AVI CHAI concluded its general grant making on December 31, 2019.


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 is 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. Hiddur is a project of the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), funded by AVI CHAI, the Maimonides Fund and the Jim Joseph Foundation. The program employs senior Jewish educators as coaches over a three-year process to help senior professionals, program staff, and key lay leaders at camp to learn to maximize the Jewish outcomes they seek for their campers and staff. Eight camps are participating in a pilot program begun in 2015.

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