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Sunday, May 21
 

2:00pm

Arrival, Registration, & Snack
Sunday May 21, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
TBD

2:00pm

Arrival, Registration, & Snack
Sunday May 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
TBD

2:30pm

Meet Your Advisor
Sunday May 21, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
TBD

3:15pm

Camproom 1
Sunday May 21, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
TBD

4:30pm

Opening Program & Cornerstone Overview
Sunday May 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBD

6:10pm

Dinner
Sunday May 21, 2017 6:10pm - 7:00pm
Dining Hall

7:15pm

Zoom Out: Big Picture
Fellows will begin to understand their Camp within the context of the field. Camp Cohorts (Fellows & their Liaison) will be placed into heterogeneous groupings in large rooms. They will explore pieces of their Camp identity and, by sharing with others and hearing about others, they will gain a deeper understanding of what makes their Camp unique.

Advisors
avatar for Seth Braunstein

Seth Braunstein

Rabbi Seth grew up going to Jewish summer camp. With his passion for informal Jewish education, he has traveled extensively working for many Jewish communities around the world. For the last ten years he has directed The Szarvas Fellowships program in Hungary bringing pluralistic groups of North American high school students to Camp Szarvas, the largest international Jewish camp. He currently serves as a coach for new summer programs that are part of the New York Teen Initiative (affiliated with the Jewish Education Project), UJA, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. In the past he has served in a variety of Rabbinical and educational positions at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Jonah works with schools, summer camps and community organization to develop curriculum, train and coach staff, build community, and institute change initiatives. Jonah specializes in responding to conflict, group development, restorative practices, building rituals, and supporti... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Brett has over fifteen years of youth development experience as a supervisor, mentor, trainer, and therapist. Prior to his work as a trainer, Brett served as a Program Manager at Harlem RBI, a unique program that uses teamwork to teach and inspire low-income youth to reach their potential. He also served as the Senior Program Director at Roads to Success where he oversaw all after-school programming serving over 800 children and spent two summers as a Camp Director with Oasis... Read More →
avatar for Briana Holtzman

Briana Holtzman

Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world in 2007 as the founding Associate Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA. Briana is an alumna of the first cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program, a FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, and a Ruskay Fellow through UJA-Federation of New... Read More →
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Sunday May 21, 2017 7:15pm - 8:45pm
TBD

8:50pm

Meet & Greet for Educators & Liaisons
Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2017 8:50pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:50pm

Optional Evening Prayers
Sunday May 21, 2017 8:50pm - 9:15pm
TBD

9:20pm

Song & Dance Session
Sunday May 21, 2017 9:20pm - 10:00pm
Theater

10:00pm

Shuttle for Fellows
Sunday May 21, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
TBD
 
Monday, May 22
 

7:00am

Shuttle for Fellows
Monday May 22, 2017 7:00am - 8:15am
TBD

7:30am

Optional Morning Prayers
Monday May 22, 2017 7:30am - 8:00am
TBD

8:00am

Breakfast
Monday May 22, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
Dining Hall

9:00am

#Tefillah Track: What’s Inside, On The Outside

When you post on social media, you’re inviting people into your mind and your life. When you teach #Tefillah, you’re trying to invite your camp community into your mind and your (Jewish) life. Using social media, your inner spark, and some creativity, learn over three sessions how to take what’s inside and share it with who’s outside! Identify what matters to you about prayer and why, which parts you most want to fine tune and share at camp, and develop how you’ll share #Tefillah this coming summer.

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Connecting with Every Camper through Art
In this track, you will learn how to build cabin unity using Play-Doh sculpture, how to get even the least artsy campers to have a blast playing in the artroom, and how to help campers meaningfully transform Tefillah into the form of a cuddly felt stuffy.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Inclusion and Disabilities
The word "inclusion" is everywhere these days, but what does it mean at camp? In this track, you will develop a toolkit for creating an environment that welcomes and embraces all campers and counselors of all abilities, and celebrates the uniqueness of each individual. You will use your own experiences with difference to develop your voice as an advocate and an ally, and explore how to best empower each individual to have a full and meaningful camp experience.

Educators
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Israeli Culture Unplugged
What is the connection between food, Pinterest, and board games? They are exciting ways to bring Israeli programs to camp, in out-of-the-box creative ways. You will make and eat Israeli food, discuss hot topics, reimagine the use of Social Media in an unplugged style, and be challenged to win the Israeli version of the popular game Settlers of Catan. Come and play with us!

Educators
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Israeli Dance
You don't have to know a dance to do a dance! Are you graceful? Are you awkward? Somewhere in between? Israeli dance is accessible and energetic and fun...and is specifically built that way. Regardless of your skill level (or lack thereof) come learn the what, the why, and the how of Israeli dance, including all the other things you can secretly learn (and teach!) while doing it.

Educators
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

M³ (Making Meaningful Moments)
All learning comes from experience, but not all experiences lead to learning. What makes the difference between an experience that leads to meaning and one that just falls flat, or worse, leads to misunderstanding? This specialty track will help you develop a theory of experiential education and concrete tools that will enable you to create meaningful experiences for your campers that lead to learning that lasts (a.k.a awesome programs!).

Educators
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Natural Energy in Wilderness
Energy flows through the natural world in both perceptible and imperceptible waves. In this track we will explore the energy found in wilderness (bamidbar). Questions we will consider include: 1. Where and how can we feel the natural energy that flows through wilderness? 2. How can we harness this natural energy and help our campers fall in love with the natural world? and 3. How can nature help us and our campers connect to something bigger?

Educators
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Sacredness, Sacrifice & Choice: Using Spoken Word Poetry to Talk About Identity at Camp
Camp can be the ultimate testing ground for exploring identity and cultivating the stories that bind you, your colleagues, and your campers to camp. In this track, you will learn how you and your campers can use spoken word poetry as a tool for sharing your stories and truths, while turning writing into a sacred ritual act. You also will experience and learn how spoken word poetry and performance – and bringing the page to the stage – can be an equally sacred space at camp for safety, opportunity, and empowerment.

Educators
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Social Justice
We know that Jewish tradition tells us to welcome the stranger. But what does that mean, especially in times that call us to knit together in real solidarity? In this series of sessions, we'll explore programming that pushes us to see more deeply through others' experiences, to work harder to build genuinely inclusive and accessible spaces, to ask how we can best have each others' backs, and to learn how the Jewish community has stood up with and for other communities for justice over time - and how we can do so now.

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Team Building and Group Dynamics
The true magic of camp does not come from its facilities. It comes from its people. The core of a successful summer for anyone - camper or staff - is a feeling of belonging and being a valued member of the team, on a bunk level, unit level, and camp-wide level. In this track you will learn about how to build a sense of team and family. You will walk out of this track with a treasure trove of ice breakers, team games, and a passion to make it happen!

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

The Art & Science of Songleading
Singing together has been scientifically proven to make people happier -- camp is all the proof you need! Over three sessions, you will learn how to craft meaningful MUSICAL moments at camp, gain new repertoire, and build the skills to strengthen your singing communities at home. Instruments welcome, but no previous songleading or musical experience necessary.

Educators
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Theater: Massaging the Tight Spots
2017 is a year filled with difficult conversations. NOW is the time to come together to hear each other, to question each other, and to work through the tight spots. You will play with actor/playwright Jon Adam Ross, founding artist of The In[heir]itance Project, to explore difficult conversations through a theater process inspired by his work in Charleston, S.C. Check out http://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/the-rebecca-play/article_5a424d99-b14e-574b-b024-832cdc74ef46.html

Educators
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Working with Young Campers
Experience what it's like to be a kid again! Through imaginative play, games, and activities that can be brought back to camp, you will explore how to address the specific needs of young campers (under 10-years-old). You will learn effective communication tools and discover how to create the most meaningful experiences that leave a positive impact beyond camp.

Educators
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBD

9:00am

Camproom Advisory Groups
Advisors
avatar for Seth Braunstein

Seth Braunstein

Rabbi Seth grew up going to Jewish summer camp. With his passion for informal Jewish education, he has traveled extensively working for many Jewish communities around the world. For the last ten years he has directed The Szarvas Fellowships program in Hungary bringing pluralistic groups of North American high school students to Camp Szarvas, the largest international Jewish camp. He currently serves as a coach for new summer programs that are part of the New York Teen Initiative (affiliated with the Jewish Education Project), UJA, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. In the past he has served in a variety of Rabbinical and educational positions at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Jonah works with schools, summer camps and community organization to develop curriculum, train and coach staff, build community, and institute change initiatives. Jonah specializes in responding to conflict, group development, restorative practices, building rituals, and supporti... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Brett has over fifteen years of youth development experience as a supervisor, mentor, trainer, and therapist. Prior to his work as a trainer, Brett served as a Program Manager at Harlem RBI, a unique program that uses teamwork to teach and inspire low-income youth to reach their potential. He also served as the Senior Program Director at Roads to Success where he oversaw all after-school programming serving over 800 children and spent two summers as a Camp Director with Oasis... Read More →
avatar for Briana Holtzman

Briana Holtzman

Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world in 2007 as the founding Associate Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA. Briana is an alumna of the first cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program, a FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, and a Ruskay Fellow through UJA-Federation of New... Read More →
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 9:00am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

A Time to Dance
Enough talking, let's dance. In this session you'll learn a handful of the simple and fun dances that Jews in other camps, communities, and countries all love, along with tricks for remembering and teaching them.

Educators
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Blast from the Past: Adventure in Jewish Time Travel
The characters from long ago will leap off the pages of history to make our Jewish past more real, vivid and unforgettable. Learn to use theater, acting, and visual art games to bring the Torah alive! You will find ways to connect to your heritage no matter your personal level of Jewish education. No prior art or acting background needed – just bring an open mind!

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Body Image With a Jewish Lens: A Writing Workshop
Is there pressure to look or act a certain way at camp? In this interactive writing workshop, you will engage in a conversation about the intersection of body image and Jewish identity at camp and beyond. You will write your own poetry and learn how to use writing and performance as tools for yourself and your campers to grow more secure with regard to body and identity. No previous writing experience is necessary!

