Shlicha and garden build community for JCC Summer Camps

Shlicha and garden build community for JCC Summer Camps

The staff of the Jewish Community Center’s Summer Camp is not content to keep doing the things that have made the program so successful in the past. They’re committed to continuing to build on that success and have raised the bar even higher for summer 2013.

The traditional camp programs, Camp Keff and J-Tots, will include swim lessons, arts and crafts, sports and music. But the programs also will include activities centered around the community garden.

“We’re focusing on continuing to build high quality programs with different themes and activities that go with the themes each week,” said Camp Director Julie Hollander. “There will also be new Shabbat programming on Fridays.”

The biggest news this year is the JCC will have a shlicha this summer. Dikla Alegra Levi will serve the Louisville community as an emissary from Israel, and she will participate actively in all summer camp programs. She will connect with the campers and create engaging programming that introduces them to Israeli culture.

The JCC is also expanding its specialty camp offerings. “We’re partnering with the Speed Museum to do art camps here,” Hollander said, “and we’re partnering with the University of Louisville to do two camps at the U of L astronomy lab and a writing camp.”

The Trek 46 camp will travel to Camp Livingston in Cincinnati, OH, this year to give youngsters a taste of Jewish overnight camping.

Hollander is also enthusiastic about the camp staff. “Mike Stekloff is running Camp Keff,” she said, “and he will be putting his own twist on the different activities. Rachel Lipkin is running Trek 46, the counselor-in-training program and some middle school camps. She’s also bringing in more Jewish programming. Angie Hiland is running J-Tots Camp.”

Download your copy of the Summer Camp brochure and application forms at or stop by the JCC to pick up your copy.


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