful Jewish rituals will keep people connected to their Jewish roots. This includes people who have... Read More →
avatar for Bobby Harris

Bobby Harris

Director, URJ Camp Coleman
Married to Ellen and the proud father of Max and Sophie Harris, the summer of 2018 will mark the 32nd summer that Bobby Harris has served as a Camp Director for the Jewish community in New York, Philadelphia- and the last 25 with URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, GA. As a camp professional... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Less

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 →
avatar for Tom Rosenberg

Tom Rosenberg

President/Chief Executive Officer, American Camp Association
Tom Rosenberg has a distinguished career in the camp profession and a long resume of service to ACA. He most recently served as the executive director of Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Prior to Camp Judaea, Tom spent more than two decades with Blue Star Camps in North... Read More →
avatar for Jean M. Twenge

Jean M. Twenge

Author and Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University
Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and author of the new book iGen as well as 140 scientific publications, will discuss the cultural changes shaping today’s young generation. She documents how their changed world has impacted their attitudes, worldviews... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Weisler

Valerie Weisler

Foundation & CEO, The Validation Project
A victim of bullying herself, Valerie Weisler couldn't stand idly by when she saw another student suffering. She said two words that changed both of their lives, “You matter.” His response, that her words validated him, planted the seeds for The Validation Project. Using her experiences... Read More →
avatar for Carey White

Carey White

Director of Middle School Music and Chorus, The Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County
Carey White is Director of Middle School Music and Chorus at The Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. Previously, she worked as a violin teacher and music educator at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ. She is the artistic director of violin performance groups... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Harbor Ballroom, Level 4

10:50am

Break Out Session # 2
Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 11:50am
TBA

10:50am

Advanced Social Media Advertising: How to Manage Intuitive Ad Campaigns
In this session, you will cover the new advertising tools available on Facebook and Instagram. Plus you will dive deep into advanced advertising strategies on both platforms, which includes retargeting and video. You will also cover how to run an effective evergreen advertising campaign with timing recommendations. This is an advanced session that will not cover basic advertising options. You will go in-depth into targeting platforms, strategies, timing, ad types, creative, bidding and most importantly measurement.

Speakers
avatar for Elissa

Elissa

Account Director, Social Summer Camp
www.socialsummercamp.com/


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Grand Ballroom 4, Level 3

10:50am

Be the Hero of Your Own Journey
We are each the hero of our own journey. Not usually the superhero saving earth from sure destruction, but the hero who accepts a call to action and steps over the threshold into the challenges and opportunities that follow, changing along the way. We are often called to step into responsibility, action, or power that feels uncomfortable, unwanted, or just plain weird. This is true of life within the Jewish world, connected to work, and certainly with our roles in camp. Until we take hold of this responsibility, action, and power, owning our most significant life and work roles, we will remain limited in our embracing of possibility and success. This workshop will introduce personal power, voice and the power of roles in our lives. We will then design experiments towards taking hold of our power, owning our roles, and making change. And we'll have fun.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Mellen

Michael Mellen

President/Lead Coach, Iron and Sage, Inc.
As an executive, organizational, and personal coach, trainer and speaker Michael Mellen works with people in a variety of organizational and life roles. He explores the world and finds power in story, in listening, and in each of our ability to find a path that has the potential to... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Laurel C-D, Level 4

10:50am

Building High Powered Summer Teams
Engaged employees are loyal and psychologically committed to the mission of your camp. They are also more productive, and more likely to return. Shouldn't we be doing everything we can to identify, retain, and encourage our staff to be engaged? The answer is an unequivocal YES! This session will explore the Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement survey, as well as other live-feedback methods, and teach you how to use them at your camp as a vehicle for real-time feedback. We will also discuss best strategies to support and develop your summer leadership team.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Bennett

Joel Bennett

Director of Human Resources, Beber + Perlman Camps
Joel Bennett is the Director of Operations at Beber and Perlman Camps. Recognized in 2014 as one of the "36 under 36" up-and-coming Jewish Professionals in Chicago, Joel is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Yitro Fellowship, a professional development and advancement program... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Grand Ballroom 7, Level 3

10:50am

Food Service Special Diet Solutions
One of the biggest challenges camps face in food service is the safe service of special diets. Wolfoods takes this responsibility very seriously. In this session you will learn best practices on providing balanced food service for a variety of needs at camp.

Speakers
avatar for John Leinhardt

John Leinhardt

Director of Operations, Sourcespoon
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Michael Wolf

President, Wolfoods Food Services
WOLFoods changes the way camp food is perceived by cooking nutritious, fresh, and delicious food at summer camp. Because at camp, everything should be memorable. Michael Wolf brings not only camping experience but an extensive Food Service Background including a five year stint as... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Chasseur, Level 3

10:50am

How Do We Reach the 90% of Jewish Kids Who Don't Attend Camp?
In the 1960's when Jewish overnight camp was booming, the world was a very different place. In America today, we are confronted with a 58% intermarriage rate (up from 17% in 1970), challenging financial circumstances, a wide variety of alternate ways for families to spend the summer. In this session we will understand why we must invest in new approaches to camp that acknowledge the realities facing today's diverse Jewish families. You will also hear how Atlanta's In the City Camp is delivering the outcomes of overnight camp in an affordable, accessible, day camp package.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Boaz

Allison Boaz

Managing Director, In the City Camp
Allison Boaz is Managing Director for In the City Camp. Allison leads camp's marketing, communication, and operational efforts. Prior to working with In the City Camp, Allison spent seven years managing global digital initiatives for The Coca-Cola Company. She also served as an account... Read More →
avatar for Eileen Price

Eileen Price

Founder/CEO, In the City Camp
Eileen Snow Price is the Founder and Executive Director of In the City Camp, a Jewish day camp that delivers the outcomes of overnight camp: lifelong friendships, personal growth, and a meaningful connection to the Jewish community and Israel. Following graduation from Emory University... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Bristol, Level 3

10:50am

How to Conduct Staff Training on Mental Health
This workshop will support camp directors and high level leadership in preparing staff training on mental health. You will learn what to teach vs. what not to teach when training staff, how to best equip staff while emphasizing boundaries (for those who are not mental health professionals), and ways to empower counselors to identify red flags through conversation. We will discuss how to communicate the mental-health procedures at your camp, including when to loop in additional support and who those people are and what the process will be to get young people support when a mental health issue arises. This workshop will provide tangible resources and handouts for camp leadership to use and/or personalize for summer staff training.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Schuller

Pamela Schuller

Program Manager, Here. Now.
Pamela Schuller is the Program Manager for Here.Now., The Jewish Board's Jewish teen mental-health initiative. Pam holds Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Youth Outreach through the Arts and a Master’s Degree in Child Advocacy and Policy. Pam is also an inclusion advocate, often... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Essex A-B, Level 4

10:50am

Inclusion: Beyond the (Cis)Gender Binary
Gender impacts the way we structure our communities, navigate the world, and relate to one another. In this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to unpack the ways in which you relate to your own gender, as well as reflect upon gender’s role in society. The majority of our time together will be spent on scenarios and case studies, ranging from accommodation policies, communication strategies, tips for setting up counselors for success, addressing push back from parents, and more. This session is designed for participants already familiar with terms and concepts related to transgender inclusion, as we will not be spending much time defining them. You will be challenged to think critically about gender, they ways you have been socialized to navigate relationships with others, and wrestle with hard conversations on how to balance the needs of all of members of our community, including ways in which some camp practices and policies may need to be restructured to create truly inclusive and empowering spaces.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Bahner

Daniel Bahner

National Director of Education and Training, Keshet
Originally from southwest Ohio, Daniel quickly formed a connection between his Jewish identity and the importance of inclusion and working toward a more socially just society. He dived further into social justice and Jewish thought while an undergraduate at Lehigh University. His... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Waterview D, Lobby Level

10:50am

Master Your Mind, Master Your Summer
Do you want to be able to sustain day 1’s enthusiasm and passion throughout the whole summer? What would it feel like to be more confident in the many hats you wear throughout camp? How amazing would it be to not experience a burnout by the end of the summer? This session will give you the tools and strategies to create and show up as your best, happiest and most joyful self! Session Objectives are to understand and start to master the one thing and gain awareness of yourself and your WHY. You will leave with tools and strategies to stay calm, centered and engaged.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Litt

Tracy Litt

President, The Litt Factor
Tracy Litt-Lester is a Certified Professional Coach & Master Practitioner of Energy Leadership. As Founder of The Litt Factor, Tracy inspires her clients to make conscious shifts to align themselves with their core values, goals, and passions. These extraordinary transformations enhance... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Kent A-B, Level 4

10:50am

Navigating The Complexities and Conflicts of Israel Education for Lay Leaders and their Professional Partners
Celebrating Israel at summer camp is a lot of fun. But when questions and issues about contemporary Israel begin to arise, often things get more and more complex. The diversity of stakeholders in the camp community can further complicate the relationship between camp and Israel – and a topic that camp leadership can’t afford to ignore. These relationships are multi-faceted and impacted by issues including the Israel-Palestinian conflict, religion and state, among others. This growing demand for a nuanced approach to Israel education has raised many question about the role and responsibilities of lay leadership, professional staff, counselors, shlichim, campers, parents, and educators in this increasingly present and urgent conversation. This session will serve to better understand who our young people are today and how they relate to Israel. We will also look specifically at how Jewish leadership ought to be engaging today’s younger generation around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By necessity we will also push ourselves to more deeply understand our own convictions about Israel to uncover some of the challenges and obstacles that face Israel and conflict education.