Educators
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Breaking Out of the Gender Box
In many ways, camp is a place where you can be your best self. But even camp isn't free from the pressures and expectations often stemming from gender and gender norms. In this session, you will explore your own personal experiences with gender at camp and gain tools to express your stories with confidence and comfort. Using personal narratives, storytelling techniques, and Jewish text, you'll develop tools to facilitate a space for campers to express their fullest selves, and in turn inspire your wider camp community and culture.

Educators
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Cry It Out: When You Literally Can't Even With Suffering
In today’s media landscape, there is a tremendous amount of literature that could help you deal with the bad things that happen in our lives. Crying it out is a popular concept, seen in everything from memes to movies. In this session, we’re going to spend some time dissecting some of the sadder things out in media in recent years. We’ll think about how it’ll help us be better co-staff, better counselors, and better people. Who better than Baymax (Big Hero 6), Hazel Grace and Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars), Mia Hall (If I Stay), and “Teens React To…” to help us grapple with the culture of “grief porn” that is so prevalent in young adult literature and movies today?

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Culture & Famous Jews!
From famous musicians, politicians, artists, actors, and philosophers, Jews have contributed so much to culture around the world. Learn about these Jewish figures and their cultural contributions through games, music, and art making. Some are sure to surprise you!

Educators
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Don't Speak: A Nonverbal Workshop
You can change the world without a word. In this session you will accomplish tasks without any verbal instruction and experience nonverbal communication as an alternative teaching tool.

Educators
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Finding Art in Nature
We will go hunting for awe-inspiring beauty in the natural world and use simple tools and techniques to capture these moments in artwork. You will see how easy it can be to help kids make amazing art that they will want to bring home as a reminder of the wonders of your camp.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Invest in You: Personality Games and Visions
Do you want to learn more about yourself? To discover cool ways to reveal interesting facts about your friends? To explore how personal growth relates to Judaism and what can we do to improve our performance at camp and in life? You will be introduced to the newest tricks and models from the world of positive psychology that will help you to invest in you, your peers, and your campers.

Educators
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Nature on Your Brain?
Do you feel better when you are in nature? Is nature a sanctuary where you find respite and refuge? What has 100,000 years of living in nature done to us? Can nature have a benefit for humans outside of just the physical beauty it provides us? In this session we will explore the new sciences behind our connections to nature. These questions will help us ask a final question: How can we utilize nature at camp to work with our campers?

Educators
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Smells Like Teen Spirit: Not Just a Deodorant
We were all teenagers once, so we're experts, right? Unfortunately, being a teenager only helps us understand some aspects of teenagerhood. In this session, you will explore some of the hallmarks of teenage development and how they affect programming, discipline, and social interactions as well as help us understand the tears that sometimes get shed over the course of a summer.

Educators
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

The Emotional Bank Account
Have you filled someone's bucket today? No, I'm not being literal. In this elective, you will explore how the Emotional Bank Account (from Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) is a powerful concept that can strengthen your personal and professional relationships - at camp, at school, wherever you are. And yes, we will play with buckets of water.

Educators
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

10:45am

Unpacking My Jewish Baggage
What do you carry in your Jewish baggage? Have you ever felt "too Jewish" or "not Jewish enough"? Have you ever felt resentful or guilty or disconnected? Have you ever considered that this baggage might be the key to your own specific Jewish educator superpower? In this session, we'll dig into what makes your own unique Jewish perspective so special and how unpacking that baggage can help you figure that out (plus, how you can build an environment for your campers to get to do that too)!

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
TBD

12:30pm

Lunch
Monday May 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Dining Hall

1:20pm

Optional Afternoon Prayers
Monday May 22, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm
TBD

1:20pm

Free Time
Monday May 22, 2017 1:20pm - 2:30pm
TBA

2:40pm

Don't Call it a Conflict...
Camp can sometimes be an incredibly intense and stressful environment. Each hour feels like a day, each day a week, and a full summer can make even a twenty year old counselor's hair go gray. In all of that intensity we know one thing for sure: Conflict will happen. You can't avoid it.  When we are aware of what our conflicts are rooted in, we are more capable of navigating our way through them.  In this session we will explore our own triggers and how they drive our conflict styles.  We will gain strategies to help us manage these triggers and skillfully respond to conflict head on.

Advisors
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Jonah works with schools, summer camps and community organization to develop curriculum, train and coach staff, build community, and institute change initiatives. Jonah specializes in responding to conflict, group development, restorative practices, building rituals, and supporti... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Every Rose Has Its Thorn(s): Tips for Leading Difficult Groups
Even the best intentioned people have a bad day, but what happens when you're leading a group and those challenging behaviors start to take you off track? Explore tips and techniques for great facilitation when "devil's advocate Daniel", "chatty Charlene", and "quiet Shai" are all in your group.
*names changed to protect the frustrating

Advisors
avatar for Briana Holtzman

Briana Holtzman

Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world in 2007 as the founding Associate Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA. Briana is an alumna of the first cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program, a FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, and a Ruskay Fellow through UJA-Federation of New... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Facilitating Jewish Conversations
This will be an experiential session. As a group we will work on modeling various Jewish conversations and talk about the values and goals of such a conversation. This session will help you identify what you are more and less comfortable with when it comes to “Jewish” conversations and provide some tools to fill those gaps.
Note: There is no prior Jewish text knowledge needed for this session, just a passion and excitement for exploring this topic.

Advisors
avatar for Seth Braunstein

Seth Braunstein

Rabbi Seth grew up going to Jewish summer camp. With his passion for informal Jewish education, he has traveled extensively working for many Jewish communities around the world. For the last ten years he has directed The Szarvas Fellowships program in Hungary bringing pluralistic groups of North American high school students to Camp Szarvas, the largest international Jewish camp. He currently serves as a coach for new summer programs that are part of the New York Teen Initiative (affiliated with the Jewish Education Project), UJA, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. In the past he has served in a variety of Rabbinical and educational positions at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Making & Maintaining a Terrific Team Culture
As leaders we all work to build strong teams among our Fellows, and camp communities as a whole. Connected and collaborative fellows tend to be more enthusiastic about their Cornerstone responsibilities and invested in bringing a positive impact to camp. Maintaining that energy and teamwork can be challenging over the course of a long summer. In this session we will participate in a variety of fun and purposeful teambuilding activities that can easily be brought back to camp and used with your Fellows and entire staff.

Advisors
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Brett has over fifteen years of youth development experience as a supervisor, mentor, trainer, and therapist. Prior to his work as a trainer, Brett served as a Program Manager at Harlem RBI, a unique program that uses teamwork to teach and inspire low-income youth to reach their potential. He also served as the Senior Program Director at Roads to Success where he oversaw all after-school programming serving over 800 children and spent two summers as a Camp Director with Oasis... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Spin It!: Hebrew
This is a program alongside Fellows. Ever wonder about your options when you are creating programs in your camp? What are some different ways to shape the same idea to get the most out of it? “Spin It!” will show you three different creative approaches to implementing the same content/theme.
Spin It! will also introduce you to a common program development framework and create shared language that will be instrumental in Action Plan development and very useful in any future activity planning.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Spin It!: Shabbat
This is a program alongside Fellows. Ever wonder about your options when you are creating programs in your camp? What are some different ways to shape the same idea to get the most out of it? “Spin It!” will show you three different creative approaches to implementing the same content/theme.
Spin It! will also introduce you to a common program development framework and create shared language that will be instrumental in Action Plan development and very useful in any future activity planning.

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Spin It!: Torah
This is a program alongside Fellows. Ever wonder about your options when you are creating programs in your camp? What are some different ways to shape the same idea to get the most out of it? “Spin It!” will show you three different creative approaches to implementing the same content/theme.
Spin It! will also introduce you to a common program development framework and create shared language that will be instrumental in Action Plan development and very useful in any future activity planning.

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Spin It!: Tzedakah
This is a program alongside Fellows. Ever wonder about your options when you are creating programs in your camp? What are some different ways to shape the same idea to get the most out of it? “Spin It!” will show you three different creative approaches to implementing the same content/theme.
Spin It! will also introduce you to a common program development framework and create shared language that will be instrumental in Action Plan development and very useful in any future activity planning.

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Spin It!: Hebrew
Ever wonder about your options when you are creating programs in your camp? What are some different ways to shape the same idea to get the most out of it? “Spin It!” will show you three different creative approaches to implementing the same content/theme.
Spin It! will also introduce you to a common program development framework and create shared language that will be instrumental in Action Plan development and very useful in any future activity planning.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Spin It!: Shabbat
Ever wonder about your options when you are creating programs in your camp? What are some different ways to shape the same idea to get the most out of it? “Spin It!” will show you three different creative approaches to implementing the same content/theme.
Spin It! will also introduce you to a common program development framework and create shared language that will be instrumental in Action Plan development and very useful in any future activity planning.

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Spin It!: Torah
Ever wonder about your options when you are creating programs in your camp? What are some different ways to shape the same idea to get the most out of it? “Spin It!” will show you three different creative approaches to implementing the same content/theme.
Spin It! will also introduce you to a common program development framework and create shared language that will be instrumental in Action Plan development and very useful in any future activity planning.

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:40pm

Spin It!: Tzedakah
Ever wonder about your options when you are creating programs in your camp? What are some different ways to shape the same idea to get the most out of it? “Spin It!” will show you three different creative approaches to implementing the same content/theme.
Spin It! will also introduce you to a common program development framework and create shared language that will be instrumental in Action Plan development and very useful in any future activity planning.

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 2:40pm - 4:15pm
TBD

4:30pm

Camproom 2
Monday May 22, 2017 4:30pm - 6:15pm
TBD

6:30pm

Dinner
Monday May 22, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dining Hall

7:35pm

Optional Evening Prayers
Monday May 22, 2017 7:35pm - 7:55pm
TBD

8:00pm

'Wrestling' With Israel
Many Jews (including professional Jewish educators) have complicated relationships with Israel. Join us to build better skills for engaging in real conversation about varying opinions of and connections to Israel, and we'll become better equipped to bring that range and perspective into how we learn and teach. In this session, you'll be able to share your own perspective, hear from others, consider other approaches to key questions, and work on how to best make space for a variety of points of view.

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Best. Program. Ever.
Stop reading off the program plan! Your content is rich and important, but if you don't present it well - no one will know. In this workshop you'll learn tricks and tools for getting the message across, facilitating great discussions, and keeping your group engaged and excited.

