Jeremy J. Fingerman
Jeremy J. Fingerman

Power of Partnerships

FJC’s success has always been based on partnerships with federations, foundations, and individuals who care deeply about our community’s future, and the role Jewish camp plays to support it.

On Monday evening, I participated in UJA-Federation of New York’s record-breaking Wall Street Dinner where more than 2,000 supporters came together as UJA launched its Centennial celebration.  FJC was thrilled to join in recognition of our board member, Jeff Solomon, with the Alan C. Greenberg Young Leadership Award.  Even more, though, UJA unveiled its three priorities for its Centennial Campaign and the number one on its list:  Jewish camp!

On Tuesday, I had the honor to participate in the graduation of the third cohort of our Yitro Fellowship.  18 assistant/associate camp directors completed an 18-month journey together, each one growing as an individual and a Jewish leader.  The investment in these young leaders, and in their camps, will continue to produce results for many years to come.  We are continually grateful to the unwavering support and partnership from The AVI CHAI Foundation.

One of the most gratifying aspects of working with all of you at FJC is your continuing desire and willingness to reflect on your programs and make the changes that will make them even more effective than before. This has certainly been the case with Yitro – the content and approach for each cohort was revised in response to the outcomes and to the evaluation recommendations.

— Leah Meir, Program Officer, The AVI CHAI Foundation

Last night, I attended the Montreal Federation CJA donor recognition event celebrating their Centennial Campaign which will sustain their community for future generations.  And again, one of their top three campaign priorities is Jewish camp!  FJC has had a strong and effective partnership with Montreal for the last seven years which has served as a model for other communities across North America.  Tonight, I will be speaking on behalf of our OHC partnership with the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey – my home community – and I will share trends affecting the field of Jewish camp and the various ways FJC is addressing them.

None of this is by chance.  Through FJC’s One Happy Camper® program, FJC has partnered with more than 40 communities, 60 camps, and PJ Goes to Camp to make it possible for more than 70,000 first-time campers to attend Jewish overnight camp.

Finally, in partnership with our Board of Directors, this past week we launched FJC’s new Leadership and Innovation Fund.  This is the clearest expression of partnership with individuals who believe in FJC’s efforts to support the field of Jewish camp and enabling FJC to be more responsive, relevant, and innovative with our services to the field.

Partnerships allow us to do what we do.  We aspire to achieve even more in the years ahead.  As we approach year-end, we hope you will consider supporting our efforts to lead and to innovate for the field of Jewish camp.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Chanukah and a 2017 filled with successful partnerships!

About the Author
Jeremy J. Fingerman has served as CEO of Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) since 2010. Prior to joining FJC, he had a highly-regarded 20+ year career in Consumer Packaged Goods, beginning at General Mills, Inc, then at Campbell Soup Company, where he served as president of its largest division, US Soup. In 2005, he was recruited to serve as CEO of Manischewitz.