Lekhu Lakhem is a two-year Jewish education and mentoring program for overnight camp directors. The program prepares them to see themselves as Jewish educational leaders through exploring issues of educational philosophy, Jewish vision and educational leadership in multi-day seminars, text-based discussion sessions, individual mentoring, and a two-week seminar in Israel. All subjects are examined within the context of their camps and the issues that directors face in the course of their work.
Developed by the Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA) with the first two cohorts comprised of JCC camp directors, the program includes representation from independent camps as well as JCC camps in its third cohort due to a groundbreaking partnership between JCCA and the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC).
Following the success and enthusiasm of the first cohort of Lekhu Lakhem directors in 2004, AVI CHAI enabled the formation of an alumni program called Hemshekh: A Program of Continuing Jewish Learning and Growth. Hemshekh Fellows participate in ongoing Jewish learning and educational mentoring, as well as two seminars in North America.
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