<p>The first national study of the long-term impact of Jewish camping, drawing on data from 26 U.S. population studies on adult Jewish engagement.&nbsp;The study takes the next step by exploring the long-term effectiveness of overnight Jewish summer camp in instilling Jewish commitment and thereby Jewish engagement. As the report shows, the childhood camp experience has a significant impact – in some respects a highly substantial impact – on adult Jewish practices and commitments.</p> <p>Download the report:</p> <p><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=811&amp;Itemid=577"><img border="0" src="/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" alt="icon" />&nbsp;Camp Works: The Long Term Impact of Jewish Overnight Camp (<span class="small">359.64 kB</span>)</a></p> ...

Publication Date2011
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<span>The Foundation for Jewish Camp is </span>an organization whose constituency consists of over 130 non-profit Jewish overnight summer camps in North America. It<span> is the only public organization dedicated solely to nonprofit Jewish overnight camps. Website includes links for research on Jewish camping, resource centers for Jewish camp directors and staff, and a resource library.<br /></span>

URLwww.jewishcamp.org/(0 visits)
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  • Organizations - Foundations

<span>A volume from the series <em>Israel in Our Lives</em>. <span>The goal of these guides is to: <ul> <li>help introduce the idea of Israel into the lives of your constituents in an interesting and accessible manner; and, to</li> <li>suggest ways to help promote the idea of a visit to Israel - the Israel Experience - as a critical Jewish experience for every young Jew.</li> </ul> <div>Download here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=736&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Israel in Jewish Summer Camps (<span class="small">202.72 kB</span>)</a></div> </span></span> ...

Publication Date1999
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  • Handbooks and Guides

<em>Yugntruf</em> (“call to youth” in Yiddish) cultivates the active use of the Yiddish language among today’s youth locally and globally by creating opportunities for Yiddish learning and immersion, and by providing resources and support for Yiddish speakers and families within an expansive social network.

URLyugntruf.org/home/(0 visits)
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  • Organizations
  • Databases and Resource Centers

An experiential curriculum designed to help middle school students understand the genocide in Darfur. Created by the American World Jewish Service, and co-sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Camping.<br />

Publication Date2007
Resource Type
  • Handbooks and Guides
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks - Jewish Values Curriculum
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks - Jewish History Curriculum

<div>At her bat mitzvah, my daughter stood before the congregation and explained that she deigned to live at home and go to school for ten months because she knew that, in return, she got to go to camp for two months. The former was payment for the latter. A true camper, she divides the year into the "two months" and the "ten months." Unfortunately, for many such children, Jewish life and learning exists almost exclusively during the two months. Is it feasible to bring the two months into the ten, to extend the Jewish possibilities of camp into the school year? Reprinted with permission from Contact, the Journal of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation, Winter 2008. Read the full issue at <a href="http://www.jewishlife.org/pdf/winter_2008.pdf">http://www.jewishlife.org/pdf/winter_2008.pdf</a>.<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=436 ...

Publication Date2008
Resource Type
  • Articles

<div>This study focuses on how camps educate Jewish children and how their potential to do so can be maximized. One of our goals was to map the landscape of Jewish residential camps and to understand the types of camp experiences available. A second goal was to understand how these camps, in addition to providing a full camp experience, also socialize young people as members of the Jewish community. Our surveys of staff and observations of camp life offer insight into how camps can powerfully affect the children, teens, and young adults who participate in them. In this report, we summarize findings from our research and, based on these data, offer seven recommendations for maximizing camp's influence on young Jews.<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=429&amp;Itemid=362" target="_blank"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/imag ...

Publication Date2002
Resource Type
  • Research Reports and Studies

With the goal of training the next generation of Jewish camp leaders, the Robert and Elisa Spungen Bildner Fellowship at Brandeis University will enable one graduate student per year to pursue a dual MA/MBA degree in Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis's Heller School for Social Policy and Management and at Hornstein: The Jewish Professional Leadership Program @ Brandeis. Robert and Elisa Spungen Bildner Fellows take courses in leadership and management of Jewish camping and are advised by a Hornstein faculty member with camping expertise. In addition to their academic coursework, Fellows will attend professional development opportunities offered by the Foundation, complete camp internships, and dedicate themselves to working at a Jewish camp in a leadership role for three years following graduation.

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  • Programs and Initiatives - Fellowships

Report 11 from the United Jewish Communities series on the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01. This report examines the Jewish education of today's Jewish children. It provides population estimates of how many Jewish children participate in various types of Jewish education, including formal schooling, informal experiences and early childhood programs. The report focuses on the association between parents' characteristics -- both demographic and Jewish -- and children's Jewish education. The findings show that parents' Jewish connections are strongly related to the type of Jewish education children are receiving, while parents' demographic characteristics are only moderately associated with children's Jewish education. A concluding section highlights key policy implications of the findings for the Jewish communal system.<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&am ...

