For the Love of Camp

Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) convenes Board of Directors Meeting in Montreal 

Federation CJA (FCJA) welcomed the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) to Quebec from July 7 to 9, 2014, playing host to the FJC’s Board of Directors meeting. Federation CJA was honored to have Montreal chosen as the destination for this year’s meeting, where one of the goals of the board meeting was to bring together the Montreal area Jewish community, industry leaders, and national philanthropists to honour the work being done by FCJA’s Generations Fund Camp Initiative to foster a strong camp culture within the Jewish community.

“We know Jewish camp builds strong Jewish communities and a more vibrant Jewish future,” said Jeremy J. Fingerman, CEO, Foundation for Jewish Camp.  “We are grateful to have partners like Federation CJA who understand this and support initiatives which enable more children to benefit from transformative experiences at camp.”

During their visit, the FJC Board of Directors traveled to four of Montreal’s participating Jewish camps – Camp B’nai Brith (CBB), Camp Massad, Camp Kinneret, and the Harry Bronfman Y Country Camp (YCC)— and attended an intimate cocktail reception at the home of the Chair of Federation CJA’s Generations Fund Camping Initiative, Martin Schwartz, and his wife Sondra.

“I am deeply committed to Jewish overnight camping,” explained Chair of Federation CJA’s Generations Fund Camping Initiative, Martin Schwartz, “because I believe—and all statistics prove—that summers at Jewish overnight camp turn young Jewish people into spirited and engaged adults, laying the groundwork for a strong, vibrant Jewish community. “

The Montreal Jewish community has benefited greatly from a close partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, an organization dedicated solely to Jewish overnight camping in North America. Every year, the FJC serves over 155 non-profit Jewish overnight camps, 75,000 campers and 11,000 counselors in the United States and Canada. They have been instrumental in providing leadership, expertise, and matching funds for local camping initiatives, including the One Happy Camper program, which provides incentive grants of $1000 for children attending Jewish overnight camp for the first time. Through this program, over 800 Montreal children have benefitted from a summer at a Jewish overnight camp since it was launched in 2011.

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