Educators
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →

Advisors
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Brett has over fifteen years of youth development experience as a supervisor, mentor, trainer, and therapist. Prior to his work as a trainer, Brett served as a Program Manager at Harlem RBI, a unique program that uses teamwork to teach and inspire low-income youth to reach their potential. He also served as the Senior Program Director at Roads to Success where he oversaw all after-school programming serving over 800 children and spent two summers as a Camp Director with Oasis... Read More →
avatar for Briana Holtzman

Briana Holtzman

Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world in 2007 as the founding Associate Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA. Briana is an alumna of the first cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program, a FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, and a Ruskay Fellow through UJA-Federation of New... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

C’mon Baby, Light Our Fire
This session will teach you how to enrich your bonfire repertoire with powerful content and experiences. Together you will learn how to build your bonfire, both physically and spiritually, celebrate a bonfire experience through Jewish story, song and meditation, and share your bonfire culture with the group and take back new embers.

Educators
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Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →
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Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →

Event Staff
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Sidney Usem

Sidney has been a lifetime camper and staff member at Herzl Camp in Webster, WI. He starting going to Herzl at back in 2001 and has now been there for 15 summers. During this time, Sidney has attended and staffed just about every program in camp! Sidney recently started working Herzl Camp full time as the Operations and Programming Assistant and is thrilled to be working for Herzl year round. He is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in the Sociology of Law Criminology... Read More →

Advisors
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Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

How Not to Be a Schmuck: Attitude and Skills for Service (& Beyond)
When we enter new spaces through volunteering - at camp, or anywhere in life - it can be hard to balance your curiosity about a new community without being a burden. Explore Jewish wisdom about being a guest, and learn the basics of cultural humility and community asset mapping - two skills that will help you not be a schmuck. (Presented by Repair the World)

Other Presenters
avatar for Sam Sittenfield

Sam Sittenfield

After two years as a Repair the World Fellow in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn, Sam Sittenfield now serves as a Program Associate at Repair the World's national office, working on national campaigns, training, and education.  Sam grew up in the Western Suburbs of Philadelphia, going to... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBA

8:00pm

I Swear to God I Don't Believe in God!
There are many exciting ideas about what God is or whether God is – and you have an important place in this ongoing conversation! Using games, discussion, and texts from many perspectives, join us to explore how you can and do live an authentic and engaged Jewish life with your evolving conceptions of God.

FJC Staff
avatar for Teri McGuire

Teri McGuire

Teri joined the FJC team as a Program Assistant. The granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, Teri was raised to take pride in her Judaism and contribute strongly to the community around her. She strengthened her Jewish identity through her involvement in United Synagogue You... Read More →
avatar for Kate O'Brien

Kate O'Brien

Kate is excited to join the FJC team as the Director of Education, where she will provide Jewish educational insight, direction, and coaching for the breadth of FJC’s programs. Before FJC, Kate served as the Director of Education, Innovation, and Organizing at The Workmen’s Circl... Read More →

Advisors
avatar for Seth Braunstein

Seth Braunstein

Rabbi Seth grew up going to Jewish summer camp. With his passion for informal Jewish education, he has traveled extensively working for many Jewish communities around the world. For the last ten years he has directed The Szarvas Fellowships program in Hungary bringing pluralistic groups of North American high school students to Camp Szarvas, the largest international Jewish camp. He currently serves as a coach for new summer programs that are part of the New York Teen Initiative (affiliated with the Jewish Education Project), UJA, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. In the past he has served in a variety of Rabbinical and educational positions at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Jewish Ninja Warriors!
You’re a camp legend: it's your winning goal during the staff/camper soccer game, your crowd-pleasing shtick the last night of camp when you were 12, and that time you led an impromptu Ziben Ziben when it hadn’t stopped raining in days. All these show your dedication in body, heart, and mind. You're a Jewish Ninja Warrior: ready for all the physical challenges laced with the mysteries of Kabbalah, the Torah, and, of course, a brilliant Horah. For this program you will need a swimsuit and a brave heart because you're going in the pool. Mayim, mayim b'sasson! (Note: this is a co-ed activity.)

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →

Event Staff
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Julia Laibstain

Julia is thrilled to be a part of the Cornerstone 2017 Event Team. Cornerstone holds a very special place in her heart; serving as a Cornerstone Fellow in 2015 with the rest of the Capital Camps cohort ranks at the top of her fondest camp memories. She is now paying it forward by... Read More →

Advisors
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Religion and Politics: A Conversation amongst Friends
You are invited to join a conversation about showing up Jewishly in this moment. In this program, three of Cornerstone’s faculty will share diverse perspectives on how their Jewish lens informs their sense of responsibility as agents of change in the world today. You will be invited into the conversation as well, through your own stories and passions. This will be a space where we model and practice disagreement that reflects mutual respect and support.

Educators
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →

Advisors
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Jonah Canner

Jonah works with schools, summer camps and community organization to develop curriculum, train and coach staff, build community, and institute change initiatives. Jonah specializes in responding to conflict, group development, restorative practices, building rituals, and supporti... Read More →
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Serving Up Your Values: Food Choices, Animal Ethics, and Torah as Empowerment
In this interactive workshop, you will investigate meaningful ways to align your food choices with your values. You will gain tools for applying traditional Jewish insights to contemporary communal life through the lens of Jewish animal ethics. Together we’ll explore how Judaism can empower us to be a truer version of ourselves.

Other Presenters
avatar for Melissa Hoffman

Melissa Hoffman

Melissa Hoffman is the Humane Education and Program Specialist at Jewish Initiative for Animals. Melissa works with Jewish institutions and communities to develop materials and programs that foster compassion, respect, and responsibility for all living beings. She holds a M.S. in... Read More →

Other Presenters
avatar for Sarah Shamirah Chandler

Sarah Shamirah Chandler

Sarah Shamirah Chandler is the CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) and team leader at Jewish Initiative for Animals where she works to support Jewish institutions to establish meaningful food policies rooted in Jewish ethics and animal welfare. She recently served as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBA

8:00pm

Sex and Conversations About Consent
Conversations about our bodies and about sexual pressures are staples for campers and staff, but we rarely have these conversations at the same time. In this session, we’ll explore the possibilities of consent in a positive framework and you leave with tools to help create a foundation for safer behavior amongst campers and peers at camp, on campus, and in your communities.

Educators
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →

Event Staff
avatar for Adina Alpert

Adina Alpert

Adina is a resident of Brooklyn, NY and currently works for Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice. Prior to joining Bend the Arc, Adina served as Director of Youth Programming at Congregation Beth Am in San Diego. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Political Science and Education. She is an alumna of the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel and... Read More →
avatar for Jake Wassermann

Jake Wassermann

Jake is excited to return for his second year working as Event Staff for Cornerstone. Originally from Lansdale, PA, Jake is a lifetime camper/counselor at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. He is currently in his Junior year at the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Story Slam: Personal Investments
We are the stories we tell. In this session, you will get a chance to bear witness to the stories of others and maybe even tell your own story. The theme is investment, and we will be telling our own personal accounts of the investments we have made and the ones that have been made in us.

Educators
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →

Event Staff
avatar for Leo Henkin

Leo Henkin

Leo Henkin is a third year college student at Tulane University and Songleader at URJ Six Points Sci-Tech Academy. He is a Jewish Studies and Jazz Studies double major, studying the relationship between worship and sound.  He spends my year counting down until camp starts, and is... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Text in Tension:Interactive Debate Midrash
Together in this evening experience we will explore some hot button issues in creating a pluralistic community. We will experience and reflect on the role of machloket, the appreciation of opposition, in creating and preserving civil discourse.

FJC Staff
avatar for Avi Katz Orlow

Avi Katz Orlow

Before joining the Foundation for Jewish Camp in 2008, Avi was the Campus Rabbi and Assistant Director of the St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and has held numerous positions as rabbi, educator, and youth leader.  He spent 17 years as a camper and then educator at Ramah Camps in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and YUSSR camps in the Former Soviet... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

The Art of Hospitality
Most of us talk a good game about hospitality, but let's be honest... it can be a struggle to welcome everyone. At this session we will not only talk about radical hospitality, we will practice it. What do you do with the person who always dominates the conversation? How do you engage the introvert? What are the best ways to help new guests meet people? Whether you're engaging campers over the summer, or friends at your own Friday night dinner table, you'll leave this workshop with invaluable tips and practical skills for making hospitality a reality, no matter who shows up.

Other Presenters
avatar for Jessica Minnen

Jessica Minnen

Jessica Minnen is the Resident Rabbi and Program Director at OneTable, an online and in-person hub that inspires emerging adults to host and share Shabbat dinner. Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, Jessica is an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis, the Pardes Institute o... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBA

8:00pm

The Happy Lab: Engineering Joyful Moments
Put on your lab coats and goggles! Prepare to test different hypotheses about the diverse formulas for inventing joyful moments. We'll experiment with laughter, mindfulness, and silliness. Who knew neuroscience could be so much fun?

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Monday May 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

9:30pm

Song & Dance Session
Monday May 22, 2017 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Theater

10:15pm

Shuttle for Fellows
Monday May 22, 2017 10:15pm - 11:00pm
TBD
 
Tuesday, May 23
 

7:15am

Shuttle for Fellows
Tuesday May 23, 2017 7:15am - 8:15am
TBD

7:30am

Optional Morning Prayers
Tuesday May 23, 2017 7:30am - 8:00am
TBD

8:00am

Breakfast
Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
Dining Hall

9:00am

Atheist Corner
If you don't believe in God, or don't believe prayer is effective whether or not you believe in God, what could a regular Jewish practice look like that would align with your beliefs and help you live the kind of life you want to live? Join us for discussion and creative thinking.

Advisors
avatar for Dan Libenson

Dan Libenson

Daniel is the Founder and President of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, a hub for ideas, education, and action dedicated to inspiring radical creativity and accelerating bold innovation in American Jewish life. He is co-host of the Institute’s popular “Judaism Unbound” p... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Bringing Books to Life
Get ideas for bringing books to life through fun and simple activities! Plus, learn more about PJ Library, too.

Educators
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Gender and Sexuality Diversity at Camp

 At Jewish summer camps, we have the responsibility to ensure the safety of all of our campers. By exploring the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and Jewish prayer, you will be able to have more dynamic understandings of how to make camp a space where everyone to thrive. Join us to explore how prayers honors the body, how it evokes love, and how its private and public moments can inspire your campers.

