Cornerstone Fellowship

This program promotes Jewish culture change at camp by offering Jewish educational training to exemplary returning bunk staff and professional development to camp leaders.

We  are now accepting applications for Cornerstone 2014!

Returning Camps

New Camps

Returning counselors are the “cornerstones” of their camp.  Over the last eleven years, nearly 2300 fellows have participated in this transformative experience.  As we head into our twelfth year, we expect the largest seminar to date.  At this seminar, 400 staff members come together for workshops, song sessions, and campfires, learning from our seasoned faculty and each other.  Fellows share “magic” and ideas between camps, creating a new type of camp community.  Cornerstone also offers an important professional development opportunity for senior camp staff supervising counselors' progress throughout the program. Both fellows and senior camp staff are supported by a faculty advisor, who provides coaching throughout the summer so that visions and action plans can be implemented successfully.

Cornerstone Seminar 2014
May 18-22
Capital Camps in Waynesboro, PA


New in Cornerstone 2014:

  • Responding to popular demand and the needs of the program, Cornerstone 2014 Seminar dates have been extended.  All participants will arrive on Sunday, May 18th and depart on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

  • Participating camps will receive a $500 stipend that must be used towards either a liaison stipend or Cornerstone Action Plan program budget.

  • We are offering an honors course during the Seminar for fellows who aspire to make their careers in Jewish camping and/or the larger Jewish communal field. The course will provide these fellows a deeper understanding and broader framework to understand their work at camp.


Information for Returning Camps

Cornerstone 2014 Information Guide



The Cornerstone Fellowship: New Camp Track

The New Camp Track is an intensive track intended for camps that are new to the Cornerstone Fellowship. This program is designed to be a thorough introduction that will enable you to successfully implement Cornerstone at your camp this year and for many years to come. 

New camps will experience Cornerstone through a behind-the-scenes lens, both as a liaison (supervisory staff member) and fellow (programming bunk counselor.) The New Camp Track will equip camps with the tools to enhance their Jewish educational programming as well as recruit, retain, and invest in returning counselors who will serve as Cornerstone fellows in future years. Participation in year one is limited to one liaison per camp who will work towards full participation, including fellows, in year two. 

Cornerstone 2014 New Camp Track Guide



If you have any questions about the program, please contact Alina Bitel, Cornerstone Program Director, at 646-278-4533 or via email at

The Cornerstone Fellowship is a program of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, generously supported by the AVI CHAI Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, the Marcus Foundation, and the Morningstar Foundation. 

Cornerstone Fellows

Camps select returning bunk staff to be a part of this cohort of young leaders.  They are required to attend the Seminar in May and implement programs back at camp during the summer.

Cornerstone Liaisons

Each camp nominates a member of their senior leadership team to guide the fellows.  Liaisons attend the May Seminar and oversee the Cornerstone fellows and their Action Plans over the summer.

Cornerstone Shlichim

Select returning Israeli staff members attend the May Seminar to strengthen their relationship with fellows at their camps and design Action Plan components that they will implement together.