Monthly Archives: November 2016

“A Taste of Summer”

Get to know Michael Wolf of WOLFoods Inc. and some of his incredible staff.  We have enjoyed two summers of WOLFoods services and are looking forward to another delicious summer together!

What are your favorite camp meals?  We’re planning the menu now…

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Four Atlanta-Area CJ Alumni Receive Prestigious Impact Grant

Four Camp Judaea alumni were chosen to be participants in the The Shirlye Kaufman Birnbrey Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) Impact Fellowship Program. The prestigious program provides Atlanta Jewish students in the 11th grade with the extraordinary opportunity to connect to the Jewish people and the land of Israel by attending a fully-funded semester of Alexander Muss High School in Israel. The applicants of this program endured a competitive application and interview process, and we are so proud to announce that four of the five Fellows this Spring are former Camp Judaea campers.

MIRIAM PANITCH, North Springs High Schoolimage1-6

Miriam attended Camp Judaea for seven summers and credits CJ with teaching and allowing her the space to be herself in any situation and find acceptance. The AMHSI semester will be Miriam’s fourth time in Israel, having been with her extended family to celebrate the Hadassah 100-Year National Convention, on a school trip, and for her brother’s Bar Mitzvah which will take place this winter. At Camp Judaea, Miriam most enjoyed learning from the Israeli Scouts and making pita, and she looks forward to delving deeper into understanding and experiencing Israeli culture. She enjoys attending school football games and spending time with her friends, but is very excited for the opportunity to meet new people and study in a different learning environment. She is confident that her upcoming semester in Israel will provide her with strong leadership skills and encourage her to continue forming her Jewish identity.

AMY KAPLAN, Allatoona High Schoolimage1-5

Amy is so excited for her first trip to Israel and has been dreaming of having this opportunity since her first summer at Camp Judaea. Each of her six summers spent at CJ began with her walking through the front gate knowing that she is home where she was accepted and celebrated, and she looks forward to being in a place where being Jewish is not considered “different” but rather “just a part of life.” This program appealed to Amy because of her passion for seeing the world, as the curriculum includes a significant amount of experiential teaching and learning. Before Amy embarks on her big journey, she will compete with her school’s drama troupe with their one-act rendition of The Miracle Worker at the state level. Her involvement with drama continues with Miss Firecracker which will keep her busy up until the day before she boards the plane to Israel! In the future, Amy hopes to travel the world and help people and animals.

BENJY NADOLNE, Alan C. Pope High School14713557_10154679193197888_2906603450951839557_n-1

Benjy, a soccer player and involved USY member, will travel to Israel for his third time. His first experience was with his 8th grade class while enrolled at The Davis Academy and the second being with his family after his sister’s Bat Mitzvah. Benjy spent two summers at Camp Judaea where he learned how to live and work with a team, developed confidence and maturity, and worked towards being independent and able to care for himself. His favorite CJ activity was Tzofim, scouts, during which he was exposed to how Israeli children and teens spend their time. For his upcoming semester in Israel, he is looking forward to the experiential aspect of the program; transferring what he learns in the classroom to the physical historical and cultural locations. Benjy aspires to work in the field of engineering or for AIPAC.

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During Alex’s four summers at Camp Judaea, she appreciated the time spent with the Israeli Scouts, as they brought a unique sense of personality to every peulah (activity) and entertained campers with hands-on activities and souvenirs to take home and cherish. In fact, Alex can still be seen wearing some of the Israeli Scouts T-shirts she received! Her experiences with the scouts at Camp Judaea made her “a little more brave.” Alex also loved the art program at CJ. She felt at home with the exceptional art staff and was inspired by the projects and the way they were tied to Judaism. Alex knows she will benefit from soaking up her entire AMHSI experience; however, she most looks forward to meeting new people and bonding with them over life-changing memories. Alex spends much of her time in music and the arts; she is a member of both concert and marching band where she plays the flute, piccolo, and the baritone. In addition to her love of music, she is also a writer and a member of SKALD at her school. Alex hopes to attend college in the mountains where she will study nursing, women’s studies, and psychology.

Michele Burger of Camp Judaea Receives Outstanding Board Leadership Award at National Camp Conference

This month, JCamp 180®, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), hosted more than 450 leaders from non-profit Jewish camps and other organizations during its 12th annual conference. During the event, top individuals and camps were honored for their growth in managing their daily operations and for their collective efforts in raising $90 million through HGF’s matching challenge grant campaigns to support Jewish children’s camps across the country.20_gmp10076

Michele Burger, was presented with the Outstanding Board Leadership Award for her significant contributions benefiting generations of Jewish children. Ms. Burger is the President of the Board of Directors of Camp Judaea, in Hendersonville, N.C.  During her term as President, the Camp Judaea board has strengthened its governance practices, revised its by-laws, recruited new executive leadership, developed and implemented a new strategic plan, and inspired new levels of philanthropy.  As a result of Michele’s commitment to strengthening the board, CJ’s enrollment has grown by over 50% and over $4 million has been raised in capital and scholarship campaigns.

“With this award, Ms. Burger joins a distinguished group of board leaders who have made significant contributions to the world of Jewish camps,” said JCamp 180® Director Mark Gold. “We are thrilled to have been able to recognize her contributions through this award.”

21_gmp10082To date, JCamp 180® has contributed more than $15 million in matching grant funds and $14 million in consulting services, which equates to more than 80,000 hours, for Jewish children’s overnight and day camps. The result: Jewish camps have raised another $225 million on their own to be used for capital improvements, expansions, and endowments, helping Jewish camp attendance grow from 43,000 in 2004 to 73,000 campers across the nation today.

Today, JCamp 180® serves 115 camps. The goal of the program is to engage Jewish camp leaders in utilizing best practices, helping them to grow attendance by improving their facilities, better using technology and social media, and raising funds for scholarships, capital improvements, and endowments. JCamp 180® staff work onsite with camp professional and lay leaders to help with board development, governance, strategic planning, alumni outreach, and other personalized organizational, recruitment, and fundraising initiatives. Participating camps take part in successive matching grant initiatives led by JCamp 180®.

“JCamp 180® has played a major role in transforming camps into more professional and sophisticated organizations,” says Gold. “This program has helped these non-profit Jewish camps raise more money in the last ten years than they had in the previous four decades, thereby enabling them to better compete with other non-profit and for-profit camps.”

During the 12th annual JCamp 180 Conference, participants took part in training sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and speaking programs geared to help non-profits better manage their operations. Speakers included Cara Greene Epstein, Steven Meyers, the author of Personalized Philanthropy: Crash the Fundraising Matrix, Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of Gann Academy in Waltham, MA and former Pomegranate Prize winner, and Peter Himmelman, the Emmy and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and author.  These speakers and dozens of workshop leaders led discussion on the conference theme “Open, Generous, and Connected.”  Other topics covered included fundraising, board development, strategic planning, enrollment, and technology.

About JCamp 180®:

JCamp 180® is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, located in Agawam, Massachusetts. JCamp 180® provides training and support to the Boards of Directors of non-profit Jewish overnight camps and selected educational institutions in the areas of Board Development, Strategic Planning, and Development. In addition to this Board support, JCamp 180®also provides these institutions with technology assistance ranging from Web-related services to donor databases and social media. For further information about JCamp 180®, visit