 


Event Staff
avatar for Jake Wassermann

Jake Wassermann

Jake is excited to return for his second year working as Event Staff for Cornerstone. Originally from Lansdale, PA, Jake is a lifetime camper/counselor at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. He is currently in his Junior year at the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

In-service Training
In this session we will consider the role of service and worship. What does the act of Prayer do for the growth of the individual and the development of community?

Advisors
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Moving Mindfulness: Qigong to Start Your Day
Begin the day with this gentle mind body practice to center, stretch, energize and empower you. Utilizing gentle movements, breath work, self-massage and guided visualization, enjoy this ancient (made modern) health and wellness practice.

Advisors
avatar for Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Parachute Tefilah
Do you ever think about where your prayers go after you think/sing/draw/scream/imagine them? Using a preschool classic - a giant parachute - think about the long-range impact of your prayers and where they go when they leave you.

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Riff-Off: Spontaneous Tefilah
This is a God-optional opportunity for unscripted, impromptu, and personalized prayer. Come ready to riff, Pitch Perfect style.

Educators
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

The Artist’s Way
Inspired by Julia Cameron's world famous book, we will enjoy a session of imagination, creative writing and mindfulness to start our day fresh. Welcome to come in your PJs!

Educators
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

WOW: Women in Prayer
What would Jewish prayer look and sound like if women had been involved in the formation of it? This prayer experience will dig deep into our prayer tradition to tease out the women's voices and see if we can find the feminine spirit in prayer.

Educators
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

“Drum Circle” Tefilah
Come make a joyful noise in the morning, play with percussion, and set the rhythm for your day.

Educators
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

10:00am

Camproom Advisory Groups
Advisors
avatar for Seth Braunstein

Seth Braunstein

Rabbi Seth grew up going to Jewish summer camp. With his passion for informal Jewish education, he has traveled extensively working for many Jewish communities around the world. For the last ten years he has directed The Szarvas Fellowships program in Hungary bringing pluralistic groups of North American high school students to Camp Szarvas, the largest international Jewish camp. He currently serves as a coach for new summer programs that are part of the New York Teen Initiative (affiliated with the Jewish Education Project), UJA, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. In the past he has served in a variety of Rabbinical and educational positions at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Jonah works with schools, summer camps and community organization to develop curriculum, train and coach staff, build community, and institute change initiatives. Jonah specializes in responding to conflict, group development, restorative practices, building rituals, and supporti... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Brett has over fifteen years of youth development experience as a supervisor, mentor, trainer, and therapist. Prior to his work as a trainer, Brett served as a Program Manager at Harlem RBI, a unique program that uses teamwork to teach and inspire low-income youth to reach their potential. He also served as the Senior Program Director at Roads to Success where he oversaw all after-school programming serving over 800 children and spent two summers as a Camp Director with Oasis... Read More →
avatar for Briana Holtzman

Briana Holtzman

Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world in 2007 as the founding Associate Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA. Briana is an alumna of the first cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program, a FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, and a Ruskay Fellow through UJA-Federation of New... Read More →
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Arts in Camp
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Body/Culture
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Camp Milestones and Traditions
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Current Events
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Disabilities
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Games
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Gender Inclusivity/Sexuality
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Maccabiah
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Nature
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Self Care/Community Care
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Social Justice
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Summer Themes/Theme Days
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Tech at Camp
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

11:10am

2,4,6,8 How Do You Appreciate?
You've written the notes, generously passed out high fives on your strolls, and brought in all the best toppings for your midnight sundae bar... so why does your staff say they feel unappreciated? Staff recognition and appreciation is not a one size fits all endeavor. In this session, you will explore a tool to learn more about yourself and your team and leave with new recognition strategies to use at camp and beyond.

Advisors
avatar for Briana Holtzman

Briana Holtzman

Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world in 2007 as the founding Associate Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA. Briana is an alumna of the first cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program, a FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, and a Ruskay Fellow through UJA-Federation of New... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Bite-Sized Training for Full-Time Year-Round Professionals: Top Productivity & Work/Life Balance Techniques
Camp Professionals have fun, but very challenging jobs. During the summer everyone knows the job is all-consuming, but even during the off-season, camp people can struggle with a unique schedule and workload.
In this session you will learn some top techniques to help you with productivity and establishing a work/life balance that works for you.
NOTE: This is "Bite Sized Training" is for Full-Time Year-Round Professionals. This PD time will offer Liaisons who work year-round for their camp a short discussion relating to Cornerstone management. The balance of the time block can be used to answer emails, make phone calls, and network with other camp professionals.

Advisors
avatar for Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Filtering the Noise of Camp: Prioritizing & Time Management
Camp is non-stop and often we feel there is no time to actually do what we need to do! In this session we will have time to share strategies and learn some new ones that use traditional and non-traditional techniques. We will talk about how to set “me” time, stick to a schedule amongst all the noise of camp, and use the time we do have between responsibilities efficently and effectively.

FJC Staff
avatar for Jill Goldstein Smith

Jill Goldstein Smith

Jill is excited to join FJC as the Assistant Program Manager. Her love of Jewish summer camp started in 1997 at URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia, as a camper, and she continued as a counselor, educator and visiting faculty. She has also spent time at URJ Kutz Camp and... Read More →

Advisors
avatar for Seth Braunstein

Seth Braunstein

Rabbi Seth grew up going to Jewish summer camp. With his passion for informal Jewish education, he has traveled extensively working for many Jewish communities around the world. For the last ten years he has directed The Szarvas Fellowships program in Hungary bringing pluralistic groups of North American high school students to Camp Szarvas, the largest international Jewish camp. He currently serves as a coach for new summer programs that are part of the New York Teen Initiative (affiliated with the Jewish Education Project), UJA, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. In the past he has served in a variety of Rabbinical and educational positions at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

If Abraham & Moses Could Do It, So Can You: Tools and Techniques for Managing Up
There are things you need to get people to do -- whether it's your Director or other people at camp who don't report to you -- in order for you and the Cornerstone process to be successful at camp. Using both Jewish wisdom and the research and techniques developed by the Harvard Negotiation Project, this session will show you how to "lead when you're not in charge.".

Advisors
avatar for Dan Libenson

Dan Libenson

Daniel is the Founder and President of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, a hub for ideas, education, and action dedicated to inspiring radical creativity and accelerating bold innovation in American Jewish life. He is co-host of the Institute’s popular “Judaism Unbound” p... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Middot Matter: Camp’s Core Values in Action
Using the "Making Mensches Periodic Table," we will look at the science behind your camp’s core values and how they show up as matter and possibility.

Advisors
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

The Art of the One-on-One Conversation
As a Liaison, having one-on-one conversations and being the person your Fellows can talk to is an essential part of your job. It is often a difficult, but if done well, can be truly fulfilling. In your roll you will need to have many different kinds of conversations with each of your fellows: relationship building conversations, accountability conversations, supportive conversations, just to name a few. In this session we will model, practice and deconstruct different types of supervisory conversations that you can have with your Fellows.

Advisors
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Jonah works with schools, summer camps and community organization to develop curriculum, train and coach staff, build community, and institute change initiatives. Jonah specializes in responding to conflict, group development, restorative practices, building rituals, and supporti... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

#Tefillah Track: What’s Inside, On The Outside

When you post on social media, you’re inviting people into your mind and your life. When you teach #Tefillah, you’re trying to invite your camp community into your mind and your (Jewish) life. Using social media, your inner spark, and some creativity, learn over three sessions how to take what’s inside and share it with who’s outside! Identify what matters to you about prayer and why, which parts you most want to fine tune and share at camp, and develop how you’ll share #Tefillah this coming summer.

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Connecting with Every Camper through Art
In this track, you will learn how to build cabin unity using Play-Doh sculpture, how to get even the least artsy campers to have a blast playing in the artroom, and how to help campers meaningfully transform Tefillah into the form of a cuddly felt stuffy.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Inclusion and Disabilities
The word "inclusion" is everywhere these days, but what does it mean at camp? In this track, you will develop a toolkit for creating an environment that welcomes and embraces all campers and counselors of all abilities, and celebrates the uniqueness of each individual. You will use your own experiences with difference to develop your voice as an advocate and an ally, and explore how to best empower each individual to have a full and meaningful camp experience.

Educators
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Israeli Culture Unplugged
What is the connection between food, Pinterest, and board games? They are exciting ways to bring Israeli programs to camp, in out-of-the-box creative ways. You will make and eat Israeli food, discuss hot topics, reimagine the use of Social Media in an unplugged style, and be challenged to win the Israeli version of the popular game Settlers of Catan. Come and play with us!

Educators
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Israeli Dance
You don't have to know a dance to do a dance! Are you graceful? Are you awkward? Somewhere in between? Israeli dance is accessible and energetic and fun...and is specifically built that way. Regardless of your skill level (or lack thereof) come learn the what, the why, and the how of Israeli dance, including all the other things you can secretly learn (and teach!) while doing it.

Educators
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

M³ (Making Meaningful Moments)
All learning comes from experience, but not all experiences lead to learning. What makes the difference between an experience that leads to meaning and one that just falls flat, or worse, leads to misunderstanding? This specialty track will help you develop a theory of experiential education and concrete tools that will enable you to create meaningful experiences for your campers that lead to learning that lasts (a.k.a awesome programs!).

Educators
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Natural Energy in Wilderness
Energy flows through the natural world in both perceptible and imperceptible waves. In this track we will explore the energy found in wilderness (bamidbar). Questions we will consider include: 1. Where and how can we feel the natural energy that flows through wilderness? 2. How can we harness this natural energy and help our campers fall in love with the natural world? and 3. How can nature help us and our campers connect to something bigger?

Educators
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Sacredness, Sacrifice & Choice: Using Spoken Word Poetry to Talk About Identity at Camp
Camp can be the ultimate testing ground for exploring identity and cultivating the stories that bind you, your colleagues, and your campers to camp. In this track, you will learn how you and your campers can use spoken word poetry as a tool for sharing your stories and truths, while turning writing into a sacred ritual act. You also will experience and learn how spoken word poetry and performance – and bringing the page to the stage – can be an equally sacred space at camp for safety, opportunity, and empowerment.

