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Positive Relationship Between Canadian Jewish Social Service Agencies and Summer Camp

Jewish social service agencies in Canada play a role in encouraging the children of their clients to attend Jewish da...

Jewish social service agencies in Canada play a role in encouraging the children of their clients to attend Jewish day and overnight camps. Jewish Child and Family Service of Winnipeg fundraises specifically for the children in their care to be able to attend Jewish summer camps. In 2011 the agency spent nearly $25,000 on camping fees and related expenses for their foster children. Some of those funds are designated for one-to-one workers who help special needs children to have a successful camp experience. The agency also assists clients in paying for camping equipment such as sleeping bags and paddles for children attending Jewish day camps.

With generous funding from UJA Federation and some individual donors, JIAS Toronto sends over 100 Jewish children and youth to summer day camps, many of whom would otherwise not be able to experience this opportunity. In Ontario, Hamilton Jewish Social Services process "camperships" for the local Jewish camp and UJA Federation reimburses the camp to cover the cost of the camperships. In Calgary, Jewish Family Service help children attend Chabad camp with funds from private donors. Most Jewish camp goers in Calgary are subsidized by the Integrated Bursary Program. The community services program at Jewish Family Services of Edmonton has long served the function of assessing applicants for the Camp BB Riback and making recommendations to the camp director as to how much a family is able to pay. In Toronto, 330 children received camp subsidies in 2012 through Jewish Family & Child Service's summer camp program. This number includes 47 one-on-one workers who support children with special needs.

In addition to the obvious long-term benefits of children attending Jewish summer camps, there are short-term benefits such as respite for parents with special needs children and the opportunity to spend time running, swimming, playing and learning in our gorgeous natural environment and getting healthy! The very real prospect of decreased funding for these essential programs looms for all of us. Collectively, perhaps we can put out heads together and come up with some ideas to increase funding for these essential programs. Click here to learn more about Jewish summer camps and adult Jewish engagement.

A Continued Evolution in Jewish Peoplehood

[This essay is from The Peoplehood Papers, volume 8 - Nurturing Jewish Peoplehood in the 21st Century - What Should W...

[This essay is from The Peoplehood Papers, volume 8 - Nurturing Jewish Peoplehood in the 21st Century - What Should We Do Differently? - published by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education.]

In thinking about Jewish peoplehood in the 21st Century and comparing it to our past, there are several trends that clearly present themselves as major shifts in our community. Globalization, and the shrinking distance between cultures and countries along with the changing demographic trends of lifespan and stages, has deeply impacted the Jewish community. Although the core values and traditions of the Jewish people have stayed fairly consistent over the past few decades, the way that we connect and relate with one another has decidedly changed. As a result of this continual global evolution, the Jewish community must also adjust its approach to serving its constituents around the world. Despite a growing global population, the world is becoming a much smaller place. Whether considering online communication or increased travel, there is a permeating interconnectedness that is rapidly increasing, not just in person but also over the web. Further, demographic trends are shifting as people live longer and marry later than in previous generations, creating entirely new phases of life that provide a rich opportunity for promoting a deep and meaningful Jewish impact.

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to learn about the three major components to nurturing Jewish peoplehood that we should all take into consideration when examining the current state of the Jewish community and its potential future directions.

A Continued Evolution in Jewish Peoplehood, July 3, 2012, eJP, by David Cygelman

Service as a Medium and a Message

[This essay is from The Peoplehood Papers, volume 8 - Nurturing Jewish Peoplehood in the 21st Century - What Should W...

[This essay is from The Peoplehood Papers, volume 8 - Nurturing Jewish Peoplehood in the 21st Century - What Should We Do Differently? - published by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education.]

Over the last 25 years, leaders of immersive Jewish service-learning programs have made a discovery: these programs - designed first and foremost to offer authentic service to those in need - also powerfully catalyze diverse, purpose-driven Jewish communities. Through Jewish service programs, Jews from very different backgrounds come together, often far from their homes, with a shared purpose of serving others. As the volunteers spend time in a host community, learning about underlying challenges, lending a hand, and being inspired by the ability of those facing great challenges to craft their own solutions, they experience the power of community and set about building it for themselves.

Repair the World partners with a wide range of service programs including AJFCA. Together, AJFCA andRepair the World Repair the World are implementing a joint initiative on engaging young Jews in service to the community.  This article by Ilana Aisen, Vice President of Repair the World, offers an interesting perspective on Jewish service learning, illustrating the importance of involving the community in volunteer efforts in order to have a fully positive effect on those serving and those served. As Repair the World's work to build and inspire a movement to make service an integral part of North American Jewish life continues, we are excited about the many important outcomes of Jewish service-learning programs, including the strengthening of Jewish Peoplehood.

Read Ilana's entire article here.

Service as a Medium and a Message, June 24, 2012, eJP, by Ilana Aisen