Publication Date2005
Resource Type
  • Research Reports and Studies

The North American Jewish Data Bank is the central repository of social scientific studies of North American Jewry. The Data Bank’s primary functions are to (1) acquire, archive, and disseminate quantitative data sets and reports, both contemporary and historical and (2) encourage utilization of the archive through training and provide information about methods for studying Jewish communities. Our goal is to aid in understanding North American Jewish communities, and to improve the quality and utilization of research conducted about North American Jewry.

Resource Type
  • Research Reports and Studies
  • Research Reports and Studies - Statistics
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Datasets

This report from the Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership describes professional development efforts in Jewish education. It begins with a list of desirable and necessary features for effective professional development in education, then presents current professional development opportunities in Jewish education, describing them by sub-sector (i.e., camp, year-round informal education, Hillel, day school, congregational school, and Israel). In the final section, current offerings in the Jewish sector are viewed in light of the desiderata for professional development in order to find possibilities for future expansion and improvement.<br />

Resource Type
  • Research Reports and Studies

When What We Know about Jewish Education was first published in 1992, Stuart Kelman recognized that knowledge and understanding would greatly enhance the ability of professionals and lay leaders to address the many challenges facing Jewish education. With increased innovation, the entry of new funders, and the connection between Jewish education and the quality of Jewish life, research and evaluation have become, over the last two decades, an integral part of decision making, planning, programming, and funding.<br /> <br /> This new resource, What We NOW Know about Jewish Education, captures the essence of a field on the cusp of major change and growth as it turns toward research and evaluation for information, insight, affirmation, and inspiration. By bringing together the best thinkers and researchers from a cross section of disciplines and institutions, this new volume provides both ...

Publication Date2008
Resource Type
  • Books
  • Research Reports and Studies

In the fall of 2000, the Coalition established Learning for Life: An Informal Educational Initiative to provide resources to strengthen and expand traditional youth director positions and informal educational programming. With the help of private donors, an allocation from the Jewish Federation and a yearly grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, Learning for Life provides significant funding for five years (2000-2005) to seven local congregations, the Jewish Community Center and the University of Kansas Hillel.<br /> <br /> These resources also help ensure that informal Jewish education professionals are trained, knowledgeable and committed to working with adolescents and young adults. The initiative requires that grant recipients allocate a portion of funds to professional development.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />

Resource Type
  • Organizations - Central Agencies
  • Programs and Initiatives

An entertaining ethnographic study of how Jewish summer camps foster Jewish sensibilities and education.<br /> <br /> In the summer of 2000, social psychologists Amy L. Sales and Leonard Saxe spent several days at each of twenty Jewish summer camps located throughout the United States. They spoke to camp directors, counselors, and staff members, and they closely observed daily life, including Sabbath rituals. In addition to the ethnographic material gleaned from their participant-observation field study, the authors offer a national census of Jewish residential camps, organizational analyzes of camps, and social psychological surveys of the attitudes and motivations of the your adults who work at camps. Jewish camps are often divided into two classes, those that are considered &quot;educational camps&quot; and others that are presumably non-educational. However, the authors believe tha ...

Publication Date2004
Resource Type
  • Books

An article discussing how camp directors are working creatively to compete with the business world to attract and keep staff.

Publication Date2000
Resource Type
  • Articles

Website provide definitions of residential camp and other camping terms, links to camp organizations, research in the field of camping and camp philosophy.<br />

Resource Type
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Resource Centers
  • Reference

A short article by the author of &ldquo;How Goodly Are Thy Tents.&rdquo;&nbsp; Includes other references related to the theory of why camp &ldquo;works.&rdquo;<br />

Publication Date2004
Resource Type
  • Articles

Papers from Camp Research Symposium, sponsored by the American Camp Association.&nbsp; Academic research on camps and camping and the benefits of camping to children.<br /> <a href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=167&amp;Itemid=362" target="_blank" class="doclink"><img border="0" alt="icon" src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" />&nbsp;2004 Camp Research Symposium Papers (<span class="small">Link</span>)</a><br /> <a class="doclink" target="_blank" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=167&amp;Itemid=362"></a>

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  • Conference Papers

The site has valuable information including educational and professional development resources.<br /> <br /> The American Camp Association (formerly known as the American Camping Association) is a community of camp professionals who, for nearly 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Because of our diverse 7,000 plus membership and our exceptional programs, children and adults have the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living &mdash; lessons that can be learned nowhere else.<br />

URLwww.acacamps.org/(0 visits)
Resource Type
  • Organizations - National and International Organizations

Founded in 1935, Habonim Dror (the Builders of Freedom) is a Progressive Labor Zionist Youth movement whose missions are: To build a personal bond and commitment between North American Jewish youth and the State of Israel and to create Jewish leaders who will actualize the principles of social justice, equality, peace and coexistence in Israel and North America. Habonim Dror runs 7 summer camps across Canada and the United States, an Israel summer program, and a yearlong Israel program based on the pillars of Zionism, Judaism, Socialism, Social Justice and Self Actualization.

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  • Organizations
  • Programs and Initiatives

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