Educators
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Social Justice
We know that Jewish tradition tells us to welcome the stranger. But what does that mean, especially in times that call us to knit together in real solidarity? In this series of sessions, we'll explore programming that pushes us to see more deeply through others' experiences, to work harder to build genuinely inclusive and accessible spaces, to ask how we can best have each others' backs, and to learn how the Jewish community has stood up with and for other communities for justice over time - and how we can do so now.

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Team Building and Group Dynamics
The true magic of camp does not come from its facilities. It comes from its people. The core of a successful summer for anyone - camper or staff - is a feeling of belonging and being a valued member of the team, on a bunk level, unit level, and camp-wide level. In this track you will learn about how to build a sense of team and family. You will walk out of this track with a treasure trove of ice breakers, team games, and a passion to make it happen!

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

The Art & Science of Songleading
Singing together has been scientifically proven to make people happier -- camp is all the proof you need! Over three sessions, you will learn how to craft meaningful MUSICAL moments at camp, gain new repertoire, and build the skills to strengthen your singing communities at home. Instruments welcome, but no previous songleading or musical experience necessary.

Educators
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Theater: Massaging the Tight Spots
2017 is a year filled with difficult conversations. NOW is the time to come together to hear each other, to question each other, and to work through the tight spots. You will play with actor/playwright Jon Adam Ross, founding artist of The In[heir]itance Project, to explore difficult conversations through a theater process inspired by his work in Charleston, S.C. Check out http://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/the-rebecca-play/article_5a424d99-b14e-574b-b024-832cdc74ef46.html

Educators
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Working with Young Campers
Experience what it's like to be a kid again! Through imaginative play, games, and activities that can be brought back to camp, you will explore how to address the specific needs of young campers (under 10-years-old). You will learn effective communication tools and discover how to create the most meaningful experiences that leave a positive impact beyond camp.

Educators
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

12:50pm

Lunch
Tuesday May 23, 2017 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Dining Hall

1:40pm

Optional Afternoon Prayers
Tuesday May 23, 2017 1:40pm - 2:00pm
TBD

1:40pm

Free Time
Tuesday May 23, 2017 1:40pm - 2:40pm
TBA

2:45pm

Adapt It!
Fellows & Liaisons will begin to consider that they need not be a scholar on a topic to be an Educator themselves. They will consider understanding how to create a thoughtful program, discuss underlying goals, the kinds of modalities which work for them and do not, and they will begin to wonder about how to take a great program and modify or adapt it.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 2:45pm - 4:30pm
TBD

4:45pm

Camproom 3
Tuesday May 23, 2017 4:45pm - 6:15pm
TBD

6:30pm

Dinner
Tuesday May 23, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dining Hall

7:35pm

Optional Evening Prayers
Tuesday May 23, 2017 7:35pm - 7:55pm
TBD

8:00pm

'Wrestling' With Israel
Many Jews (including professional Jewish educators) have complicated relationships with Israel. Join us to build better skills for engaging in real conversation about varying opinions of and connections to Israel, and we'll become better equipped to bring that range and perspective into how we learn and teach. In this session, you'll be able to share your own perspective, hear from others, consider other approaches to key questions, and work on how to best make space for a variety of points of view.

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Best. Program. Ever.
Stop reading off the program plan! Your content is rich and important, but if you don't present it well - no one will know. In this workshop you'll learn tricks and tools for getting the message across, facilitating great discussions, and keeping your group engaged and excited.

Educators
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →

Advisors
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Brett has over fifteen years of youth development experience as a supervisor, mentor, trainer, and therapist. Prior to his work as a trainer, Brett served as a Program Manager at Harlem RBI, a unique program that uses teamwork to teach and inspire low-income youth to reach their potential. He also served as the Senior Program Director at Roads to Success where he oversaw all after-school programming serving over 800 children and spent two summers as a Camp Director with Oasis... Read More →
avatar for Briana Holtzman

Briana Holtzman

Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world in 2007 as the founding Associate Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA. Briana is an alumna of the first cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program, a FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, and a Ruskay Fellow through UJA-Federation of New... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

C’mon Baby, Light Our Fire
This session will teach you how to enrich your bonfire repertoire with powerful content and experiences. Together you will learn how to build your bonfire, both physically and spiritually, celebrate a bonfire experience through Jewish story, song and meditation, and share your bonfire culture with the group and take back new embers.

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →

Event Staff
avatar for Sidney Usem

Sidney Usem

Sidney has been a lifetime camper and staff member at Herzl Camp in Webster, WI. He starting going to Herzl at back in 2001 and has now been there for 15 summers. During this time, Sidney has attended and staffed just about every program in camp! Sidney recently started working Herzl Camp full time as the Operations and Programming Assistant and is thrilled to be working for Herzl year round. He is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in the Sociology of Law Criminology... Read More →

Advisors
avatar for Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

How Do We Disagree?
Can we change the world through better conversation? At Ask Big Questions, we believe we can.  In this interactive evening workshop, we will explore Big Questions that matter to everyone and that everyone can answer such as “How Do We Disagree”,  “Who Is In Our Community”, “For Whom Are We Responsible” and learn to apply Ask Big Questions’ core ideas in a variety of settings in your own life. (Presented by Ask Big Questions)

Other Presenters
avatar for Oren Persing

Oren Persing

Hillel International
Oren Persing is the Director of Entrepreneurship at Hillel International where he works with staff and students across the country to create, share, and scale innovative Jewish practice. His current focus is supporting teens as they make the transition from high school to college... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBA

8:00pm

I Swear to God I Don't Believe in God!
There are many exciting ideas about what God is or whether God is – and you have an important place in this ongoing conversation! Using games, discussion, and texts from many perspectives, join us to explore how you can and do live an authentic and engaged Jewish life with your evolving conceptions of God.

FJC Staff
avatar for Teri McGuire

Teri McGuire

Teri joined the FJC team as a Program Assistant. The granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, Teri was raised to take pride in her Judaism and contribute strongly to the community around her. She strengthened her Jewish identity through her involvement in United Synagogue You... Read More →
avatar for Kate O'Brien

Kate O'Brien

Kate is excited to join the FJC team as the Director of Education, where she will provide Jewish educational insight, direction, and coaching for the breadth of FJC’s programs. Before FJC, Kate served as the Director of Education, Innovation, and Organizing at The Workmen’s Circl... Read More →

Advisors
avatar for Seth Braunstein

Seth Braunstein

Rabbi Seth grew up going to Jewish summer camp. With his passion for informal Jewish education, he has traveled extensively working for many Jewish communities around the world. For the last ten years he has directed The Szarvas Fellowships program in Hungary bringing pluralistic groups of North American high school students to Camp Szarvas, the largest international Jewish camp. He currently serves as a coach for new summer programs that are part of the New York Teen Initiative (affiliated with the Jewish Education Project), UJA, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. In the past he has served in a variety of Rabbinical and educational positions at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Jewish Ninja Warriors!
You’re a camp legend: it's your winning goal during the staff/camper soccer game, your crowd-pleasing shtick the last night of camp when you were 12, and that time you led an impromptu Ziben Ziben when it hadn’t stopped raining in days. All these show your dedication in body, heart, and mind. You're a Jewish Ninja Warrior: ready for all the physical challenges laced with the mysteries of Kabbalah, the Torah, and, of course, a brilliant Horah. For this program you will need a swimsuit and a brave heart because you're going in the pool. Mayim, mayim b'sasson! (Note: this is a co-ed activity.)

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →

Event Staff
avatar for Julia Laibstain

Julia Laibstain

Julia is thrilled to be a part of the Cornerstone 2017 Event Team. Cornerstone holds a very special place in her heart; serving as a Cornerstone Fellow in 2015 with the rest of the Capital Camps cohort ranks at the top of her fondest camp memories. She is now paying it forward by... Read More →

Advisors
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Religion and Politics: A Conversation amongst Friends
You are invited to join a conversation about showing up Jewishly in this moment. In this program, three of Cornerstone’s faculty will share diverse perspectives on how their Jewish lens informs their sense of responsibility as agents of change in the world today. You will be invited into the conversation as well, through your own stories and passions. This will be a space where we model and practice disagreement that reflects mutual respect and support.

Educators
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →

Advisors
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Jonah works with schools, summer camps and community organization to develop curriculum, train and coach staff, build community, and institute change initiatives. Jonah specializes in responding to conflict, group development, restorative practices, building rituals, and supporti... Read More →
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Sex and Conversations About Consent
Conversations about our bodies and about sexual pressures are staples for campers and staff, but we rarely have these conversations at the same time. In this session, we’ll explore the possibilities of consent in a positive framework and you leave with tools to help create a foundation for safer behavior amongst campers and peers at camp, on campus, and in your communities.

Educators
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →

Event Staff
avatar for Adina Alpert

Adina Alpert

Adina is a resident of Brooklyn, NY and currently works for Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice. Prior to joining Bend the Arc, Adina served as Director of Youth Programming at Congregation Beth Am in San Diego. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Political Science and Education. She is an alumna of the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel and... Read More →
avatar for Jake Wassermann

Jake Wassermann

Jake is excited to return for his second year working as Event Staff for Cornerstone. Originally from Lansdale, PA, Jake is a lifetime camper/counselor at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. He is currently in his Junior year at the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Stand Out in Any Resume Pile: Putting Camp Experience to Work
The average hiring manager only looks at a resume for 6 seconds (!) before they decide whether to continue reading it. In this interactive session, you’ll learn how to make the most of those 6 seconds so you can be sure to get an interview. You’ll also walk away with some bullet points on how to translate your camp experience onto a resume that will no doubt have people excited to hire you!

Other Presenters
avatar for Hilary Jampel

Hilary Jampel

Hilary Jampel is the Assistant Director for Early Career Talent at Hillel International where she helps connect recent college graduates with meaningful careers. Originally from New Jersey, she attended the University of Delaware (go Blue Hens!) before moving to DC nearly 8 years... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBA

8:00pm

Story Slam: Personal Investments
We are the stories we tell. In this session, you will get a chance to bear witness to the stories of others and maybe even tell your own story. The theme is investment, and we will be telling our own personal accounts of the investments we have made and the ones that have been made in us.

