Yitro Takes Off for Israel!

Earlier this week, 19 assistant and associate camp directors boarded planes for the Yitro Israel seminar, a 10-day trip across the Holy Land to connect creatively and develop new Israel education opportunities at camp. The Israel seminar is one component of the Yitro Leadership Program ...

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Finding Who We Are Under the Stars

We now find ourselves in the waning moments of Succoth, the Holiday of Booths. You may have noticed a number of booths being constructed in your neighborhood. Here in the northern hemisphere, it seems counterintuitive; camp is long over and while everyone else is packing up their lawn chairs for the winter, the Jewish community is headed outdoors. At the end of a seemingly endless litany of reason...

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FJC Graduates First Cohort of Yitro Leadership Fellows

FJC is proud to announce the graduation of the inaugural Yitro Leadership Program cohort of associate and assistant camp directors!  Generously supported by the AVI CHAI Foundation , the Yitro Program’...

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What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

As many of you heard at the Leaders Assembly, our third biennial conference in March, 41 summers ago, my mom and dad provided me with an experience which truly transformed my life.  They sent me to Jewish overnight camp.  Although I hadn't been back to camp for 33 years, I have cherished my me...

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AYEKA: Writing the 2012 Cornerstone Song

Ayeka? As the Music Educator and Songleader on Cornerstone Faculty, I have the incredible honor and formidable challenge of writing a song that encapsulates the Cornerstone values and vibe. Each year, the Foundation for Jewish Camp staff and I wonder together what the Cornerstone song will be - how it will sound, what it will say, how it will resonate with the Cornerstone community bot...

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Since the Beginning...

When the Cornerstone Fellowship first was announced in 2002, I was more than thrilled.  Finally, our counselors would be able to see that they were not the only Jewish camp counselors in the world, that Jewish camp counseling was actually a "professional job," and that the best camp counselors possessed certain skills and knowledge that made them excellent at what they do.  As our own singular c...

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Elevating Ourselves as Jews

From the Jewish National Fund blog JNF-Ramah Alternative Winter Break A few sentences are not enough to summarize my experience on the Ramah/JNF trip, nor is one trip to Israel a complete picture of this beautiful country. This trip was truly eye opening and helped me to see Israel in a new light. My past few trips have been more touristy; I merely touched the s...

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