Four URJ Camp Directors to Participate in Elite Training Program Foundation for Jewish Camping Launches New 18-Month Executive Leadership Institute
June 26, 2006 NEW YORK Four directors of Union for Reform Judaism camps have been chosen to be among the first 20 camp professionals to participate in a new elite training program from the Jewish Foundation for Jewish Camping.
The 18-month Executive Leadership Institute was established to provide seasoned professionals of non-profit residential Jewish camps with the business and leadership skills necessary in todays rapidly changing camp environment.
The URJ Camp directors chosen for the program are seasoned veterans of the Unions camping system. They are Louis Bordman of URJ Crane Lake Camp and Joseph Eisner Camp in Massachusetts, Bobby Harris of URJ Camp Coleman in Georgia, Jonathan Cohen of URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Mississippi and Dr. Ron Polster of URJ Camp George in Ontario, Canada. Over the next 18 months the group will travel across the continent to learn together and from each other best practices, educational models and executive management skills.
Our URJ camp directors are the reason that Union camps continue to be recognized among the top Jewish camps in North America, said Paul Reichenbach, Director of URJ Camping and Israel Programs. The Executive Leadership Institute experience will ensure that our camps remain in the forefront of creative and exciting Jewish living and learning.
The Union for Reform Judaism operates 12 camps and is planning on opening a 13th camp in Washington State in the summer of 2007. Each summer more than 9,000 children live and learn in a unique progressive Jewish environment at camp that incorporate learning, recreation and fun in a balanced program of Jewish living. Since the first URJ camp was established in 1951, Union camps have become the training ground for the next generation of Jewish leaders.
The Jewish Foundation for Camping strives to bring non-profit Jewish camping to the forefront of the Jewish community agenda. The Foundation created the Executive Leadership Institute in conjunction with the Center for Creative Leadership of Greensboro, NC. All expenses for travel and accommodations for Executive Leadership Institute will be covered in full by the Foundation for Jewish Camping.
The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC.