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November 1, 2014 | 8th Cheshvan 5775

Reform Movement Selects 25 Camp Leaders and 25 Congregations for Service Corps to Engage Jewish Youth


Contact:
Lisa David
212-650-4078
Ldavid@urj.org


October 7, 2013, New York, NY – The camping movement of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced recently the selection of 25 camp staff members and 25 host congregations for their
year-round URJ Service Corps program.

The URJ Service Corps program engages young camp staff and alumni to apply their experience, talents, and skills to create experiential, camp-style programming for families and youth in synagogue communities around the country. Working in partnership with the National Ramah Commission, the program seeks, over three years, to have a total of 80 young adult educators engaged in part-time youth leadership roles in Conservative and Reform communities throughout North America, working actively to recruit for camp and to help energize the communities they serve through innovative, inspiring, and immersive Jewish programming.

The URJ Service Corps initiative builds upon the successful model of the Ramah Service Corps, funded by the Foundation for Jewish Camp and begun in 2010 with support from a Covenant Foundation Ignition Grant. Ramah and the URJ Camps share administration, logistical and developmental aspects of the program, while maintaining individual supervision over their own Service Corps participants. 

The first cohort of Service Corps fellows include:

Camp Coleman

Arielle

Johnson

Camp Coleman

Kara

Hoffman

Crane Lake Camp

Sarah

Levkoff

Eisner Camp

Sarah

Gurvis

Camp George

Rebekah

Houpt

Goldman Union-Camp Institute

Alec

Lybik

Goldman Union-Camp Institute

Josh

Kleymeyer

Goldman Union-Camp Institute

Michael

Levy

Greene Family Camp

Jennifer

Luskey

Greene Family Camp

Samantha

Berezowsky

Greene Family Camp

Sarah Beth

Gordon

Camp Harlam

Jillian

Cogan

Camp Harlam

Marnie

Lang

Camp Harlam

Beryl

Trauth-Jurman

Camp Harlam

Caitlin

Brazner

Camp Harlam

Jillian

Comer

Jacobs Camp

Julia

Solomon

Jacobs Camp

Nicole

Mackey

Camp Kalsman

Megan

Brumer

Camp Newman

Brandon

Brown

Camp Newman

Brandon

Binder

Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute

Micah

Brandhandler

Kutz Camp

Jacob

Levine

Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute

Benjamin

Goldberg

Want to learn more about the fellows? Check out their Service Corps Bios.

Fellows must have spent a minimum of two summers working at a URJ Camp and will be encouraged to work at a URJ Camp in summer 2014. Fellows will work a minimum of four hours weekly at a host synagogue organizing URJ Camps-style programs, creating opportunities for young URJ Camps alumni in local communities to connect, reaching out to prospective URJ Camps families, maintaining relationships with current URJ Camp families in the synagogue, and assisting with local URJ Camps recruitment efforts.  Each Fellow will be mentored by an experienced Jewish professional and will participate in training sessions via webinar and at a conference at Ramah California in January 2014.

“These 25 exceptional leaders and congregations will lead the way in engaging communities in camp-style experiential learning," said URJ Director of Camping and Israel Programs Paul Reichenbach. "And Service Corps participants will be more likely to continue down their career paths in the Jewish community – providing us with excellent leaders for the future.”

Twenty-five host synagogues were also selected for the program
including:

Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Jacksonville, FL

Tree of Life Congregation

Columbia, SC

Temple Israel

New York City

Temple Shir Tikva

Wayland, MA

Temple Anshe Sholom

Hamilton, ON, Canada

Temple Shir Shalom

West Bloomfield, Michigan

Isaac M. Wise Temple

Cincinnati, Ohio

Rockdale Temple

Cincinnati, OH

Temple Beth Shalom

Austin, Texas

Temple Sinai

Houston, TX

Temple Israel

Tulsa, OK

Adath Emanu-El

Mt Laurel, NJ

Temple David

Monroeville, PA

Northen Virginia Hebrew Congregation

Reston, VA

Temple Micah

Washington, DC

Temple Sinai

Washington DC

Temple Emanu-El

Birmingham, AL

Temple Israel

Memphis, TN

Temple Beth Am

Seattle, WA

Congregation Rodef Sholom

San Rafael, CA

Congregation Shomrei Torah

Santa Rosa, CA

Lakeside Congregation

Highland Park, IL

Temple Beth Emeth

Ann Arbor, MI

Temple Beth Israel

Skokie Illinois

These congregations have appointed a supervisor for each Fellow, to provide ongoing support for the work they will be doing within the congregation and community. All of our Service Corps Fellows are mentored by professional youth educators in the field. In addition to the training provided to the Fellows, the program will bring together the host congregations to create a “community of practice” through which they can share best practices in the field. Synagogues also agreed to provide $2,500 in scholarship funds for campers to attend URJ Camps. The URJ Camps will provide a matching grant of $2,500.

For more information, visit:
http://www.urjcamps.org/servicecorps/

 

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