Educators
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →

Event Staff
avatar for Leo Henkin

Leo Henkin

Leo Henkin is a third year college student at Tulane University and Songleader at URJ Six Points Sci-Tech Academy. He is a Jewish Studies and Jazz Studies double major, studying the relationship between worship and sound.  He spends my year counting down until camp starts, and is... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Text in Tension:Interactive Debate Midrash
Together in this evening experience we will explore some hot button issues in creating a pluralistic community. We will experience and reflect on the role of machloket, the appreciation of opposition, in creating and preserving civil discourse.

FJC Staff
avatar for Avi Katz Orlow

Avi Katz Orlow

Before joining the Foundation for Jewish Camp in 2008, Avi was the Campus Rabbi and Assistant Director of the St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and has held numerous positions as rabbi, educator, and youth leader.  He spent 17 years as a camper and then educator at Ramah Camps in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and YUSSR camps in the Former Soviet... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

The Happy Lab: Engineering Joyful Moments
Put on your lab coats and goggles! Prepare to test different hypotheses about the diverse formulas for inventing joyful moments. We'll experiment with laughter, mindfulness, and silliness. Who knew neuroscience could be so much fun?

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBD

8:00pm

Year-Round Professionals’ Roundtable with Marina Lewin, COO of Foundation for Jewish Camp
This opportunity is for year-round camp professionals to get to know the new Chief Operating Officer of Foundation for Jewish Camp and share what makes you passionate about Jewish camping. We'll discuss the future of our field and talk about ways FJC can support professional growth for individuals like you!

FJC Staff
avatar for Marina Lewin

Marina Lewin

Marina joined Foundation for Jewish Camp as Chief Operating Officer in January, 2017, following a 30+ year high-profile career in banking.  She served most recently as the Global Head of New Business Development for BNY Mellon, where she successfully managed large teams in complex and competitive environments... Read More →


Tuesday May 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
TBA

9:30pm

Song & Dance Session
Tuesday May 23, 2017 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Theater

10:15pm

Shuttle for Fellows
Tuesday May 23, 2017 10:15pm - 11:45pm
TBD
 
Wednesday, May 24
 

7:15am

Shuttle for Fellows
Wednesday May 24, 2017 7:15am - 8:15am
TBD

7:30am

Optional Morning Prayers
Wednesday May 24, 2017 7:30am - 8:00am
TBD

8:00am

Breakfast
Wednesday May 24, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
Dining Hall

9:00am

Atheist Corner
If you don't believe in God, or don't believe prayer is effective whether or not you believe in God, what could a regular Jewish practice look like that would align with your beliefs and help you live the kind of life you want to live? Join us for discussion and creative thinking.

Advisors
avatar for Dan Libenson

Dan Libenson

Daniel is the Founder and President of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, a hub for ideas, education, and action dedicated to inspiring radical creativity and accelerating bold innovation in American Jewish life. He is co-host of the Institute’s popular “Judaism Unbound” p... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

B.Y.O.I. Tefilah Time
Bring Your Own Instruments* to this participatory and joyful musical tefilah experience. (*includes your voice!)

Educators
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Frog-Hunting
We’ll discover a joyful sense of awe and wonders as we explore the mud puddles and undersides of fallen timber and find worms, bugs, frogs and salamanders.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

iPod Tefillah
Nothing makes Tefillah come alive like connecting prayers to your own playlists - learn how to do this with friends and campers in iPod Tefillah!

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Morning Cartoons
Join for a short film (and some delicious sugary cereal) and we’ll think about how culture is passed down through family tradition (and draw our own cartoon storyboards, too)!

FJC Staff
avatar for Jill Goldstein Smith

Jill Goldstein Smith

Jill is excited to join FJC as the Assistant Program Manager. Her love of Jewish summer camp started in 1997 at URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia, as a camper, and she continued as a counselor, educator and visiting faculty. She has also spent time at URJ Kutz Camp and... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Six Word Memoirs & Prayers
We will turn our stories into personal tefilah by distilling our narratives into their one-line essence.

Educators
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Sports and Soul
Wake up your body and warm up your soul in this active, sports-oriented tefilah activity. Come prepared to move and be moved! (Please wear your athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.)


Other Presenters
avatar for Mara Berde

Mara Berde

Mara Berde is currently the Associate Director of JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, an overnight Jewish sports camp located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been with JCC Maccabi Sports Camp since its inaugural summer in 2014 and has enjoyed the challenge of building a camp from the ground up and watching it... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Tying Tzitzit - Strings Attached!
Fringe Benefits! Come and learn how to tie and make your very own set of Tzitzit.

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

When Prayers Come True, and Sometimes Don't…
This session will reflect on our heavenly and earthly connections to Israel. We will beseech, demand, and ask for our voices to be heard in the true spirit of Prayer.

Advisors
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

9:00am

Yoga
Chesed sh'b'Malchut: Setting yourself up for a full day of leadership training, it feels good to be kind to your body from the start. This physical yoga practice will be good for every body; please dress for comfortable movement.

Advisors
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
TBD

10:00am

Camproom Advisory Groups
Advisors
avatar for Seth Braunstein

Seth Braunstein

Rabbi Seth grew up going to Jewish summer camp. With his passion for informal Jewish education, he has traveled extensively working for many Jewish communities around the world. For the last ten years he has directed The Szarvas Fellowships program in Hungary bringing pluralistic groups of North American high school students to Camp Szarvas, the largest international Jewish camp. He currently serves as a coach for new summer programs that are part of the New York Teen Initiative (affiliated with the Jewish Education Project), UJA, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. In the past he has served in a variety of Rabbinical and educational positions at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Jonah works with schools, summer camps and community organization to develop curriculum, train and coach staff, build community, and institute change initiatives. Jonah specializes in responding to conflict, group development, restorative practices, building rituals, and supporti... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Brett has over fifteen years of youth development experience as a supervisor, mentor, trainer, and therapist. Prior to his work as a trainer, Brett served as a Program Manager at Harlem RBI, a unique program that uses teamwork to teach and inspire low-income youth to reach their potential. He also served as the Senior Program Director at Roads to Success where he oversaw all after-school programming serving over 800 children and spent two summers as a Camp Director with Oasis... Read More →
avatar for Briana Holtzman

Briana Holtzman

Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world in 2007 as the founding Associate Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA. Briana is an alumna of the first cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program, a FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, and a Ruskay Fellow through UJA-Federation of New... Read More →
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Arts in Camp
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Body/Culture
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Bookending your day
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Games
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Gender Inclusivity/Sexuality
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

God/Spirituality
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Israeli/NA Partnerships
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Maccabiah
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Rainy Day Activities
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Self Care/Community Care
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Staff Programming
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Tech at Camp
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

10:00am

Tisha B'av
The Morning Mingle opens up opportunities for dynamic conversations about issues and ideas important to camp life. The topics of these facilitated discussions are based on your common desires and areas of interest. Morning Mingles are designed to help you share your perspectives and to gain new insight. When you choose one topic for each block, COME PREPARED with one or two ideas to exchange with other Fellows. This is not a learning session as much as a sharing session to swap real-life examples and stimulate your imagination.

Educators
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
TBD

11:10am

A Method for Your Madness
So many of us are stuck in a rut when it comes to program design - we use the same predictable methods, plugging in new content. In this session you'll experience a menu of innovative program modalities that you can bring back to your Cornerstone cohort, regardless of what content you're trying to get across to your participants. We'll also talk about how you as a facilitator can present and lead with the ultimate impact, even when you're not an expert in the content at hand. This is an opportunity to fill your tool box with new ideas, and to hone your skills in crafting and facilitating programs of all kinds.

FJC Staff
avatar for Julie Finkelstein

Julie Finkelstein

Julie Finkelstein is the Director of Leadership Development at the Foundation for Jewish Camp where she works on programs that support Jewish camps and their leaders across North America.  Prior to joining the FJC team, she was the Associate Director of Slingshot, where she managed a network of next-generation funders, innovative Jewish organizations and entrepreneurs. Previously, Julie was the Assistant Director of Capital Camps, the Jewish community camp of the Mid-Atlantic region and got her professional start with Hillel: at Maryland Hillel and at... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Bite-Sized Training for Full-Time Year-Round Professionals: Make and Model - What Drives Your Leadership Style?
Together in this session we will play with different models of leadership. We will explore what we need in different situations to move us forward.

NOTE: This is "Bite Sized Training" is for Full-Time Year-Round Professionals. This PD time will offer Liaisons who work year-round for their camp a short discussion relating to Cornerstone management. The balance of the time block can be used to answer emails, make phone calls, and network with other camp professionals.

FJC Staff
avatar for Avi Katz Orlow

Avi Katz Orlow

Before joining the Foundation for Jewish Camp in 2008, Avi was the Campus Rabbi and Assistant Director of the St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and has held numerous positions as rabbi, educator, and youth leader.  He spent 17 years as a camper and then educator at Ramah Camps in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and YUSSR camps in the Former Soviet... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Inspire, Educate, Connect: Using the Art of Evaluation to Enhance Cornerstone @ Your Camp
Learn about and design a process to help keep your Fellows engaged and accountable while implementing the Cornerstone Action Plan. Come learn this system for success and build your summer plan.

Advisors
avatar for Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Make a Plan and Make It Stick: Tools for Setting Goals and Getting It Done
What makes the difference between a successful plan and a less successful one? This session explores the two pieces you have to get right for any plan to succeed: choosing the right goal and setting up a step-by-step sequence for getting everything done and getting it done on time. We will explore techniques for setting goals that are both worthwhile and realistic, and develop tools for making sure everyone stays accountable to the plan.

Advisors
avatar for Dan Libenson

Dan Libenson

Daniel is the Founder and President of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, a hub for ideas, education, and action dedicated to inspiring radical creativity and accelerating bold innovation in American Jewish life. He is co-host of the Institute’s popular “Judaism Unbound” p... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Meeting You Where You Are: Get it All Done
This session offers meeting facilitation skills and strategies that bring the action plan to life. Includes: using regular meetings to managing peers, projects and possibilities.

Advisors
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Offering Sound Feedback
We all want our staff to succeed, but success takes a willingness to grow. How we challenge and support our staff through that growth makes a huge difference. In this session we will explore communication strategies that will provide us with tools to give and receive feedback effectively.