Speakers
avatar for David Bryfman

David Bryfman

Chief Innovation Officer, The Jewish Education Project
David is the Chief Innovation Officer at The Jewish Education Project. David completed his Ph.D in Education and Jewish Studies at NYU focusing on Jewish adolescent identity development and experiential Jewish education. He is also a graduate of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program... Read More →
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Dr. Keren Fraiman

Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Dr. Keren Fraiman is Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, an educational consultant at the iCenter, and has managed the development of Approaching Conflicts. Keren was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Consortium for the Study... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Dover C, Level 3

10:50am

Portable Teambuilding Activities
Interested in team building with your staff and campers? But do you have space limitations and or a limited budget? Is your mission to teach positive communication behaviors and listening skills? Do you want to enhance your leadership, problem solving skills and abilities to lead staff and campers? If so, then this workshop is for you. Learn a wide variety of education, versatile, low-cost team building activities that you can use almost anywhere. The activities taught, are suitable for groups of 10-25 participants, middle school age and older. Necessary props will be easy to find or can be made with accessible resources. All facilitation experience levels are welcome – there will be something new for everyone.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cavert

Chris Cavert

Owner and Chief Training Facilitator, FUNdoing
Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known educator, trainer and speaker and a recipient of the AEE Karl Rohnke creativity award. He has been working with groups of all ages for more than 25 years. Chris is the author of over a dozen books related to activity-based experiential... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

10:50am

Praying that Camp Tefillot Succeed This Summer!
In this session we will look at setting reasonable prayer goals, training staff and deciding what success will look like. This workshop will leave you with many of your questions answered and provide a framework for your prayer experience(s). Camp teams are encouraged to come together to the session to ensure alignment with the mission and vision of the camp.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Magen

Cheryl Magen

Director of Alumni Engagement, The Davidson School at JTS
Cheryl Magen, Director of Alumni Engagement at the Davidson School of Jewish Education, supports students and alumni as career coach and coordinator of professional development. She is the founding Director for the MS in Camp Administration and Leadership at Touro University. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is still in awe of the fact that we can speak about the State of the Jews! He is the son of a Holocaust survivor, who grew up in the company of aunts and uncles of the closest type albeit not family. Their experiences, Yiddish banter, humor and optimism very much shaped who... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Iron, Level 4

10:50am

Projects: How to Start, So You Can Finish
One of the biggest mistakes we make in terms of productivity and accountability not distinguishing between a project and a task. Projects often take far too much time to complete and are difficult to manage when we don't recognize them for what they are. In this session Diana Bloom will teach techniques and processes designed to recognize a project, complete it on time, and as planned. Attendees will learn how to eliminate the overwhelm that projects create, and how to plan a project for success.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Bloom

Diana Bloom

Consultant, Totally Accountable
Productivity and Efficiency Coach Diana Bloom travels throughout North America teaching take-away actionable systems to achieve higher productivity and efficiency in all areas of an organization. Diana spends her summers as Head Counselor at URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Laurel A-B, Level 4

10:50am

Redefining Alumni Engagement Through Peer Led Experiences
Join OneTable and Moishe House to reimagine how your summer programming can positively impact your alumni engagement strategy throughout the year. Whether it’s an immersive retreat weekend focusing on mindfulness or gathering close friends around the Shabbat dinner table, we are excited to share our organizational learnings to engage in conversation and brainstorm the future of alumni engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Liza Moskowitz

Liza Moskowitz

Program Coordinator, Moishe House
Liza Moskowitz joined the Moishe House Without Walls team in August 2017 to support young adults building Jewish community. She is an alumna of URJ Greene Family Camp, URJ Kutz Camp, and NFTY, having traveled with NFTY in Israel and serving as NFTY-TOR Regional President and NFTY... Read More →
avatar for Sarit Wishnevski

Sarit Wishnevski

Associate Director of Community Partnerships, OneTable
Sarit Wishnevski is the Associate Director of Community Partnerships at OneTable. She joined the team in 2016 as the first-ever Hub Manager, overseeing New York City and in her current role, grows and manages OneTable's relationships with organizations around the country.Prior to... Read More →
avatar for Terry Wunder

Terry Wunder

Senior Program Director, Moishe House
Terry Wunder is an architecture school drop out who decided he likes building Jewish community more than building buildings. Currently, Terry serves as the Senior Program Director at Moishe House and runs Moishe House Without Walls (MHWOW), the organization's peer-led alumni engagement... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Kent C, Level 4

10:50am

So, You Want to Run a Retreat Center?
Approximately 70% of camps offer some type of out-of-summer retreat service, from complex internal programs to simple rental agreements. The growth in retreat activity has been remarkable and yet little is known about the field or shared with providers and those considering it as an expansion option. This session will explore the phenomenon, discuss what distinguishes a good from great operator and how best to align your mission with the elusive pot of gold that some believe is the singular reason to operate a retreat center. Included in the session will be key outcomes from the first of its kind study of Jewish Retreat Centers. If you run a center or are considering the possibility come along and be part of the conversation.

Speakers
avatar for David Phillips

David Phillips

Principal, Immersive 1st
David Phillips is a native of the UK, having moved to the USA in 1990 after being infected by the ‘summer camp bug’! David is Principal of Immersive1st Consulting, a firm that specializes in assisting not-for-profit organizations in areas such as fundraising, strategic planning... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

10:50am

Social Inclusion of Campers with Disabilities
According to the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), there are three levels of inclusion: physical integration , functional inclusion and social inclusion (http://www.nchpad.org/discoverleisure/inclusion2.html). In our experience at 9 National Ramah Commission overnight camps in the US and Canada, which have strived to include people with disabilities since 1970, true social inclusion poses the greatest challenge. This presentation will address helping campers with disabilities develop friendships with neurotypical campers. and working with counselors to help campers in this process. Topics include peer mentoring/buddy programs, year round opportunities for in person and online connections, and a look at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin’s Chavarim / Enrichment Program, inclusive low ropes course, joint cabin activities, and inclusive musical production.

Speakers
avatar for Howard Blas

Howard Blas

Director of the National Ramah Tikvah Network, National Ramah Commission
Howard Blas currently serves as director of the National Ramah Tikvah Network of the National Ramah Commission. Howard previously served as the director of the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England for 15 years. Howard has led five Tikvah Ramah Israel trips. And served as group... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Audra Kaplan

Dr. Audra Kaplan

Director of Camper Care Director, Tikvah Support Program, Camp Ramah Darom
As director of the Ramah Darom Tikvah Support Program, Audra enjoys blending her love of camp and her passion for Judaism with her experience and knowledge as a clinical psychologist. She has been involved in day and residential camp programs, as a camper, counselor, educator and... Read More →
avatar for Ralph Schwartz

Ralph Schwartz

Director of Special Needs Programming, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
Ralph Schwartz has been working in the field of inclusive camping for children and young adults with special needs for 25 years.  He encourages the greatest amount of inclusion for each camper so that they can participate to the fullest extent possible. Ralph has facilitated social... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Dover A-B, Level 3

10:50am

Unpacking Philanthropy: Models of Jewish Giving Education at Camp
Programs in the Jewish Teen Funders Network have worked for many years bringing Jewish philanthropy education to the Jewish camp setting. We have partnered with the field to evolve the curriculum and explore different models of integrating Jewish giving education into the camp setting. Hear from a panel of camp and foundation professionals who have intentionally included Jewish giving into their camp program, sending home campers and staff with the tools and skills to be Jewish givers. JTFN will pull from experiences with "Think Outside the Tzedakah Box" and this summer's AVI CHAI Innovation Grant funded Jewish Camp Philanthropalooza to share different turnkey methods.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Satok

Josh Satok

Senior Assistant Director, URJ Kutz Camp
Josh Satok is the Senior Assistant Director at URJ Kutz Camp, the Reform movement’s teen leadership camp. A native Canadian, Josh grew up in Toronto and attended Camp Kadimah in Nova Scotia, where he worked for many summers, in addition to a year at Camp Ramah in Canada. Josh majored... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Segal

Danielle Segal

Program Manager, Jewish Teen Funders Network
Danielle Segal was born in London, United Kingdom and moved to New York in 2010. After graduating with a BA in Theatre Studies from Warwick University (UK), Danielle has worked in the non-profit Jewish profession for over a decade, both as a Jewish educator, camp director and as a... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath

Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath

Manager of Teen Engagement and Philanthropy, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath is a native New Yorker turned Washingtonian (by way of Jerusalem). She currently serves as the Manager of Teen Engagement and Philanthropy at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Samantha is an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh, the Jewish Theological... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Essex C, Level 4

10:50am

What Makes Russian-Speaking Jews (RSJ) Unique in the North American Jewish Community?
Understanding the cultural nuances of the Russian-speaking Jews (RSJ) community can help you maximize outreach to RSJ campers and staff and sustain long term engagement. During this session you will discuss different approaches to Jewish learning, philanthropy, and politics that resonate with the RSJ community. Learning from examples of successful efforts across North America, you will leave with concrete strategies for marketing to reach more RSJ campers and staff.

Speakers
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found leading school and family programs at the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, and other cultural organizations around... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Galena, Level 4

10:50am

Why Younger Kids Need Camp - Teaching Resilience, Responsibility and Respect through Fun!
All the values that parents strive to instill in their kids can be learned at camp! All the educational moments that happen when there is time for exploration, creativity and curiosity, happen at camp. If a child is ready for preschool, they're ready to benefit from camp. Dr. G will clarify the truths that camp people have known for decades: that camp is the place to set young children up for success in school, at home and in life. Day camp experiences for the youngest children teach them to respect themselves and others, to recognize and do their best to meet obligations, and how to bounce back when there are obstacles. Get the language you need to attract parents and families to this fantastic opportunity, and the vision that will help you train counselors to not just keep kids safe but to set them on the path to happiness.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Parenting and Youth Development Expert, Family Physician, AskDoctorG.com
Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a respected parenting and youth development expert, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personality, author, international speaker, and social influencer... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm
Grand Ballroom 3, Level 3

11:00am

Office Hours: Camp Staff Relationships
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Deborah is available to to speak with you about building a culture of love and support for your full-time and summer staff

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Newbrun

Deborah Newbrun

Coach/Mentor/Teacher, Hiddur
Deborah Newbrun was the Director of Camp Tawonga for 26 years. Her career as a Jewish leader (particularly in Jewish environmental education) spans 30 years including 4 years as Hazon's Director in the Bay Area and one year as Keshet’s Interim Bay Area Director. Additionally, she... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

11:00am

Office Hours: Child Abuse & Harassment
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

National child abuse prevention expert Adam Rosenberg will be available to answer your questions about your camp’s strategies and child protection plans as well as run through scenarios with you.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Rosenberg

Adam Rosenberg

Executive Director, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
As head of Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Adam Rosenberg brings together his passion for community development and his background in not for profit management and law to help institutions protect children from abuse and trauma. He has become one of this nation's authorities on mandatory... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

11:00am

Office Hours: Gender & Body Image
Limited Capacity full
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Caroline is available to speak with you about how to support campers and staff around gender identity, roles, and equity at camp, as well as any and all issues related to body image and creating a positive body culture at camp.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based internationally touring and award-winning writer, poet, performer, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, facilitating workshops and teaching at colleges, schools, performance venues, summer camps, and... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

11:00am

Office Hours: Interviewing & Making the Right Hire
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Making the right hiring choice and knowing what the best process is to ensure that is one of the most important things you can do as a camp leader. 

Speakers
avatar for Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Scott Brown Leadership Coaching, LLC
Scott brings three decades of experience and a track record of success to his coaching practice, Scott Brown Leadership Coaching, LLC, which he founded in 2015. From media to marketing to legal to non-profit leaders, from rabbis to executives in the C-suite to early career staff... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

11:00am

Office Hours: National Trends in Camping
Limited Capacity full
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Join ACA President/CEO Tom Rosenberg and Director of Research Laurie Browne to explore national camp trends and emerging issues related to camper outcomes, staffing, and business operations.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Browne

Laurie Browne

Director of Research, American Camp Association
Laurie Browne, PhD, is the Director of Research for the American Camp Association. In that role she encourages camps to evaluate their campers and their programs in order to document outcomes and continually improve program quality. She also facilitates industry-wide research to expand... Read More →
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Tom Rosenberg

President/Chief Executive Officer, American Camp Association
Tom Rosenberg has a distinguished career in the camp profession and a long resume of service to ACA. He most recently served as the executive director of Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Prior to Camp Judaea, Tom spent more than two decades with Blue Star Camps in North... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

11:00am

Office Hours: Social & Racial Equity at Camp
Limited Capacity filling up

Jonah is available to speak to you about addressing issues of social and racial equity at your camp.

Speakers
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Consultant
Jonah Canner is an educator, facilitator and mentor offering spiritual, emotional, and strategic support to people and organizations doing good work in the world. His primary focus areas, include racial equity, restorative justice, experiential education, and working through conflict... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

11:00am

Office Hours: Team Building for Staff & Campers
Limited Capacity full
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Brett is available to speak with you about strategic and sustainable team building among staff and campers at your camp.

Speakers
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Consultant
Brett Gurwitz is a trainer, coach and consultant, with over twenty years of youth development experience. Brett currently works with Ramapo for Children as the Associate Director of Youth and Community Development, where he helps educators and youth professionals gain practical tools... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

11:30am

Office Hours: Camping & Interfaith Families
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Stop by to talk to Rabbi Robyn Frisch from InterfaithFamily to discuss ways that your marketing materials, communication with parents, and communication with campers can be more interfaith-friendly.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Robyn Frisch

Rabbi Robyn Frisch

Director, InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia
Rabbi Robyn Frisch is the Director of InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia, where she empowers people in interfaith relationships to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and encourages Jewish communities to welcome them. She is also the spiritual leader of Temple Menorah Keneseth... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

11:30am

Office Hours: Shabbat at Camp
Limited Capacity full
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Joe is available to talk with you about Shabbat-at-camp. What makes a camp Shabbat so special? What can camps do to enhance their Shabbat experience?

Speakers
avatar for Joe Reimer

Joe Reimer

Former Director, Institute for Informal Jewish Education
Joe Reimer is a professor at Brandeis, former director of the Institute for Informal Jewish Education and founding faulty of the ELI program of the FJC.


Monday March 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:30am

Office Hours: Using SSI Data to Drive Success
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

For  current SSI camps and those interested alike, learn from Daniel Shore how camps are leveraging their SSI data to identify and maintain best practices, while also influencing positive change.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Shore

Daniel Shore

Organizational Researcher, George Mason University
Daniel Shore spent 9 summers on staff at the URJ camp Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), including 4 summers as a Rosh Eidah (Unit Head). In 2013, he received his Master's degree from the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

12:00pm

Farewell - See you in 2020!
Monday March 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

12:20pm

Canadian Camps Lunch
Lunch gathering for professionals and lay leaders from Canadian Jewish Camps.

Monday March 19, 2018 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Essex A-B, Level 4

12:20pm

Global Delegation Lunch
Monday March 19, 2018 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Laurel A-B, Level 4

12:20pm

Jewish Camp Initiative for Outreach to Russian-Speaking Jewish Families Lunch
Jewish Camp Initiative for Outreach to Russian-Speaking Jewish Families

Monday March 19, 2018 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Essex C, Level 4

12:20pm

Lay Leader Lunch
Lay Leader Lunch

Monday March 19, 2018 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Dover A-B, Level 3

12:20pm

Midwest Camp Leadership Network Lunch Session
Midwest Camp Leadership Network Lunch Session.
Join with other professionals and lay partners in the MCLN community for a special session over lunch. This session is open to anyone attending Leaders Assembly who is affiliated with an MCLN camp.

Monday March 19, 2018 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Laurel C-D, Level 4

12:20pm

M² Camp Educator Cohort Pre-Launch: Professionalize Your Passion (open to all)
M² Camp Educator Cohort Pre-Launch: Professional Your Passion.

Enjoy lunch with your colleagues and learn more about the M² Camp Educators Cohort (CEC). CEC is a 10-month professional development program for educators responsible for visioning, designing and implementing Jewish education at camp and educators training other camp staff in these areas.

Open to camp directors, assistant directors, educational directors and senior educators. 

Monday March 19, 2018 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Kent A, Level 4

12:20pm

Pacific Northwest Camps Lunch Gathering
Pacific Northwest Camp - Lunch Gathering

An informal meeting for professional and lay leaders from camps from States of Washington and Oregon and the Province of British Columbia.

Monday March 19, 2018 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Kent B, Level 4

12:25pm

Lunch
Monday March 19, 2018 12:25pm - 1:20pm
Harbor Ballroom, Level 4

12:30pm

Office Hours: Developing the Role of a Staff Engagement Supervisor
Limited Capacity full
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Discuss with Daniel and Lisa how to define and refine the role for the staff member you've hired (or would like to designate) as your Staff Engagement Supervisor.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa David

Lisa David

Director, URJ Camp Harlam
Lisa David, Director of URJ Camp Harlam, returned to Harlam first as the Associate Director in April of 2014 and was promoted to Director in 2017. Lisa began her involvement with Camp Harlam as a camper in 1988, continuing through as a CIT, staff member, and Supervisor. Prior to... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Shore

Daniel Shore

Organizational Researcher, George Mason University
Daniel Shore spent 9 summers on staff at the URJ camp Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), including 4 summers as a Rosh Eidah (Unit Head). In 2013, he received his Master's degree from the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

12:30pm

Office Hours: Israel at Camp
Limited Capacity full
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Shalom and Aliza will be available to discuss creative, compelling best practices for Israel education in the context of day and overnight camp.

Speakers
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Aliza Goodman

Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education, The iCenter
Aliza Goodman is the Director of Professional Development at The iCenter, where she has served for over eight years growing the field of Israel education. She currently leads the design and implementation of The iCenter’s professional development initiatives for Jewish educators... Read More →
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Shalom Orzach

Shalom is still in awe of the fact that we can speak about the State of the Jews! He is the son of a Holocaust survivor, who grew up in the company of aunts and uncles of the closest type albeit not family. Their experiences, Yiddish banter, humor and optimism very much shaped who... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

12:30pm

Office Hours: LGBTQ+ Inclusion at Camp
Limited Capacity full
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Daniel will be available to discuss and answer questions on how to make your camp's programs, policy, and/or culture more LGBTQ inclusive

Speakers
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Daniel Bahner

National Director of Education and Training, Keshet
Originally from southwest Ohio, Daniel quickly formed a connection between his Jewish identity and the importance of inclusion and working toward a more socially just society. He dived further into social justice and Jewish thought while an undergraduate at Lehigh University. His... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

12:30pm

Office Hours: Using Video (Preparation & Execution) to Maximize Impact
Limited Capacity full
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Mike is available to speak with you about how to create impactful videos for your camp and the creative (not the highly technical) approaches Perlow Productions takes with its camps.

Speakers
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Mike Perlow

President, Perlow Productions, LLC
Founder & President of Perlow Productions; a video production company based just outside of Philadelphia. We work with summer camps all over the country creating powerful recruiting/promotional videos. Our services include ground level and aerial videography, full video editing... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

1:00pm

Office Hours: Architecture & Camp Planning
Limited Capacity full
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Jackie is available to speak to you about all your Camp Master Planning and Architectural needs.

Speakers
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Jackie Kaminsky

LEED AP, Domokur Architects
Jackie brings a fresh, bright and enthusiastic attitude to all of her projects. With a methodical and comprehensive approach, she guides projects to success by fully delving into challenges and carefully tailoring design solutions to meet the needs of each client. Her experience completing... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

1:00pm

Office Hours: Israeli Dance at Camp
Limited Capacity full
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Israeli dance at camp can be so much more than Turkish Kiss on Saturday night. Erica will be delighted to talk with you about all the possibilities for your camp.

Speakers
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Erica Goldman

Director of Program and Operations, Ma'agal & JPro Network
Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

1:30pm

Break Out Session #3
Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
TBA

1:30pm

Advanced Advertising Strategies On Google: How to Optimize Search and Display Ads to Reach Your Audience
Are your ads updated to reach the most people? Google Adwords is constantly changing their platform to better meet the needs of advertisers. YOU can capitalize on these features immediately! This session will cover the new tools available on Adwords, basic search ads, display ads and targeting to help you maximize your efforts amid your ever-growing competition. You session will leave this session with the hands‐on instructions to create ads, how to check results and optimize campaigns effectively!

Speakers
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Elissa

Account Director, Social Summer Camp
www.socialsummercamp.com/


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kent A-B, Level 4

1:30pm

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): The Truth About Trauma and its Impact on Our Campers
Research shows that out of the approximately 5.3 million Jewish adults living in the United States, nearly 662,500 have experienced some form of childhood maltreatment that will have life-long consequences. As camp professionals, we have the unique opportunity to recognize and respond to children and families dealing with maltreatment (i.e. emotional neglect, exposure to violence, etc.). This session will help you build a supportive camper care program for children who have experienced trauma or maltreatment and assist in guiding staff as they respond to and engage with campers.

Speakers
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Adam Rosenberg

Executive Director, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
As head of Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Adam Rosenberg brings together his passion for community development and his background in not for profit management and law to help institutions protect children from abuse and trauma. He has become one of this nation's authorities on mandatory... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Laurel C-D, Level 4

1:30pm

Beyond "Boys Side" and "Girls Side" - Gender Inclusion in Jewish Camping
How do you create an inclusive camp community for people of all genders? Jewish camps that were founded on the assumption of a gender binary - for example having a "boys side" and "girls side" of camp - now encounter a wider array of gender identities amongst campers and staff, from transgender to gender fluid, gender non-conforming, and more. This reality challenges us as leaders to find ways to build an inclusive and safe community for all. Is your camp ready to welcome campers and staff of all genders, and how will you support their experience? Let's explore some of the challenges and opportunities together.

Speakers
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Deborah Newbrun

Coach/Mentor/Teacher, Hiddur
Deborah Newbrun was the Director of Camp Tawonga for 26 years. Her career as a Jewish leader (particularly in Jewish environmental education) spans 30 years including 4 years as Hazon's Director in the Bay Area and one year as Keshet’s Interim Bay Area Director. Additionally, she... Read More →
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Jamie Simon-Harris

Executive Director, Camp Tawonga
Jamie has worked with Camp Tawonga for over 16 years in various capacities including camp director for nine years. In January, 2017, she assumed the role of executive director. An expert in emergency preparedness as well as gender inclusion and teen health education, Jamie speaks... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Laurel A-B, Level 4

1:30pm

Building An Inclusive Camper Culture
Campers with disabilities often face the challenge of being fully accepted into social life at camp. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to foster an inclusive camper culture. Key topics will include ways to educate your campers about disabilities and accommodations, build peer cooperation, and help campers develop self-advocacy skills. We will also discuss the benefits that children and teens with disabilities can gain from knowing peers with similar disabilities, and the importance of striking a balance between inclusion and identity development.

