The Hiddur Initiative is a new project of the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), funded by AVI CHAI, the Maimonides Fund and the Jim Joseph Foundation, aimed at helping camps become more effective at delivering Jewish educational experiences to their campers and staff in ways that align with each camp’s unique Jewish mission.
In recent years, an increasing number of camps are taking their educational mandate more seriously by strengthening Judaic programming. Building on this receptivity by the field, the Hiddur Initiative will help the eight camps in the first cohort to execute strategies for achieving systemic growth in Jewish experiential education offered at camp. Working over three years with a seasoned organizational coach and Jewish educator, senior professionals, program staff, and key lay leaders will learn to enhance their organization’s ability to transmit Jewish values, culture, and traditions in line with their camps’ missions, helping to maximize the Jewish outcomes they seek for their campers and staff.
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