THE NACHSHON PROJECT COUNSELOR FELLOWSHIP

The Nachshon Project is excited to offer a three-week online distance-learning and leadership experience for staff who planned to work at Jewish summer camps during the summer of 2020!

The Nachshon Project Counselor Fellowship will run online via the clickto.camp by BIG IDEA platform from May 24 – June 11, 2020, and will offer you an opportunity for Jewish learning, Israel engagement and practical leadership skill-building. The program will strengthen your connection to both your camp community and to the Jewish community as a whole, as you will participate in the fellowship together with other counselors from your camp and camping movement, and with hundreds of counselors from Jewish summer camps across North America. 

You will be awarded a stipend of $400 upon successful completion of the fellowship, which includes participating in the full educational program in May/June, serving as a counselor for at least 3 hours of camper programming, and implementing a project. 

The Nachshon Project Counselor Fellowship will include the following elements:

  1. Counselor training (Hadracha), including discussions on child psychology and strategies for pedagogic success led by nationally-renowned camp staff trainer Michael Brandwein.
  2. Jewish learning, facilitated by the Jewish educators from your camp and camping movement.
  3. Israel engagement, facilitated by The iCenter and the Jewish Agency, and implemented by the leaders of the summer shlichim. These Israelis will teach you about contemporary Israel (including a bit of Hebrew language) using materials created especially for this initiative. This will increase your knowledge of and connection to Israel and will also help you implement projects for your campers.
  4. Keynote addresses from major Jewish personalities.
  5. Nachshon Leadership Series – Jewish Careers: Twice a week, you will learn about opportunities to serve the Jewish community professionally in a variety of roles, including as heads of Jewish schools, camps, Hillels, synagogues, and other institutions. You will also be introduced to the Nachshon Project and learn about the opportunities that our fellowship offers.   
  6. Assignments and final project: You will create a final project that you will implement for your campers, either in person if camps take place, or virtually, in the case that they do not. Please note that your final project is a requirement of the fellowship and must be completed in order to receive your stipend. 

The three-week-long fellowship will consist of three hours a day of interactive programming (including breaks), with guest speakers twice a week, and will look something like this:

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

45 mins

Counselor Training/Hadracha – All Together

Counselor Training/Hadracha – By Camp

Counselor Training/Hadracha – All Together

Counselor Training/Hadracha – By Camp

Counselor Training/Hadracha – All Together

45 mins

Camp Jewish Text Elective 

Hebrew/Israel 

Camp Jewish Text Elective 

Hebrew/Israel 

Camp Jewish Text Elective 

      

60 min

Famous Speaker

Nachshon Leadership Series – Jewish Careers

Famous Speaker

Nachshon Leadership Series – Jewish Careers

Music/ Something Special

In order to accommodate the varying time zones, the program will take place at:
9 -11:45am (PDT) / 12 noon – 2:45pm (EDT) / 7pm – 9:45pm (Israel time)

Writing exercises, reading, watching short videos, etc. may be utilized each day, committing you to up to 60 minutes of additional time each day.

Please keep in mind that there may be some changes to the schedule in order to accommodate our guest speakers. Upon acceptance to the fellowship, you will receive an updated and more-detailed schedule. 

This program is designed for entering college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who show leadership potential and Jewish commitment. If you are interested in participating in The Nachshon Project Counselor Fellowship, be sure to contact your Camp Director to apply by May 17, 2020. Your camp director will review all applications and select fellows from your camp.  You will be notified regarding your acceptance status on May 18th. The program will begin on May 24th. Please note that if you are chosen to participate in the fellowship, you must commit to participating in ALL sessions throughout the three weeks of the fellowship. 

Contact enroll@thenachshonproject.com with any questions. 

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The Host/Sponsor of the Program

The Nachshon Project Undergraduate Fellowship offers a tuition-free semester abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during the spring semester of your junior year. Throughout the program, fellows explore Israeli society and politics, engage with Jewish ideas about leadership, and learn about exciting career opportunities.

Fellows also become eligible to apply for a graduate school fellowship – in the sum of $30,000 per year – to gain a graduate degree that will set you on a path of service to the Jewish community.

 

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