Speakers
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Dr. Arielle Silverman

Consultant, Disability Wisdom Consulting
Arielle Silverman is a consultant working to promote a fuller understanding of the disability experience. Her trainings are designed to help camp professionals shed misconceptions and build comfort interacting with people who have a variety of disabilities. Arielle received her doctorate... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dover C, Level 3

1:30pm

Coaching Your Staff: Develop your staff culture with intentional coaching
Coach Danny Herz will share how to use coaching techniques to build the culture for staff. We will learn about this unique approach to staff development ideas that have led to dozens of former assistant coaches becoming head coaches, and dozens of former camp staff members moving on to successful leadership positions of their own. You will leave the session with knowledge that can be applied at your camps this summer on how to build a culture of teamwork, responsibility, accountability, and intentionality - which will help build the next generation of Jewish leaders in the camping industry.

Speakers
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Danny Herz

Director, URJ 6 Points Sports Academy
Danny Herz, is one of the strongest voices in Jewish athletics in North America. He has called 6 Points Sports Academy his home since the inception of the camp in 2010. Danny is known for being an energetic, enthusiastic and positive coach who develops his staff into leaders - by... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Essex C, Level 4

1:30pm

Don't Say "Non-Jew": How to Embrace Interfaith Families
With children from interfaith families comprising a greater percentage of our camp populations each summer, camps need to ensure that campers from interfaith families feel truly comfortable and embraced at camp. This session will address how participants can be sure that their camp uses language and optics that are welcoming and inclusive of children from interfaith families on the website, in marketing pamphlets and brochures, in written communication with camp families and throughout the camp itself. We will also discuss how camps can effectively and sensitively communicate with children from interfaith families and their parents and how to ensure that other campers are respectful of those from interfaith families. As a result of attending this session, camp staff will be better prepared to make sure that children from interfaith families will feel truly welcome and included and have a positive camp experience.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Robyn Frisch

Rabbi Robyn Frisch

Director, InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia
Rabbi Robyn Frisch is the Director of InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia, where she empowers people in interfaith relationships to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and encourages Jewish communities to welcome them. She is also the spiritual leader of Temple Menorah Keneseth... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom 7, Level 3

1:30pm

Email is King: Nurture & Convert Leads to Customers Through Personalized Email Automation
Today’s buyers want hyper-personalized and engaging content from brands they interact with at every touchpoint. Nurturing leads from the moment they initiate interest to the moment they make a purchase decision is imperative to increasing top-line growth. Although this is a shared sentiment in marketing these days, how does one effectively put this in place? When prioritizing marketing channels to elevate your brand’s identity and facilitate a thoughtful lead to customer experience, email is king. According to Econsultancy, three-quarters of companies agree that email offers excellent to good ROI while Campaign Monitor cites for every $1 spent, email marketing generates $38 in ROI. The moral of the story here is that if you aren’t leveraging personalized email marketing, now is the time! Join Kaitlyn Merola, Director of UX & Content Strategy at 829 Studios to discover: o How to strategically approach an automated lead nurturing email campaign o The framework for constructing an effective lead journey from source to close o Measurable metrics to track and analyze the success of email marketing

Speakers
avatar for Kaitlyn Merola

Kaitlyn Merola

Director of UX & Content Strategy, 829 Studios LLC
As the Director of UX & Content Strategy at 829 Studios, Kaitlyn consistently takes a data-driven approach to all aspects of demand creation, content marketing, and lead nurturing campaigns. It has been Kaitlyn’s mission to effectively shape, manage and refine a holistic set of... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom 3, Level 3

1:30pm

Family Camp: Creating a partnership with Federation, local camps and ECCs
The Jewish Federation launched the Family Camp Project in 2016. Knowing that immersive Jewish experiences are one of the most effective ways of building and strengthening Jewish identity, we wanted to expand the opportunities for Los Angeles families with young children to experience such weekends. By partnering with camps and matching them with early childhood centers and other organizations serving families with young children, we are able to offer affordable, nourishing, and Jewishly rich programming for families. Additionally, we provide training to increase the capacity of the camp and ECC staff to successfully run family camps. This session will serve to share guiding principles along with the learnings so far. Coupled with the Federation perspective, the audience will hear from two camp leaders (Shalom Institute and Camp Ramah in CA) as we discuss what this approach offers, the learning curve involved, and the way in which it introduces potential campers to the power of overnight camping.

Speakers
avatar for Allison David

Allison David

Associate Camp Director; Director of Year Round Programs, Shalom Institute/Camp JCA Shalom
Allison serves as the Shalom Institute’s Director of Year Round Programs and the Associate Director of Camp JCA Shalom, after joining their year round team in 2007 as the Assistant Director. In addition to her summer camp role, she oversees and manages the Shalom Institute’s robust... Read More →
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Ariella Moss Peterseil

Camp Director, Camp Ramah in California
Born in Berkeley, Ariella grew up in Israel, raised in Jerusalem at the feminist Orthodox school Pelech and served as a Commander Teacher in the Education Unit of the IDF, working with juvenile delinquents. Ariella received recognition as Exemplary Soldier in the Training Course as... Read More →
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Shira Rosenblatt

Senior Vice President, Jewish Education and Engagement, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Shira Rosenblatt serves as the Senior VP for Jewish Education and Engagement in Federation's Ensuring the Jewish Future Strategic Initiative. In that role since January, 2013, she oversees all of the programs and initiatives from birth through high school. Prior to coming to Federation... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom 4, Level 3

1:30pm

Fundraising for YOUR Future (and your Camp!)
Fundraising is a fundamental skill that is critical to your nonprofit professional development. If the whole idea of fundraising is nauseating then come along and discover the joys in fundraising! As a camp professional, you are smart and engaging – two of the basic prerequisites necessary to be a great fundraiser. This session will highlight internal factors necessary for success, explore the art and science of philanthropic giving and offer some strategies that help you get the gift. Everyone is welcome from early to mid-level to senior practitioners, supervisors and volunteers. Why? Because fundraising is a team sport and everyone can play a part!

Speakers
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David Phillips

Principal, Immersive 1st
David Phillips is a native of the UK, having moved to the USA in 1990 after being infected by the ‘summer camp bug’! David is Principal of Immersive1st Consulting, a firm that specializes in assisting not-for-profit organizations in areas such as fundraising, strategic planning... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

1:30pm

Laying the Foundation for Camp Success: Bringing Out the Best in Your Year-Round Staff
For your camp to be at its best, your people need to be at their best. In this session we will talk about how employees are feeling in the Jewish nonprofit sector and at camps and we will learn from each other about ways to maximize the potential of your year-round staff. Outstanding camps are powered by outstanding professionals. Let's be outstanding.

Speakers
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Amy Born

Organizational Development Consultant, Leading Edge
Amy Born works in the field of organizational psychology and organizational development both as a consultant and in roles internal to organizations. Some past and current clients include The World Bank, United States Postal Service (USPS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Essex A-B, Level 4

1:30pm

Making Space for Grief: Jewish Customs on Death and Mourning at Camp
When a camp experiences a loss, how does the camp community respond? Whether during the year or while at camp, directors are often called upon to lead their communities through difficult times. In this session we'll be learning about Jewish customs and traditions on death and mourning, and discussing how we might adapt them to create rituals and healing spaces.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Eisenstat

Jeffrey Eisenstat

Rabbi, Congregation Shireinu
Rabbi Jeff is the Founding Director of Camp JRF and Noar Hadash. In over 41 years as a rabbi, he has served congregations in Plantation, FL, Philadelphia and State College, PA, directed Hillel at Penn State and has also run summer camps, youth programs, family retreats and family... Read More →
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Jodi Sperling

Head of Overnight Camping, JCCA
Jodi was a camp director for 12 years before joining JCC Association as the VP of Camping and Teen Engagement in 2011. When Jodi made aliyah in 2014 she became the head of overnight camping for JCCA, supporting and leading the work of the 25 JCCA-affiliated overnight camps. Jodi consults... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Iron, Level 4

1:30pm

Perfecting Pluralism: Moving past the Least Common Denominator
Many Jewish overnight camps, describe themselves as "pluralist." In today's world, it has been said that diversity is a given, but that pluralism is an accomplishment. What does it really mean to be pluralist? How can we deepen that framework beyond a minimalist attempt at being something for everyone, or creating an atmosphere that causes little or no offense? Using a paradigm adapted from The Pluralism Project at Harvard, we will present a vision for a deeper, more meaningful pluralism. Together, we will explore how to make it practical at camp.

Speakers
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Michelle Shapiro Abraham

Director of Learning and Innovation, Youth Division, Union for Reform Judaism & Foundation for Jewish Camp
Michelle Shapiro Abraham, MAJE, RJE has been with the Foundation for Jewish Camp Specialty Camp Incubator since its inception and has supported all of the camps in developing meaningful, integrated and relevant approaches to Jewish learning and living. She has worked in the field... Read More →
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Ramie Arian

Consultant, Ramie Arian Consulting
Ramie Arian is a consultant who works with Jewish camps, youth movements and other agencies concerned with building Jewish identity and commitment in young people and adults. Throughout his 40-year career he has worked in Jewish education, mainly in experiential settings. He was founding... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Chasseur, Level 3

1:30pm

Processing Experiences with the Open to Outcome Model
Are you a leader and or a teacher? Do you engage in processing discussions with your groups to help them learn? Do you find yourself helping others through conflict? Are you good at asking questions, but want to get better? In this processing workshop, you will have the opportunity to work through and learn the Open to Outcome model of questioning. With a progression of just five questions, you can build empathy within diverse groups, help them open up and listen to each other, get them to consider the “other” point of view, and be willing to change behaviors that will enhance their positive interactions with each other. The Open to Outcome model is easy to learn and implement and can be used with groups of all ages. All leadership and facilitation ability levels are welcome to join.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cavert

Chris Cavert

Owner and Chief Training Facilitator, FUNdoing
Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known educator, trainer and speaker and a recipient of the AEE Karl Rohnke creativity award. He has been working with groups of all ages for more than 25 years. Chris is the author of over a dozen books related to activity-based experiential... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