Advisors
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Brett has over fifteen years of youth development experience as a supervisor, mentor, trainer, and therapist. Prior to his work as a trainer, Brett served as a Program Manager at Harlem RBI, a unique program that uses teamwork to teach and inspire low-income youth to reach their potential. He also served as the Senior Program Director at Roads to Success where he oversaw all after-school programming serving over 800 children and spent two summers as a Camp Director with Oasis... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

#Tefillah Track: What’s Inside, On The Outside

When you post on social media, you’re inviting people into your mind and your life. When you teach #Tefillah, you’re trying to invite your camp community into your mind and your (Jewish) life. Using social media, your inner spark, and some creativity, learn over three sessions how to take what’s inside and share it with who’s outside! Identify what matters to you about prayer and why, which parts you most want to fine tune and share at camp, and develop how you’ll share #Tefillah this coming summer.

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Connecting with Every Camper through Art
In this track, you will learn how to build cabin unity using Play-Doh sculpture, how to get even the least artsy campers to have a blast playing in the artroom, and how to help campers meaningfully transform Tefillah into the form of a cuddly felt stuffy.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Inclusion and Disabilities
The word "inclusion" is everywhere these days, but what does it mean at camp? In this track, you will develop a toolkit for creating an environment that welcomes and embraces all campers and counselors of all abilities, and celebrates the uniqueness of each individual. You will use your own experiences with difference to develop your voice as an advocate and an ally, and explore how to best empower each individual to have a full and meaningful camp experience.

Educators
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Israeli Culture Unplugged
What is the connection between food, Pinterest, and board games? They are exciting ways to bring Israeli programs to camp, in out-of-the-box creative ways. You will make and eat Israeli food, discuss hot topics, reimagine the use of Social Media in an unplugged style, and be challenged to win the Israeli version of the popular game Settlers of Catan. Come and play with us!

Educators
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Israeli Dance
You don't have to know a dance to do a dance! Are you graceful? Are you awkward? Somewhere in between? Israeli dance is accessible and energetic and fun...and is specifically built that way. Regardless of your skill level (or lack thereof) come learn the what, the why, and the how of Israeli dance, including all the other things you can secretly learn (and teach!) while doing it.

Educators
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

M³ (Making Meaningful Moments)
All learning comes from experience, but not all experiences lead to learning. What makes the difference between an experience that leads to meaning and one that just falls flat, or worse, leads to misunderstanding? This specialty track will help you develop a theory of experiential education and concrete tools that will enable you to create meaningful experiences for your campers that lead to learning that lasts (a.k.a awesome programs!).

Educators
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Natural Energy in Wilderness
Energy flows through the natural world in both perceptible and imperceptible waves. In this track we will explore the energy found in wilderness (bamidbar). Questions we will consider include: 1. Where and how can we feel the natural energy that flows through wilderness? 2. How can we harness this natural energy and help our campers fall in love with the natural world? and 3. How can nature help us and our campers connect to something bigger?

Educators
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Sacredness, Sacrifice & Choice: Using Spoken Word Poetry to Talk About Identity at Camp
Camp can be the ultimate testing ground for exploring identity and cultivating the stories that bind you, your colleagues, and your campers to camp. In this track, you will learn how you and your campers can use spoken word poetry as a tool for sharing your stories and truths, while turning writing into a sacred ritual act. You also will experience and learn how spoken word poetry and performance – and bringing the page to the stage – can be an equally sacred space at camp for safety, opportunity, and empowerment.

Educators
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Social Justice
We know that Jewish tradition tells us to welcome the stranger. But what does that mean, especially in times that call us to knit together in real solidarity? In this series of sessions, we'll explore programming that pushes us to see more deeply through others' experiences, to work harder to build genuinely inclusive and accessible spaces, to ask how we can best have each others' backs, and to learn how the Jewish community has stood up with and for other communities for justice over time - and how we can do so now.

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Team Building and Group Dynamics
The true magic of camp does not come from its facilities. It comes from its people. The core of a successful summer for anyone - camper or staff - is a feeling of belonging and being a valued member of the team, on a bunk level, unit level, and camp-wide level. In this track you will learn about how to build a sense of team and family. You will walk out of this track with a treasure trove of ice breakers, team games, and a passion to make it happen!

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

The Art & Science of Songleading
Singing together has been scientifically proven to make people happier -- camp is all the proof you need! Over three sessions, you will learn how to craft meaningful MUSICAL moments at camp, gain new repertoire, and build the skills to strengthen your singing communities at home. Instruments welcome, but no previous songleading or musical experience necessary.

Educators
avatar for Noam Katz

Noam Katz

Rabbi Noam Katz, MAJE, got hooked on Jewish music during his many wonderful summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  A native of Rochester, NY, Noam is a lifelong Jewish educator, songleader and storyteller. Along the way, he has performed at camps and congregations across North America, Israel, and Africa, bringing a passion for Jewish text, social justice and world music, as well as his trademark sense of humor. Noam has released three CDs of original Jewish music: Rakia; Mirembe, Salaam v'Shalom; and A Drum In Hand. | | He has served on the faculty of the FJC Cornerstone seminar, Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, and looks for every opportunity to train, inspire and learn from the next generation of song leaders and camp... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Theater: Massaging the Tight Spots
2017 is a year filled with difficult conversations. NOW is the time to come together to hear each other, to question each other, and to work through the tight spots. You will play with actor/playwright Jon Adam Ross, founding artist of The In[heir]itance Project, to explore difficult conversations through a theater process inspired by his work in Charleston, S.C. Check out http://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/the-rebecca-play/article_5a424d99-b14e-574b-b024-832cdc74ef46.html

Educators
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

11:10am

Working with Young Campers
Experience what it's like to be a kid again! Through imaginative play, games, and activities that can be brought back to camp, you will explore how to address the specific needs of young campers (under 10-years-old). You will learn effective communication tools and discover how to create the most meaningful experiences that leave a positive impact beyond camp.

Educators
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:10am - 12:40pm
TBD

12:50pm

Lunch
Wednesday May 24, 2017 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Dining Hall

1:30pm

Director Session
Wednesday May 24, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
TBD

1:40pm

Optional Afternoon Prayers
Wednesday May 24, 2017 1:40pm - 2:00pm
TBD

1:40pm

Free Time
Wednesday May 24, 2017 1:40pm - 2:30pm
TBA

2:45pm

Camproom Advisory Groups
Advisors
avatar for Seth Braunstein

Seth Braunstein

Rabbi Seth grew up going to Jewish summer camp. With his passion for informal Jewish education, he has traveled extensively working for many Jewish communities around the world. For the last ten years he has directed The Szarvas Fellowships program in Hungary bringing pluralistic groups of North American high school students to Camp Szarvas, the largest international Jewish camp. He currently serves as a coach for new summer programs that are part of the New York Teen Initiative (affiliated with the Jewish Education Project), UJA, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. In the past he has served in a variety of Rabbinical and educational positions at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Jonah works with schools, summer camps and community organization to develop curriculum, train and coach staff, build community, and institute change initiatives. Jonah specializes in responding to conflict, group development, restorative practices, building rituals, and supporti... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Brett has over fifteen years of youth development experience as a supervisor, mentor, trainer, and therapist. Prior to his work as a trainer, Brett served as a Program Manager at Harlem RBI, a unique program that uses teamwork to teach and inspire low-income youth to reach their potential. He also served as the Senior Program Director at Roads to Success where he oversaw all after-school programming serving over 800 children and spent two summers as a Camp Director with Oasis... Read More →
avatar for Briana Holtzman

Briana Holtzman

Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world in 2007 as the founding Associate Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA. Briana is an alumna of the first cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program, a FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, and a Ruskay Fellow through UJA-Federation of New... Read More →
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Artistic Approaches to Prayer
In this session, you will master a handful of art-making activities that can be used to help open up meaningful entry points into prayer at camp. You will understand how artistic practice can be an engaging alternative or supplement to Tefillah at any camp.

Educators
avatar for Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson

As an artist and educator, Daniel Abramson is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for teaching about identity and as a tool for self-reflection. He has led creative workshops for children and adults using a wide range of art media. When he isn't getting his hands dirty i... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Creating Natural Art
The natural world inspires artists of every genre to create beautiful works of art. During our time together we will not only explore how nature inspires us, but we will also use nature to create the art that tells our story. Introspection, creative writing, and fellow Fellows will help us generate our creative juices and artwork.

Educators
avatar for Josh Lake

Josh Lake

Josh is a Wilderness First Responder, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Oregon Mycological Society. Josh’s passion is turning nature/wilderness into a Jewish classroom where people can fully experience Creation. His style of education is heavily influenced by nature as learners follow their natural rhythms in order to discover their own lessons... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Everyday Mindfulness
There's a point in the summer when you feel like there's never been a time when you haven't been there. The next day, the summer is over and you have no idea where it went! Moments are flying by us all the time, and we are only able to capture some of them - the rest are lost to exhaustion and lack of attention. In this session, you will learn some techniques for using the camp setting itself to help you be more present, capture the moment, and maintain tranquility (even when tensions are running high).

Educators
avatar for Aki Yonekawa

Aki Yonekawa

Aki fell in love with Jewish camp at nine years old on top of a hill in Malibu and has been involved in Jewish camp in one way or another for the last three decades. She was a camper at Gindling Hilltop Camp, worked at Camp Hess Kramer, Camp JCA Shalom and then finally settled at... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Invest in the Future: Kickstart Philanthropy
What would you do if you had 50 million dollars? Come and explore the power of giving and investing in the projects you believe in, to create a better world! You will discover unusual child-related organizations in Israel and create camp-related initiatives of your own. In this classy, fun, and out the box program, you will be inspired and challenged to make an impact for a better future.

