Reseach from the Field

Jewish Education



With a $10.2 million combined investment from the AVI CHAI Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation (the funders), the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) incubated four new Jewish specialty camps from October 2012 through November 2016, turning ideas into actual, functioning camps.

The funders engaged Informing Change in October 2012 to design and implement a five-year evaluation of this second cohort of FJC’s Specialty Camps Incubator (the Incubator). Informing Change evaluated the extent to which the new camps developed the capacities needed to run strong summer programs, deliver intended camper outcomes, become sustainable nonprofit entities, and expand the number of Jewish youth attending camp. The evaluation findings are based on surveys from campers and parents, as well as interviews, site visits, observations, and materials reviews.

The Hard Work Behind the Magic of Camp: Results & Learnings from the FJC Specialty Camps Incubator II, Informing Change, August 2017

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The purpose of this qualitative research project was to understand the Moishe House Peer-Led Retreat Program and to gain insight into further improvements to be made to the existing model.  The Peer-Led Retreat Program currently recruits and equips Jewish young adults with the skills to lead a weekend Jewish retreat for a group of their peers. Data for this research were gathered during the 2016 calendar year through review of nine responses to a written feedback survey designed and administered by Moishe House, and through phone interviews conducted by the Jim Joseph Foundation with five retreat facilitators and two retreat participants.  The common themes that emerged were used to organize and frame the insights, recommendations, and questions below.

Moishe House Peer-Led Retreats - Interview Highlights and Insights, August 2017

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JFNAMoving at the Speed of Now - Resources from Chip Edelsberg's 2014 JFNA Presentation

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From First Fruits to Abundant Harvest: Maximizing the Potential of Innovative Jewish Start-Ups by Bikkurim: an Incubator for New Jewish Ideas, March 2012

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People of the Book, Community of Action: A Special Issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service by Repair the World, March 2012.

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Defining Israel Education by Bethamie Horowitz, January 2012

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Engaging Jewish Teens: A Study of New York Teens, Parents and Practitioners by Amy L. Sales, Nicole Samuel, Alexander Zablotsky, November 2011

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Mapping the Landscape: The Emerging Field of Israel Education by the iCenter, August 2011

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Volunteering + Values: A Repair the World Report on Jewish Young Adults by Fern Chertok, Joshua Tobias, Shirah Rosin, and MatthewBoxer, Jim Gerstein, June 2011

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The DeLeT Alumni Survey: A Comprehensive Report on the Journey of Beginning Day School Teachers by Eran Tamir, Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Rebecca Silvera-Sasson, Jacob Cytryn, August 2010.

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The Jim Joseph Foundation invests in promising Jewish education grant initiatives. We partner with effective organizations that seek to inspire young people to discover the joy of living vibrant Jewish lives.