1:30pm

Silent and Compliant: Lost in the Middle
In this session you will explore the reasons some campers (and staff) garner a lot of attention and others do not. We will discuss why this happens, who gets the focus and who does not and what to do about this issue. You will also learn how this connects to discipline, programming, relationship building and how to insure that all campers (and staff) have our attention as needed. Understanding the group dynamics of camp groups can help all the other aspects of camp counseling and supervision to be more intentional.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman is a consultant in experiential Jewish education, working with congregations and organizations on curriculum development, teen programming, professional development, and programmatic initiatives. Her consulting work takes her around NYC and North America, and she's... Read More →
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Cheryl Magen

Director of Alumni Engagement, The Davidson School at JTS
Cheryl Magen, Director of Alumni Engagement at the Davidson School of Jewish Education, supports students and alumni as career coach and coordinator of professional development. She is the founding Director for the MS in Camp Administration and Leadership at Touro University. Previously... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Bristol, Level 3

1:30pm

Sleep: Essential for your Personal and Professional Well Being and Excellence
Sleep is not negotiable. It’s essential for personal and professional health, performance, and overall well-being. You may have extensive skills in your field, but have you ever had a course on sleep? SLEEP 101 will include basic sleep science to give you a foundation from which to respect sleep and understand why it matters. From there, strategies for sustainable sleep improvement will be all the more compelling, empowering you to enhance your life and well-being. You will also gain insights into why overnight camp offers an excellent opportunity to experience a great sleep and acquire a powerful life skill, especially in our 24/7, non-stop culture.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Rothstein

Nancy Rothstein

The Sleep Ambassador® and Director of Circadian® Corporate Sleep Programs, The Sleep Ambassador® and Circadian® Corporate Sleep Programs
As The Sleep Ambassador®, Nancy inspires a new respect for sleep and its impact on all aspects of work, life and well-being. Through consulting, public speaking, media engagements, writing, and other venues, she presents strategic solutions selected to empower people to make lasting... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Waterview D, Lobby Level

1:30pm

Where and How Does Israel Live at Camp? A Look Across the Field
Grounded in findings from several research initiatives engaging more than 40 camps in the field, this session will highlight the multitude of expressions and opportunities for including Israel education within camp culture. Come learn from other camps about their strategies for infusing Israel throughout camp and explore some best practices for bringing Israel to camp this summer.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Keren Fraiman

Dr. Keren Fraiman

Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Dr. Keren Fraiman is Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, an educational consultant at the iCenter, and has managed the development of Approaching Conflicts. Keren was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Consortium for the Study... Read More →
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Aliza Goodman

Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education, The iCenter
Aliza Goodman is the Director of Professional Development at The iCenter, where she has served for over eight years growing the field of Israel education. She currently leads the design and implementation of The iCenter’s professional development initiatives for Jewish educators... Read More →
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Evan Mazin

Director of Educational Capacity Building, UJA Federation's Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education
Evan is the Director of Educational Capacity Building at UJA Federation of Greater and works to build the capacity of Toronto’s system of Jewish education. Evan oversees the work with day schools, supplementary schools, and day & overnight camps through the Silber Family Centre... Read More →
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Alex Pomson

Principal & Managing Director, Rosov Consulting Israel
Alex Pomson is Principal & Managing Director, Rosov Consulting Israel. He is internationally regarded for his research in areas that include the life course of Jewish families, teachers’ lives and work, and Israel education. Alex was founding Head of Jewish Studies at the King... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dover A-B, Level 3

1:30pm

Youth Leadership: An Answer to the Teen Engagement Challenge
Habonim Dror North America is a progressive Zionist youth movement built on the principles of collective responsibility and youth leadership. Through this lens, Habonim Dror camps are building teen leadership development programs that engage teens Jewishly, meaningfully, and long-term, and empower them to be future Jewish leaders.

Camp shows us that teens have a natural capability to be leaders. Teen engagement programs can harness this inclination by asking teens themselves to play a central role in shaping their own experiences, and the experiences of the wider community. When given the opportunity to take responsibility, teens develop the skills and understandings to be driven, self-directed leaders.

In this session we will delve into aspects of Habonim Dror’s Bonimot Tzedek teen leadership program. This includes group visioning and action planning, cultivating a sense of ownership, and developing meaningful relationships with mentors. Together, we will explore how elements of Bonimot Tzedek can be implemented in various kinds of Jewish camps and youth organizations and result in long-term teen engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Elana Bloomfield

Elana Bloomfield

Outreach Director, Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa & Hebrew Union College-JIR
Elana Bloomfield is the Educational Outreach Director at Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa. Elana is from Vancouver, Canada and currently lives in Los Angeles where she is completing her M.S. in Organizational Leadership at HUC-JIR. Before joining the year-round Camp Gilboa staff, she spent... Read More →
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Eitan Goldstein

Director of Habonim Dror North America, Habonim Dror North America
Eitan Goldstein serves as the Director of Habonim Dror North America, where he has been an active member for ten years, including working as a counselor and senior staff member at Camp Miriam and participating in the Habonim Dror Camping Association. Eitan graduated from Tufts University... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Galena, Level 4

2:00pm

Office Hours: NextGen Engagement
Limited Capacity full
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Moishe House + OneTable want to chat with you about how Jewish millennial peer-led engagement can impact your alumni relations strategy. 

Speakers
avatar for Liza Moskowitz

Liza Moskowitz

Program Coordinator, Moishe House
Liza Moskowitz joined the Moishe House Without Walls team in August 2017 to support young adults building Jewish community. She is an alumna of URJ Greene Family Camp, URJ Kutz Camp, and NFTY, having traveled with NFTY in Israel and serving as NFTY-TOR Regional President and NFTY... Read More →
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Sarit Wishnevski

Associate Director of Community Partnerships, OneTable
Sarit Wishnevski is the Associate Director of Community Partnerships at OneTable. She joined the team in 2016 as the first-ever Hub Manager, overseeing New York City and in her current role, grows and manages OneTable's relationships with organizations around the country.Prior to... Read More →
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Terry Wunder

Senior Program Director, Moishe House
Terry Wunder is an architecture school drop out who decided he likes building Jewish community more than building buildings. Currently, Terry serves as the Senior Program Director at Moishe House and runs Moishe House Without Walls (MHWOW), the organization's peer-led alumni engagement... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

2:00pm

Office Hours: Your Professional Development
Limited Capacity full
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Consider what you need to grow and advance as a Jewish communal professional, and learn about opportunities you can apply for at The Wexner Foundation to support your growth (the Wexner Graduate Fellowship or Wexner Field Fellowship).

Speakers
avatar for Ruthie Warshenbrot

Ruthie Warshenbrot

Director of the Wexner Field Fellowship, The Wexner Foundation
Ruthie Warshenbrot is the Director of the Wexner Field Fellowship at The Wexner Foundation. In addition to developing and managing the newly expanded Wexner Field Fellowship, she also works with the Wexner Graduate Fellowship alumni community. She attended NYU as a Wexner Graduate... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Break & Expo Hall Open
Final time for Expo Hall!

Monday March 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:00pm

3:00pm

3:00pm

3:00pm

Refreshman Break & Expo Hall Open
Enjoy refreshments in our expo hall thanks to our sponsors Amskier and the Dimebank!

Monday March 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Harbor Foyer, Level 4

3:00pm

Office Hours: Family Camp
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Shira Rosenblatt

Shira Rosenblatt

Senior Vice President, Jewish Education and Engagement, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Shira Rosenblatt serves as the Senior VP for Jewish Education and Engagement in Federation's Ensuring the Jewish Future Strategic Initiative. In that role since January, 2013, she oversees all of the programs and initiatives from birth through high school. Prior to coming to Federation... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:00pm

Office Hours: JPRO & Related Services
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

JPRO Network is a resource for everyone who works in the nonprofit Jewish sector. Erica will be happy to chat about how your staff might be able to benefit from it.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Director of Program and Operations, Ma'agal & JPro Network
Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

3:30pm

Meeting the Needs of Camp Parents: A Panel with ASK DR. G
Parents send their kids to camp for a multitude of reasons.  Each has different hopes and dreams of what their child will come home with (besides a trunkful of dirty laundry). How do we understand -and manage- the ever-changing needs of today’s camp parents, while staying true to our campers and the camp culture. Respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personality, author, speaker and social influencer. Dr. G will moderate a panel of a diverse group of camp parents and offer commentary on managing (and meeting) expectations.

Speakers
avatar for Rachael S. Abrams

Rachael S. Abrams

Clinical Social Worker, Jewish Community Services
Rachael S. Abrams, LCSW-C, CT is employed by Jewish Community Services as a clinical social worker providing a wide range of bereavement support services to individuals and groups experiencing a diverse spectrum of loss. She also conducts clinical assessments and provides educational... Read More →
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Liz Fisher

Chief Operating Officer, Repair the World
Elizabeth (Liz) Fisher is the Chief Operating Officer at Repair the World, where she leads the organization’s growth, operations and external affairs. Prior to Repair the World, Liz was Managing Director at NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation. Liz began her career in... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Parenting and Youth Development Expert, Family Physician, AskDoctorG.com
Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a respected parenting and youth development expert, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, her passion for raising kids with character makes her a favorite family physician, media personality, author, international speaker, and social influencer... Read More →
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Deborah S. Harburger

Clinical Instructor and Co-Director, Maryland Center at The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work
Deborah S. Harburger, MSW is a Clinical Instructor and Co-Director of the Maryland Center at The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Deborah works with federal, state, and local agencies to support the design, development... Read More →
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Jim Heeger

Vice Chair, Foundation for Jewish Camp
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Lois Kohn-Claar

Board of Directors, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Lois spent her formative summers at B’nai B’rith Beber Camp in Mukwonago, WI where she developed a love and appreciation for Jewish summer camp. After years of working in the field of education and educational technology, Lois now devotes herself to Jewish communal service. Originally... Read More →
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Eileen Price

Founder/CEO, In the City Camp
Eileen Snow Price is the Founder and Executive Director of In the City Camp, a Jewish day camp that delivers the outcomes of overnight camp: lifelong friendships, personal growth, and a meaningful connection to the Jewish community and Israel. Following graduation from Emory University... Read More →
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Adam Rosenberg

Executive Director, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
As head of Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Adam Rosenberg brings together his passion for community development and his background in not for profit management and law to help institutions protect children from abuse and trauma. He has become one of this nation's authorities on mandatory... Read More →
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Jamie Simon-Harris

Executive Director, Camp Tawonga
Jamie has worked with Camp Tawonga for over 16 years in various capacities including camp director for nine years. In January, 2017, she assumed the role of executive director. An expert in emergency preparedness as well as gender inclusion and teen health education, Jamie speaks... Read More →
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Jeffrey Wolman

Board Member, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Jeffrey is an attorney, accountant, and owner and CEO of Wolman Wealth Management Inc., a business management firm that services primarily those in the entertainment business including actors, writers, directors and producers, which he founded in 1991. He and his wife Lesley are very... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Harbor Ballroom, Level 4

5:00pm

Break Out Session #4
Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

5:00pm

Office Hours: Hebrew Union College
Limited Capacity seats available

Earn your masters while working in the Jewish community! Come talk to Elana Bloomfield about the opportunities to extend your career in the Jewish world by earning a professional degree at the Hebrew Union College, on any one of our four campuses in Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and New York. HUC.edu

Speakers
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Elana Bloomfield

Outreach Director, Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa & Hebrew Union College-JIR
Elana Bloomfield is the Educational Outreach Director at Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa. Elana is from Vancouver, Canada and currently lives in Los Angeles where she is completing her M.S. in Organizational Leadership at HUC-JIR. Before joining the year-round Camp Gilboa staff, she spent... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

5:00pm

A Session for Lay Leaders: Onboarding for Success
When the search is over and you hire a new Camp Director, everyone heaves a sigh of relief. But that is when the real work starts. Structured, intentional on-boarding ensures that new leadership receive the support they need succeed. This session will focus on aligning the expectations of the board and the new leader, creating good systems of accountability, and supporting change while maintaining excellence. If you have recently hired an new Executive; if you are in the midst of hiring process; or if you anticipate a leadership transition in the near future, this is a great session for you.