Educators
avatar for Tomer Moked

Tomer Moked

Tomer is a certified life and career coach (MCI) for performing arts professionals and is thrilled to return to the Cornerstone faculty team this year. Tomer has spent the last 17 summers at Jewish summer camps, starting as a Shaliach in 1999 at Surprise Lake Camp in NY, and since 2008 as Senior Staff and Program Director at Tamarack Camps in... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Occupy Mesopotamia!
You want to speak truth to power? You have something to say about the system? You’re in the mood to protest? You’re not the only one! Come to this workshop to tweet, scream, and run around. You also will learn how stories in the Torah can trigger a conversation about protest with campers and staff. *NOTE: this workshop involves aerobic movement.*

Educators
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

As a highly sought-after artist in residence, Jon leads workshops and facilitates the creation of theater using physical and emotional exploration of stories from ancient Jewish narratives. During his time as an artist in residence, he has both taught and created at Lookingglass Theater Company, Union Theological Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, the Institute for Southern Jewish Life, Anshe Emet Synagogue (Chicago), and a multitude of other communities across the country. Jon has also served as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Off the Shelf: Bringing Books to Life
Books can be great tools to inspire meaningful and fun programs for campers of all ages! In this session, we’ll discuss ideas for book-based activities that can be adapted for bunk activities, camp-wide events, or freetime. From building your own bunk bookshelf, creating story-inspired games and art, you will leave with multiple ideas for turning any book into an engaging program.

Educators
avatar for Asya Gribov

Asya Gribov

Asya is a community organizer, family program curator, experiential educator, art lover, and world traveler. Following her passions, Asya can be found splitting her time between working with PJ Library on Russian-speaking Jewish family engagement initiatives, leading children’s art workshops at the Rubin Museum of Art, teaching at Cornerstone, and getting tirelessly inspired at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently, she founded Mismatched Socks NY, a project that invites parents and children to learn about and engage with art through family friendly tours and classes all over New York City... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Owning Our Narratives: Exploring & Unpacking Gender Identity at Camp
While gender identity is both nuanced and complex, all too often the expectations around how gender should manifest at camp can impact and interrupt how campers, counselors, and staff are able to be their authentic selves. Join us to explore what it means to have ownership of your personal and communal narratives around gender identity by challenging the constructs of sensationalism. You will learn how to use writing with "Owning Our Narratives,” and storytelling as a tool for self-expression, empowerment, and community building at camp. No previous writing experience is necessary!

Educators
avatar for Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer, performer, activist, and educator. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, organizations and performance venues worldwide for over a decade... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Playing Outside the Lines: Uncovering what’s Jewish about Camp Sports
What’s Jewish about sports at camp? Can you act like a mensch while still being competitive? How can you use sports to build community? This session will combine active participation in popular camp sports as well as uncover the Jewish elements of sports at camp.

Other Presenters
avatar for Mara Berde

Mara Berde

Mara Berde is currently the Associate Director of JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, an overnight Jewish sports camp located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been with JCC Maccabi Sports Camp since its inaugural summer in 2014 and has enjoyed the challenge of building a camp from the ground up and watching it... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

2:45pm

The Snowflake Principle
What do we really know about each of our campers? What are the questions we do and don't ask? There's more diversity in our camp communities than we often realize, and we have to build ways of exploring and encouraging these expressions of difference while maintaining a cohesive, bonded group. In this session, we'll look at how to create programs and rituals (Jewish and otherwise) to take on this intriguing and generative tension within camp so everyone can shine a little more brightly.

Educators
avatar for Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert

Sarra Alpert is the National Program Director for Avodah, an organization that works to strengthen the Jewish community's fight against poverty by building powerful networks of early-career Jewish activist leaders. Sarra spent many of her summers at Camp Ramah in California; firs... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Tour Israel in 20 Minutes - Anywhere!
When you think of Israel you think of many different things: hiking, holy sites, political issues, delicious food - the list of descriptions is endless. But how do you start to teach and learn about Israel in a positive, fun and engaging way, especially if your campers have never been there? Come try a new approach to Israel education by bringing the Israel experience to your camp, and learn how to adapt it for any age! You will walk out prepared to be the tour guide for your Israel Experience!

Educators
avatar for Meir Balofsky

Meir Balofsky

Meir’s claims to fame include the rewriting of lyrics to famous songs and performing them with unbridled enthusiasm despite his debatable singing talent. His arms are certified selfie-sticks, he coordinated a 29 person 30 legged 100 meter dash, and he recently broke his own personal record by climbing Massada for the 10th time. All these achievements have served him well with how he spends his... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Why Aren’t You Playing? Making Games and Activities Accessible and Inclusive
Camp is an environment where we want everyone to be able to participate - yet when it comes to many beloved camp activities, there are individuals for whom it is challenging to do so fully. In this session, you'll explore creative solutions to this tension. Together, we will workshop how games, rituals, and other traditional camp activities can be modified for the benefit of every camper.
*Note: This session is NOT for individuals participating in the Inclusion and Disabilities Specialty Track

Educators
avatar for Ariella Rosen

Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen is currently serving Temple Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA, where she oversees educational programming for people of all ages and abilities. She was ordained in 2015 by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Ariella was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in West Hartford, CT, and spent over 14 summers at Camp Ramah in New England. At CRNE, Ariella worked for several summers for the Tikvah Program for campers with developmental disabilities, where she made some of her deepest and most enduring camp friendships... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

Yas Kween: Teaching The Edge of Appropriate Pop Culture
You love Broad City. You adore Grey’s Anatomy (yes, still). You know all of the words to songs that would get you a stern talking to from your camp director. You KNOW you’re not supposed to talk about this with your campers, what with the rampant sex, drugs, and rock and roll featured in some of your favorite pop culture. The problem? You also KNOW that your campers are enjoying the same sorts of media. How do you harness this entertainment for good? Using some excellent examples from today’s TV/music landscape, we’ll see what we can do. By the very nature of this session, it contains racy content.

Educators
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman has been working as a Jewish Educator since a few weeks after her bat mitzvah. Sara Beth, who is proud to have two first names, spent her summers working at URJ Camp Coleman, Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with USY on Wheels. Sara Beth enjoys teaching both in the water and in the shade, and she has a strong affinity for flip chart markers. At camp, she spends her time collaborating with staff members to concoct magical programs for the whole kehillah/community, making people laugh, facilitating the professional development of staff members, keeping her Hebrew skills... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

2:45pm

You're the Best! You're the Worst.
You're a counselor, so you have those moments when you realize a camper thinks you are the GREATEST thing to walk the earth. And you're a counselor, so you have those moments when it is your job to clean up puke. It's not always easy to handle switching between the highs and the lows, and (spoiler alert): that's true outside of camp too. Let's talk about walking in balance, figuring out how and when to take up space and when to cede it, and finding truth between the extremes.

Educators
avatar for Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman

Erica Goldman grew up in New York and Florida and was a camper at Cejwin Camps for its last two years in existence. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That experience was the beginning of an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance year-round, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the FJC and the... Read More →


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
TBD

4:30pm

Camproom 4
Wednesday May 24, 2017 4:30pm - 6:10pm
TBD

6:20pm

Dinner
Wednesday May 24, 2017 6:20pm - 7:20pm
Dining Hall

7:20pm

Optional Evening Prayers
Wednesday May 24, 2017 7:20pm - 7:40pm
TBD

7:45pm

Zoom Out: Looking Beyond
Fellows will begin to see how Camp has helped them become Jewish educators and leaders, and to help them understand how they can take those experiences into their communities beyond camp. They should feel empowered to take the skills and tools they’ve garnered at Cornerstone to create opportunities for their peers. They will also learn about the Cornerstone Alumni Micro-Grant opportunity.

Advisors
avatar for Seth Braunstein

Seth Braunstein

Rabbi Seth grew up going to Jewish summer camp. With his passion for informal Jewish education, he has traveled extensively working for many Jewish communities around the world. For the last ten years he has directed The Szarvas Fellowships program in Hungary bringing pluralistic groups of North American high school students to Camp Szarvas, the largest international Jewish camp. He currently serves as a coach for new summer programs that are part of the New York Teen Initiative (affiliated with the Jewish Education Project), UJA, and the Jim Joseph Foundation. In the past he has served in a variety of Rabbinical and educational positions at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains... Read More →
avatar for Jonah Canner

Jonah Canner

Jonah works with schools, summer camps and community organization to develop curriculum, train and coach staff, build community, and institute change initiatives. Jonah specializes in responding to conflict, group development, restorative practices, building rituals, and supporti... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein

Natalie Goldfein is an accomplished teacher, consultant, coach and mentor, with more than 30 years’ experience helping people learn how to do things better and interact more effectively with others. Her work with organizations such as Crate & Barrel, Growing Home, Inc., and the C... Read More →
avatar for Brett Gurwitz

Brett Gurwitz

Brett has over fifteen years of youth development experience as a supervisor, mentor, trainer, and therapist. Prior to his work as a trainer, Brett served as a Program Manager at Harlem RBI, a unique program that uses teamwork to teach and inspire low-income youth to reach their potential. He also served as the Senior Program Director at Roads to Success where he oversaw all after-school programming serving over 800 children and spent two summers as a Camp Director with Oasis... Read More →
avatar for Briana Holtzman

Briana Holtzman

Briana started her work in the Jewish professional world in 2007 as the founding Associate Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA. Briana is an alumna of the first cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program, a FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, and a Ruskay Fellow through UJA-Federation of New... Read More →
avatar for Shalom Orzach

Shalom Orzach

Shalom is a senior educator and consultant for the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel education. He has also served as the AVI CHAI Project Director and Director of Education in the Shlichut and Israel Fellows unit for... Read More →
avatar for Becca Sykes

Becca Sykes

Any time Rebecca strayed from blazing a new path as an artist who also wants to live a Jewish life, it never took more than a few weeks at Camp Ramah set things back on fire. That's over 30 summers of informal experiential education right at your fingertips. | | She is proud to say that Ramah Darom and Ramah Wisconsin feel like home. The kind of home where you can write, direct, teach improv, and create staff training curriculum while you eat tater tots... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
TBD

9:00pm

Closing Program
Wednesday May 24, 2017 9:00pm - 10:30pm
TBD

10:40pm

Song & Dance Session
Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:40pm - 11:15pm
Theater

11:15pm

Shuttle for Fellows
Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:15pm - Thursday May 25, 2017 12:15am
TBD
 
Thursday, May 25
 

7:00am

Shuttle for Fellows
Thursday May 25, 2017 7:00am - 8:30am
TBD

7:15am

Optional Morning Prayers
Thursday May 25, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am
TBD

8:00am

Breakfast
Thursday May 25, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
Dining Hall

9:00am

Camproom 5: Seminar Wrap-Up
Thursday May 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
TBD

10:15am

Box Lunches & Bus Loading
Thursday May 25, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Dining Hall