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Vichness Center

The Campaign for the Vichness Conference Center

Having outgrown its old office space, FJC moved its headquarters in June 2012. The move signaled not only the need for larger, more efficient facilities, but also the Foundation’s ever-expanding role in the world of nonprofit Jewish overnight camp. Just as the campfire—the place where everyone gathers—is the heart of camp, the heart of the new office is the Vichness Conference Center which has been designed to serve FJC and the field with the capacity to host meetings, seminars, webinars, and trainings for up to 60 people at a time. We are proud that this new space bears the name of Samuel E. “Skip” Vichness, former FJC board chair and current chair of the Chairman’s Council. Skip is an extraordinary leader, devoting an abundance of time, energy, and effort to FJC and the field of Jewish camp, camp professionals, and campers. We thank the 50 generous donors representing the FJC Board of Directors and Trustees, former board members, and private camp industry colleagues who donated over $700,000 to the capital campaign for construction of the new offices and Vichness Conference Center which was dedicated in Skip’s honor in January 2013.

ROSHEI MACHANEH – $50,000

  • The Vichness Family
  • Lee and Melissa Weiss

ROSHEI EIDAH – $25,000

  • Alan and Kerry Appelbaum
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner
  • Susan and Julie Eisen
  • Jeremy and Gail Fingerman
  • Archie Gottesman and Gary Debode
  • Arnold and Nina Harris
  • Keith Klein
  • Jane and Neil Kuttner
  • Marcia Weiner Mankoff and Doug Mankoff
  • Dan and Jane Och
  • Julie Beren Platt and Marc Platt
  • Marc E. and Susan Sacks
  • Jodi J. Schwartz and Steven Richman
  • The Skier Family

MADRICHIM – $10,000

  • Jeffry Ackerman and Andrea Goodman
  • Joseph Appelbaum and Dr. Lindsey Douglas
  • The Dime Bank
  • Howard and Susan Gulker
  • Jim Heeger and Daryl Messinger
  • Mindy and Jay S. Jacobs
  • Dan and Jane Kagan
  • Mike and Michele Kulchin
  • Lisa Messinger and Rabbi Aaron Panken
  • David and Allison Miller
  • National Ramah Commission
  • Dr. Michael Och
  • Doug, Forrester, and Greg Pierce
  • James and Sharon Schwarz
  • Jerry and Erica Silverman
  • Mark Transport
  • Union for Reform Judaism Camps

CHANICHIM – $5,000

  • Mark and Lauren Bernstein
  • Mickey Black and Family
  • Billy and Robin Breitner
  • Scott Brody
  • Ab and Phyllis Flatt
  • Steven and Trudy Holt
  • Midge Kolojejchick and Peter Kizis
  • Gerry and Susan Maldoff
  • Mark and Laura Newfield
  • Andrea and Scott Ralls
  • David and Debbie Solomon
  • Tony and Emily Stein
  • Robyn Tanne
  • Weidhorn Family Foundation
  • Arnee R. And Walter A. Winshall

CHAVERIM – Gifts under $5,000

  • Joseph and Robyn Bier
  • Dr. Harvey and Joan Bucholtz
  • Allison and Michael Cohen
  • Jerome and Brenda Deener
  • Leonard and Estelle Edelson
  • Rabbis David Ellenson and Jacqueline Koch Ellenson
  • Edward and Leah Frankel
  • Philip and Carol Goldsmith
  • Robert and Bambi Granovsky
  • Donald and Annabel Horward
  • Lois Kohn-Claar and Gary Claar
  • Abby Knopp and Ephraim Slomovic
  • Jay Leipzig and Cindy Chazan
  • Joan and Richard Malizia
  • Arnold and Marilyn Miller
  • Murray and Marion Mohl
  • Rabbi Michael Monson and Fani Magnus Monson
  • Aaron and Claire Nierenberg
  • Bruce and Maggie Pritikin
  • Lou and Jill Myers Raizin
  • Edwin S. and Bunny Rubin
  • Andrew and Rachel Scheff
  • Allen and Helen Schwartz
  • Jordan and Fran Shiner
  • Noel and Pauline Siegel
  • Laurie Stone
  • Rabbi Kenneth and Leah Tarlow

CAMP DIRECTORS

  • Ruben Arquilevich
  • Adam Benmoise
  • David and Keely Berkman
  • Rabbi Eliav Bock
  • Louis Bordman
  • Eli & Bessie Cohen Foundation
  • Jonathan “JC” Cohen
  • Rabbi Mitchell Cohen
  • Jacob Cytryn
  • Jordan Dale
  • Sheira Director-Nowack
  • Loui and Sheila Dobin
  • Rabbi Yitzchok Ehrman
  • Risa Epstein
  • Melissa Frey
  • Alan Friedman
  • Noah Gallagher
  • Rabbi Edward Gelb
  • Jonah Geller
  • Steven Gerard
  • Jonathan Gerstl
  • Hunter Gold
  • Jared Goldlust
  • Adam and Bobbee Griff
  • Terri Grossman
  • Bobby Harris
  • William Kaplan
  • Gerard Kaye
  • Greg Kellner
  • Michelle Koplan
  • Guy Korngold
  • Kenneth and Marcy Kornreich
  • Ken Kramarz
  • Julian Krinsky
  • Rabbi Avraham Kunstlinger
  • Josh Levine
  • Douglas and Jamie Lynn
  • Lisa and Isaac Mamaysky
  • Rabbi Joseph Menashe
  • Geoffrey Menkowitz
  • Jim Mittenthal
  • Mitch Morgan
  • Ruth Ann Ornstein
  • Sam Perlin
  • Josh and Tracy Pierce
  • Ron Polster
  • Hal and Arlene Pugach
  • Sarah Raful Whinston
  • Rabbi Paul Resnick
  • Jeffrey Rose
  • Tom Rosenberg and Pam Sugarman
  • Ronni Saltzman Guttin and William Guttin
  • Rabbi Isaac Saposnik and Jeanne Calloway
  • Jamie Segill
  • Aaron Selkow
  • Rabbi Joel Seltzer
  • Ken Shifman
  • Debby Shriber
  • Adam Shulman
  • Gilad and Miriam Shwartz
  • Frank and Simone Silberlicht
  • Lenny Silberman
  • Alan Silverman
  • Amy Skopp Cooper
  • Lewis Sohinki
  • Rabbi David and Emily Soloff
  • Jodi Sperling
  • Yoni and Vivian Stadlin
  • Joshua and Meghan Steinharter
  • Debbie and Joel Sussman
  • Stefan Teodosic
  • Brenda Tessler Donen
  • Sharon Waimberg
  • Steve Weinberg
  • Adam Weinstein and Rodrick Dial
  • Zim Zimmerman