Speakers
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Aliza Mazor

Chief Field-Building Officer, Upstart
Aliza Mazor is the Chief Field Building Officer, responsible for organizational learning and field building at UpStart. Aliza is the former Executive Director of Bikkurim where she helped to support Jewish innovators and crafted the Atid Hazak (Strong Future) initiative to help high... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Essex A, Level 4

5:00pm

Building a Blueprint for Child Protection: Protecting Campers, Staff and Camp from Abuse
Can we even hug kids anymore? Camps are asking the essential question: How do we protect kids while still having fun and providing them with experiences that make camp the incredible place we know it to be? This session will address the realities of child abuse, how to protect campers, educate staff, and craft effective policies to keep camp and campers safe. This session will help camps proactively prepare and respond to allegations of abuse and children in crisis.

Speakers
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Adam Rosenberg

Executive Director, Baltimore Child Abuse Center
As head of Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Adam Rosenberg brings together his passion for community development and his background in not for profit management and law to help institutions protect children from abuse and trauma. He has become one of this nation's authorities on mandatory... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom 9, Level 3

5:00pm

Camp as Jewish Journey for Campers AND Parents
How can we better connect campers and staff? How can we ensure that the Jewish elements of camp are more relevant and meaningful? What do we do to make Judaism a more holistic and organic part of camp culture? How does Jewish culture and programming better connect with our other camp values and priorities? Are there ways for us to better partner with synagogues and other Jewish communal organizations?

Speakers
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Bradley Solmsen

Executive Director, Surprise Lake Camp
Bradley Solmsen is the Executive Director of Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, NY. Bradley has served as the Director of Youth Engagement for the Union for Reform Judaism and as the Director of the Office of High School Programs at Brandeis University. Bradley has experience as a... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Laurel A, Level 4

5:00pm

CSI: Getting a "5" in Parent Communication
There are few aspects of the overnight camp experience about which parents are more vocal than communication. For many, it seems like they can never get enough feedback while their child is away at camp. Based on data from over 50,000 parents since 2006 via the Camper Satisfaction Insight Study (a.k.a. CSI), we break down the key components of camp-to-parent communication and discuss what’s behind perfect “5” out of “5” ratings. We are joined by several camp professionals who will share their specific strategies and processes that have led to consistently excellent communication ratings from their camp families.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Denham

Linda Denham

Senior Associate, The Summation Research Group, Inc.
Linda Denham is Senior Associate at Summation Research and has been working extensively on the FJC’s Camper Satisfaction Insights (CSI) Study and One Happy Camper (OHC) applicant research for over 6 years. Linda is a seasoned business professional with 31 years of diverse, cross-functional... Read More →
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Mark Sass

President, The Summation Research Group, Inc.
Mark Sass is the founder and president of the Summation Research Group, established in 1995. Summation designed and has led the Foundation for Jewish Camp's Camper Satisfaction Insights (CSI) Study since 2006 and also partners with the FJC on Staff Satisfaction Insights (SSI) and... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom 7, Level 3

5:00pm

Cultivating the Power of Growth Mindsets at Camp
Growth mindset is the belief that talent is just a starting point and that ability can grow with hard work, persistence, and application of strategies. Recent research has confirmed that a growth mindset is a tremendous asset to future success in academics, athletics, and the career world. What better place to cultivate and develop the power of a growth mindset than at Jewish camp? A growth mindset helps kids to persevere through challenges, embrace risks, and overcome failure. In this session, you will break down the brain science of mindsets and equip leaders with the tools to develop growth mindsets in campers (and staff!) through a variety of meaningful, memorable, and easy-to-implement tools and activities. You will leave this session with an understanding of growth mindsets and strategies to help you positively impact and influence life at camp!

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Lee

Margaret Lee

Educator, Author, Consultant, and Speaker, Mindsets for Parents
Margaret ("Meg") Lee, co-author with Mary Cay Ricci of Mindsets for Parents(2016), is an education administrator, consultant, and speaker in Frederick, Maryland. She is a graduate of Hagerstown Community College and Hood College and holds a M.Ed. in educational leadership from Frostburg... Read More →
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Marty Rochlin

Director, Camp Airy, Camps Airy and Louise
Marty Rochlin is a pizza lover who found his way back to Camp Airy. He parlayed his love of camp as a camper, CIT and staff member into a career in education. A 15-year career in education – 10 years as a school administrator – provided many opportunities to lead and learn, and... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Kent A-B, Level 4

5:00pm

Failing Forward: Successful Camps learning, Growing and Taking Things to the Next Level
Every year, camps across the country share their success stories and best practices with the field.  It is critical to that we also recognize that even the highest performing camps strategically mis-step at time, with real consequences.  This session looks to add to the field narrative and highlight the way in which we share challenges, support each other and share learnings from failure.   The head professionals from 3 high performing camps will share specific examples, mis-steps and missed opportunities, as well as the learnings, strategic pivots and the resulting renewed successes.  

Speakers
avatar for Doug Lynn

Doug Lynn

Director, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps
Douglas Lynn is the Director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps—Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu, California. Doug came to Jewish camping naturally, having “grown up” in the Reform movement’s youth groups and regional movements. He is a graduate of Duke... Read More →
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Jamie Simon-Harris

Executive Director, Camp Tawonga
Jamie has worked with Camp Tawonga for over 16 years in various capacities including camp director for nine years. In January, 2017, she assumed the role of executive director. An expert in emergency preparedness as well as gender inclusion and teen health education, Jamie speaks... Read More →
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Stefan Teodosic

Executive Director, Beber Camp, Perlman Camp and The Perlman Retreat Center
Stefan Teodosic is the Executive Director of Beber Camp, Perlman Camp and the Perlman Retreat Center. He has worked in the Jewish camping world for over 20 years, including 15 at the Executive Director level. He has a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom 10, Level 3

5:00pm

How Swinging a Hammer and a Spatula Can Help Your Campers Become the Best Counselors and Citizens of the Jewish World
Resilience. Gratitude. Compassion. Reflection. How do we cultivate these qualities in our campers and staff members? How do we translate the values of tikkun ‘olam learning and activities at camp into long-term commitment and action in the social justice world? Adinah will draw on her experience with the Tivnu gap year and summer programs and as dean of Jewish life at the American Hebrew Academy boarding school to explore successful practices for supporting young adults as they learn to use power tools, cooking tools, and these life skills. Bring your experiences and expertise to share, and leave with new insights into the holy work of guiding Jewish young adults through this growth.

Speakers
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Adinah Miller

Program Director, Tivnu: Building Justice
Adinah Miller is the program director of Tivnu: Building Justice. Adinah has been professionally and personally engaged in creating diverse and vibrant Jewish communities for many years. Most recently, Adinah spent six years as Dean of Jewish Life, Jewish Studies teacher, and... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Laurel C, Level 4

5:00pm

Ma HaKesher? Creating Connections that Work
Recognizing the growing trend of both North Americans and Israelis actively participating in the delivery of Israel education at camp, this session will focus on best practices for nourishing these relationships. When done thoughtfully and intentionally, these connections can inform and enhance the experience of Israel education at camp. Join Israel @ Camp, together with camp leaders from the field, to discover new ways to nurture these relationships among staff at camp.

Speakers
avatar for Aliza Goodman

Aliza Goodman

Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education, The iCenter
Aliza Goodman is the Director of Professional Development at The iCenter, where she has served for over eight years growing the field of Israel education. She currently leads the design and implementation of The iCenter’s professional development initiatives for Jewish educators... Read More →
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Shalom Orzach

Shalom is still in awe of the fact that we can speak about the State of the Jews! He is the son of a Holocaust survivor, who grew up in the company of aunts and uncles of the closest type albeit not family. Their experiences, Yiddish banter, humor and optimism very much shaped who... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Galena, Level 4

5:00pm

Ma Tovu: Strategies to Bless Your Workforce
Mark S. Young, will lead an interactive workshop with concrete strategies on how Jewish camps can best retain and value our staff (both full-time and seasonal staff). By infusing theory from the corporate world's, The Good Jobs Strategy, and examples from nonprofits inside and outside the Jewish sector, with inspiration from Jewish texts that validate such strategies. You will be able to immediately apply lessons learned as they prepare to plan staff training and welcome staff to camp. You will also be able to re-evaluate compensation models, and understand how to provide deep feedback and professional development opportunities. The Jewish community and our camps need to retain top talent to innovate and successfully lead their organizations. This session will support and further this charge.

Speakers
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Mark Young

Managing Director, The Leadership Commons, William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education
As Managing Director of the Leadership Commons, Mark builds relationships with "thinkers, doers, and visionaries" from all corners of Jewish education come together to learn, create, and collaborate for the common good of the Jewish people in North America. Mark previously served... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Essex B, Level 4

5:00pm

Measuring Jewish Identity: Proposed Methods of Bringing Qualitative Data Into Camp Work
Data is a very overwhelming topic for many nonprofits, especially in informal and experiential educational settings. It is very easy to hide behind the adage, "there is no way to quantify what we do for our teens." There is no industry-wide agreed upon standard to measuring Jewish identity, but it is important to setup proper systems and conversations that measure Jewish growth as to how you define it. In this session you will learn the basics of measuring Jewish identity, as we share our method for bringing qualitative data to camp.

