When I was first offered the marketing internship at the J, I was ecstatic. A summer job in my field of study? Yes, please. However, I did have one small concern: what were the people like? I attend a religious college where there, ironically, isn’t a very accepting and loving sense of community. I was worried that this would also be true at the J but, within the first week, I was gladly proven wrong.
Happy faces and shrills of delight are filling our classrooms, hallways, pools and play areas at the J. Camp isn’t just about the smiling faces and swimming though. J Camps build leadership skills, instill confidence and strengthens Jewish identity. The included daily swim instruction introduces lifesaving skills around water. And camp counselors get mentorship and build professional skills they’ll use throughout their lives.
At the ERJCC our goal every day is make memorable experiences and have a positive impact on our community, especially for the children in our programs, many of whom attend different schools, synagogues, churches, etc, We are the community hub where they can meet friends they wouldn't otherwise see. The program instructors and camp counselors are positive role models who strive to provide these experiences every day.