Speakers
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Dan Hazony

Director of Data and Evaluation, National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY)
Dan Hazony is the Director of Data and Evaluation at NCSY, the youth movement of the Orthodox Union. For the past eight years, he has been working to build both the technical tools and culture within NCSY to help create a data-informed organization of approximately 200 professionals... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Laurel B, Level 4

5:00pm

Real-World Learnings from Three Communities of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative
Three communities (LA, Chicago, Boston) of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative will share a new approach to teen education and engagement, and the resulting strategies developed with camp partners. Based on data, research, work in the field and independent evaluation, we will share insights about how teens today think about their lives, the broader world, their relationships with others, and what it means to them to live Jewishly. The panel will detail responsive Jewish camp experiences that are attractive to teens, add real meaning to their lives, and help them learn and grow. These lessons will help camp leaders and partners develop new experiences which connect with teen campers regardless of prior level of engagement in Jewish life or current level of Jewish knowledge.

Speakers
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Sara Myers Allen

Executive Director, Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative
Sara Allen has nearly two decades of experience in both the private sector and Jewish organizational worlds, with expertise in strategic planning, marketing and development, millennial engagement and leadership development, and new technology. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President... Read More →
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Emily Messinger

Inaugural Director, Northeast Teen Collective
Emily Messinger is the inaugural director of The Northeast Teen Collective, which is an ambitious initiative to increase the number of teens participating in Jewish life throughout New York, New Jersey, and New England. The Collective empowers highly-engaged teens to use their individual... Read More →
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Shira Rosenblatt

Senior Vice President, Jewish Education and Engagement, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Shira Rosenblatt serves as the Senior VP for Jewish Education and Engagement in Federation's Ensuring the Jewish Future Strategic Initiative. In that role since January, 2013, she oversees all of the programs and initiatives from birth through high school. Prior to coming to Federation... Read More →
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Hallie Shapiro

Associate VP, Community Outreach and Engagement, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Hallie Shapiro Devir is Associate Vice President, Community Outreach and Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. She oversees Federation’s initiatives for youth, including niche programs for teens, support of informal Jewish educators, and immersive Jewish experiences... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Kent C, Level 4

5:00pm

Sleep: Why it Matters for Camp Professionals & How to Enhance Sleep for Everyone at Camp
Sleep matters whether at home or at camp. In order to thrive at camp, you need sleep. Amidst the busy, active days, everyone can experience what great sleep feels like. As camp professionals, you have the power of instilling good sleep habits into your community. Who knew that, camp may be just the recipe we all need to experience a great night’s sleep!

Speakers
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Nancy Rothstein

The Sleep Ambassador® and Director of Circadian® Corporate Sleep Programs, The Sleep Ambassador® and Circadian® Corporate Sleep Programs
As The Sleep Ambassador®, Nancy inspires a new respect for sleep and its impact on all aspects of work, life and well-being. Through consulting, public speaking, media engagements, writing, and other venues, she presents strategic solutions selected to empower people to make lasting... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom 2, Level 3

5:00pm

The Happy Camper Toolbox
Camp is a sacred, beautiful, fun, and connective place, where the ultimate goal is the happiness and wellbeing of every camper. How can you create an incredible experience for each camper? How great would it feel to be better prepared to serve them in any situation that arises? How awesome would it be to feel complete confidence in your ability to nurture their wellbeing? During this experiential session you will build a Happy Camper Toolbox. Session objectives include, understanding what has the biggest impact on a camper’s happiness and you will learn the tools that you can use to serve and nurture your campers. You will walk away with a complete Happy Camper Toolbox.

Speakers
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Tracy Litt

President, The Litt Factor
Tracy Litt-Lester is a Certified Professional Coach & Master Practitioner of Energy Leadership. As Founder of The Litt Factor, Tracy inspires her clients to make conscious shifts to align themselves with their core values, goals, and passions. These extraordinary transformations enhance... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Laurel D, Level 4

5:00pm

Transformative Hebrew Immersion at Camp: How It Benefits Campers, the State of Israel, and Your Business!
What does it take to truly develop proficiency with Modern Hebrew and can this really be done in the fun-filled context of a typical camp setting?  Parents say Yes.  Camps say Yes.  The research says Yes.  Funders say Yes.  And the kids say Keyn!  Join us for an exploration into the unique model of the Kayitz Kef / Hebrew At Camp program and how we adapt the gold standard of second language acquisition methodology to the unique and fertile setting of Jewish summer camps.  Experience it yourself during this session, and hear first-hand accounts of why the program works and why parents are so highly satisfied that they send their children back.  Delve into research showing camper pride in their Hebrew skills, increased self-confidence, and a deeper connection with the State of Israel.  Learn about our training, marketing and ongoing assistance to help ensure your camp’s success.  Discuss flexible financial models to fit your needs and budgets.  Explore with us how you can join the growing number of camps throughout North America participating in Kayitz Kef / Hebrew At Camp!

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Held

Daniel Held

Executive Director, Executive Director of the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education
Daniel Held is the Executive Director of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, which builds the capacity Toronto’s system of Jewish education. He has a wide range of experience in strategic philanthropy, conducting research and evaluation... Read More →
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Bill Magaliff

National Director, Kayitz Kef
As National Director for the Kayitz Kef / Hebrew At Camp, Bill Magaliff oversees all aspects of this burgeoning program, from its present operations to visioning and planning for future growth and expansion. He is fluent in Hebrew, has lived and worked in both Israel and the United... Read More →
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Alex Pomson

Principal & Managing Director, Rosov Consulting Israel
Alex Pomson is Principal & Managing Director, Rosov Consulting Israel. He is internationally regarded for his research in areas that include the life course of Jewish families, teachers’ lives and work, and Israel education. Alex was founding Head of Jewish Studies at the King... Read More →
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Shira Ravin

Director of Hebrew Programming, Kayitz Kef
Shira Ravin serves as the Hebrew Director for Kayitz Kef / Hebrew At Camp, where she oversees professional development and training and works with camps to develop their individual curricula. Shira is an educator who has dedicated herself to improving the field of teaching Hebrew... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Essex C, Level 4

5:00pm

Using Creativity to Support Inclusion
This session will explore ways to use creativity to support each individual child’s needs at camp. You will learn to build from your existing inclusion efforts to take inclusion to the next level at your camp, including programing through an inclusive and creative lens and the best ways to talk about inclusion during staff training. We will discuss information to collect prior to camp that will allow the camp staff to use creativity to their advantage and how to train and equip staff to get creative in helping young people feel connected to their peers and to the camp program.

Speakers
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Pamela Schuller

Program Manager, Here. Now.
Pamela Schuller is the Program Manager for Here.Now., The Jewish Board's Jewish teen mental-health initiative. Pam holds Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Youth Outreach through the Arts and a Master’s Degree in Child Advocacy and Policy. Pam is also an inclusion advocate, often... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Dover C, Level 3

6:30pm

6:30pm

Break
Monday March 19, 2018 6:30pm - 7:15pm
TBA

6:30pm

6:30pm

6:30pm

Office Hours: Hebrew Union College
Limited Capacity seats available

Earn your masters while working in the Jewish community! Come talk to Elana Bloomfield about the opportunities to extend your career in the Jewish world by earning a professional degree at the Hebrew Union College, on any one of our four campuses in Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and New York. HUC.edu

Speakers
avatar for Elana Bloomfield

Elana Bloomfield

Outreach Director, Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa & Hebrew Union College-JIR
Elana Bloomfield is the Educational Outreach Director at Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa. Elana is from Vancouver, Canada and currently lives in Los Angeles where she is completing her M.S. in Organizational Leadership at HUC-JIR. Before joining the year-round Camp Gilboa staff, she spent... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Third Floor Rotunda, Level 3

7:00pm

Registration Closes
Monday March 19, 2018 7:00pm - 7:00pm
TBA

7:15pm

Awards Dinner
Speakers
avatar for Elisa Spungen Bildner

Elisa Spungen Bildner

Co-Founder & Co-Chair of The Board of Trustees, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Elisa Spungen Bildner is co-founder and co-chair (with Rob Bildner) of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Jewish Camp.Professionally, Elisa was president of FreshPro, a leading fresh-cut produce company serving the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic food industry. Prior to that, she... Read More →
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Rob Bildner

Co-Founder and Co-Chair of The Board of Trustees, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Robert "Rob" Bildner, co-founder of the FJC, is an attorney and entrepreneur who is active in the Jewish and secular non-profit communities and public life. Inspired by their participation in the Wexner Heritage Leadership Program, Rob and his wife Elisa founded the FJC in 1998, providing... Read More →
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Joel Einleger

Senior Program Officer – Director of Strategy, Camp Programs, The AVI CHAI Foundation
Joel Einleger is a Senior Program Officer and AVI CHAI’s Director of Strategy, Camping Programs. In his 15 years at the Foundation, Joel has overseen the growth of its investments in overnight Jewish camps and worked towards collaborations among grantees and funders in the field... Read More →
avatar for Aliza Goodman

Aliza Goodman

Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education, The iCenter
Aliza Goodman is the Director of Professional Development at The iCenter, where she has served for over eight years growing the field of Israel education. She currently leads the design and implementation of The iCenter’s professional development initiatives for Jewish educators... Read More →
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Jim Heeger

Vice Chair, Foundation for Jewish Camp
avatar for Naomi Less

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 Avi Katz Orlow

Vice President of Program and Innovation, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Before joining Foundation for Jewish Camp in 2008, Avi was the Campus Rabbi and Assistant Director of the St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and has held numerous positions as rabbi, educator, and youth leader. He spent 17 years as a camper and then educator at Ramah Camps... Read More →
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Samuel Vichness

Board of Directors, Foundation for Jewish Camp
Skip, is a senior partner in the management company, Quality Camping Properties, Inc. and President of GreyPine, LLC. He oversees camping operations on both owned and rented sites, day and resident camps, throughout the northeastern United States. Presently, with his partners, he... Read More →
avatar for Marina Yudborovsky

Marina Yudborovsky

Director of Global Operations, Genesis Philanthropy Group
As part of the senior leadership team of the Genesis Philanthropy Group, Marina serves as the Director of Global Operations, responsible for the implementation of GPG’s Performance Measurement Framework, as well as directing GPG’s operations around the globe.Marina immigrated... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Harbor Ballroom, Level 4

8:30pm

Dessert Reception: A Celebration of Israel at 70
Enjoy a dessert reception in celebration of Israel's 70th birthday! Hosted by our friends at The AVICHAI Foundation, StandwithUs and The iCenter.

Monday March 19, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Harbor Foyer, Level 4

9:00pm

9:30pm

9:30pm

9:30pm

9:30pm

 
Tuesday, March 20
 

7:15am

7:15am

7:15am

8:00am

9:00am

NEW! SPECIALTY AREA INTENSIVES
Here by popular demand! Get ready to take a deep dive into the specialty area of your choice. Workshop content will feature  opportunities that are unique to Baltimore, as well as on-site presentations from renowned experts. Topics include customer service, middle management, mental health, greening your institution, and much more!
The intensives will last for 3 hours, and each will offer you a chance to interact with particular subjects at a high-level, giving you developed strategies and actionable tactics to strengthen your camp, community, and the field.

Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

9:00am

Affecting Groups through Effective Facilitation: Building Consensus and Better Brainstorming
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to help a group work towards consensus? And what about getting a group to brainstorm in new ways resulting in original + unique ideas? This deep-dive workshop is for professionals who already have experience running meetings, leading groups, managing staff and designing group sessions. Learn fundamentals for building group consensus, brainstorming methods allowing all voices to be heard, and skills to create empowered teams with innovative ideas. Participate in different activities to inspire you with fresh ways to approach designing your next session. The session is designed for experienced leaders to walk away with new tools + tangible techniques to add to their facilitation toolkit.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Dubin

Hannah Dubin

Founder and Principal, The Group Forward
Hannah is described as the “swiss army knife of facilitation”—no matter what the situation, she’s got the perfect activity ready to help move a group forward. With over 15 years of experience working as a facilitator, trainer and consultant, Hannah’s people-centered approach... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Laurel C-D, Level 4

9:00am

Be the Trend: Food Values in Action
Limited Capacity seats available

How are Jewish camps responding to modern day issues such as factory farming and food waste? We’ll learn about fun and interactive ways to start a conversation about food values at camp, and hear about the innovative ways some camps are already putting these values into action. You will gain tools for applying traditional Jewish insights to contemporary communal life through the lens of Jewish animal and sustainability ethics. Together we’ll explore how Judaism can empower us to be a truer version of ourselves during and beyond the summer.

Can you update our session description with the line: We will hear from representatives of Eden Village Camp, Ramah in the Rockies, and Camp Zeke about their food practices

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Aronson

Rachel Aronson

Manager of Sustainability and Community and Engagement at Hazon, Hazon
Rachel is the Manager of Sustainability and Community and Engagement at Hazon. In that role, she supports the Hazon Seal of Sustainability, a national network of Jewish organizations working towards environmental sustainability. She has worked on a community farm, lived in an environmental... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Hoffman

Melissa Hoffman

Director, Jewish Initiative for Animals
Melissa directs the Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA), a leading Jewish sustainable food and animal welfare initiative. In her role, she consults with Jewish organizations and communities across the country to develop ethical food practices, as well as curriculum and programs that... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Heron, Level 4

9:00am

Beyond the First Kiss: Building Healthy Camp Cultures Around Romance, Sexuality, & Gender
Limited Capacity filling up

Even in a world that is embracing new expressions of gender, many pre-teens and teens at camp still feel intense pressure to conform to very specific codes of dress, speech, and behavior based on being male or female. Sexist name calling and pressure to be sexual are commonplace at camp and are too often ignored or even encouraged by junior staff. While for many teens camp is a safe place to explore emerging desires and romantic interest, for others the camp environment can reinforce harmful pressure to hook up for reasons of status and fitting in. How do we help staff and campers to challenge expectations based on gender and create a healthier environment to explore both friendships and romantic relationships? How can senior staff communicate clear boundaries to protect all campers and also foster healthy development and conversation about personal and communal values around attraction, flirtation, romance, body image, gender codes, sexual identity and sexuality? In this highly interactive session, we will share recent action-research conducted by Moving Traditions and FJC with 25 camps and share new tools and approaches for addressing these issues proactively through staff training, camp policy and program development.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Brenner

Daniel Brenner

Chief of Education and Program, Moving Traditions
Rabbi Daniel Brenner helps Jewish communities address the spiritual and developmental needs of pre-teens and teens in his role as Chief of Education and Program at Moving Traditions. Prior to Moving Traditions, Daniel served in leadership positions at CLAL-The National Jewish Center... Read More →
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Tamara Cohen

Chief of Innovation, Moving Traditions
Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Chief of Innovation at Moving Traditions, oversees the development of programmatic initiatives including the Rosh Hodesh Reboot and Moving Traditions’ online program for trans, non-binary, and gender questioning Jewish teens. Prior to Moving Traditions, Tamara... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Waterview A-B, Lobby Level

9:00am

Building Your Team and Keeping it Strong
Limited Capacity filling up

We all work to build strong, connected teams among our staff. Maintaining those teams throughout the long summer can get tough. This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to explore what makes a team and leave with strategies to be more intentional as leaders when working to build and maintain it.

Speakers
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Consultant
Brett Gurwitz is a trainer, coach and consultant, with over twenty years of youth development experience. Brett currently works with Ramapo for Children as the Associate Director of Youth and Community Development, where he helps educators and youth professionals gain practical tools... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Harbor A, Level 4

9:00am

Design Sprint: Camp Year Round
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready to create camp year-round for your campers and community? Already have a year-round program and are thinking about what the 2.0 version looks like? This session will be a structured design sprint aimed at generating prototypes for camp year round. Participants will be introduced to the principals of human centered design and will step through the process of immersing, framing, imagining and prototyping. We will deepen our understanding of what campers and parents want and need in terms of year-round camp, generate framing questions and design criteria, brainstorm program ideas, and create rough prototypes for some of the most exciting options.

Speakers
avatar for Aliza Mazor

Aliza Mazor

Chief Field-Building Officer, Upstart
Aliza Mazor is the Chief Field Building Officer, responsible for organizational learning and field building at UpStart. Aliza is the former Executive Director of Bikkurim where she helped to support Jewish innovators and crafted the Atid Hazak (Strong Future) initiative to help high... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Laurel A-B, Level 4

9:00am

Examining Racism and Anti-Semitism
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session we will dive into contemporary issues around racism and anti-semitism in North America. The session will be informed by the political reality of the world, particularly the United States but will also more broadly explore the ways the racism and anti-semitism intersect and impact our lives, the lives of our campers and their families. This will be an interactive session in which participants will be offered information, perspective and an opportunity for self examination and reflection as well as new ways of thinking about race and identity.

Speakers
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Consultant
Jonah Canner is an educator, facilitator and mentor offering spiritual, emotional, and strategic support to people and organizations doing good work in the world. His primary focus areas, include racial equity, restorative justice, experiential education, and working through conflict... Read More →
avatar for Yehudah Webster

Yehudah Webster

Community organizer and political activist, Community Organizer
Community organizer and political activist Yehudah Webster works to ensure the Jewish community remains committed to the fight for racial justice and collective liberation. As a board member for Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, Yehudah supports the police reform and the Black Lives... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Atlantic, Level 3

9:00am

Playing to Heal: Camp as a Source of Refuge and Resilience
Limited Capacity seats available

Trauma comes in many forms – such as experiencing first-hand or living in a world with school shootings, violence, natural disasters, antisemitism, and difficult home lives. Childhood trauma can have a profound impact on brain development, social, emotional, and cognitive growth, and the adoption of health-risk behaviors. What do we do when we discover our campers and staff are experiencing or have experienced trauma? How do we ensure that no child is lost in our camp system?

Prepare to experience a paradigm shift in how you understand your campers, your staff, and the untapped potential Camp can have as a medium to help people navigate the devastating effects of childhood trauma. This session will provide an overview of the most current research on childhood trauma and the growing movement to create trauma-informed and responsive youth programming. You’ll receive an evidence-based framework for understanding Camp’s unique role in helping children foster resilience and heal, and you’ll be equipped with a set of approaches and tools to start down the path towards being a trauma-informed organization.

We know Camp connects. It educates and empowers. Come discover how Camp can heal.


Speakers
avatar for Lou Bergholz

Lou Bergholz

Managing Partner and Founder, Edgework Consulting
Lou Bergholz is the Managing Partner and Founder of Edgework Consulting. For over 20 years, Lou has consulted to youth development organizations around the world. He’s designed and launched camp and camp-style programs in the US, Israel, Gaza, Namibia, Malawi, South Africa, Ethiopia... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Falkland, Level 4

9:00am

Tour the National Aquarium: A Model of Including Everyone in an Educational Experience
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join us on an experiential tour of the National Aquarium to understand the Aquarium’s methods and tactics around giving all guests a meaningful visit---highlighting the features and exhibits that accommodate people with special needs. Camp professionals will discuss the ways the Aquarium thinks about inclusion, and how the experience offers an educational framework to include all campers and staff. Wear your walking shoes!

Pre-Registration for this session is REQUIRED.

All confirmed attendees will receive a ticket with their registration materials.

Once Leaders Assembly begins, people interested in adding this session can check availability at the registration desk.

Signing up on sched does not put you on the waitlist. To be added to the waitlist please go to registration.

Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby (8:45 am)

9:00am

Why Your Story Matters
Limited Capacity seats available

Story is our most powerful persuasive communication tool. Many leaders, however, are confused by what a story is, and are confounded by how and when to share stories.

In this practical, interactive, and energetic program, you’ll learn why audiences engage with and respond to stories, and how to find, develop, and share your stories to strengthen understanding of your camp, deepen relationships, and attract new campers and supporters.
· You will leave with at least one well-developed story, and with ideas about with whom and how to share your story.

· You’ll acquire four easy tips for making your stories better.

· You’ll be on your way to more fully developing your narrative intelligence – and your ability to harness the power of story to achieve your goals.

Speakers
avatar for Thaler Pekar

Thaler Pekar

Thaler Pekar & Partners, CEO
Thaler Pekar has been recognized by both the BBC and the Smithsonian Institution as an expert on organizational storytelling. As the CEO of Thaler Pekar & Partners, Thaler has advised hundreds of organizations, and thousands of smart leaders across the private, public, and social... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Harbor B, Level 4

9:00am

Zingerman's: The Art of Giving Great Service
Limited Capacity seats available

Inc. Magazine called Zingerman's the “Coolest Small Company in America," and they've been featured in the Harvard Business Review and on MSNBC for their business practices. Zingerman’s has set the standard for great customer service, and the foundation for that service is the fact that early on, they codified what “great service” means for Zingerman’s, and consistently teach it to every single employee, customer facing or not, that joins the organization, regardless of whether that employee will be with us for 10 weeks or 10 years. And now they are bringing their expertise in service to Leaders Assembly.  This fast-paced workshop will focus on specific tools and techniques for great service that you – and your team – can use with customers and co-workers alike.

Speakers
avatar for Elnian Gilbert

Elnian Gilbert

Trainer, Zingerman's
Elnian’s 10 years of experience at Zingerman’s includes multiple businesses and positions, from her start at Zingerman’s Mail Order to logistical experience at ZingTrain. It is this breadth of experience that Elnian brings to her role as a trainer, sharing Zingerman’s approach... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Kent A-C, Level 4

12:00pm

1:00pm