Dear J-Camp Families,
As we work together to overcome both worldwide and nationwide challenges, at J-Camp we are excited to continuously offer meaningful, fun and safe summer experiences for our J-Camp community. Running camp in summer 2020 was no easy feat, but we worked together with health officials, government agencies and the worldwide camp community to make sure that we could provide a safe summer camp experience. We are now building on the success of last summer to create an even more amazing experience for summer 2021. Guided by our camp values: confidence (בטחון), compassion (רחמים), curiosity (סקרנות), social responsibility (אחריות), mindfulness (זהירות) and gratitude (הכרת הטוב), we are creating opportunities for our campers to connect, grow, learn and have tons of fun!
I am looking forward to another incredible summer filled with friendships and ruach (spirit)! No matter what challenges are going on around the world, J-Camp is a home for everyone to feel welcome and part of a joyful community. We hope you will join us for another magical summer at camp. If you have any questions leading up to the summer or want to discuss if camp is the right fit for your child, please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to another amazing summer and seeing you all soon!
Dave Rosenfeld—Director of Youth and Teens
Dave has been a member of the OFJCC family for over ten years and has been lucky enough to support and experience the thrill of J-Camp ever since the summer of 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience working with children, knowing from an early age that is what he wanted to do with his professional life.
Dave and his wife live in a popular small town in the South Bay with a house full of kids, pets and snacks to keep them young. He loves to be active, and then, after being active, really loves being inactive. Having seen first-hand that it is still possible to have a fun time during summer, even with the current restrictions, Dave is enthusiastic for the kids to see what we have in store for them this year.
Rebecca Bigman—Camp Director
Rebecca is ready for anything after her first summer with the OFJCC J-Camp team! Pandemic or not, you can frequently find Rebecca singing, dancing or cheering all around camp. Camp ruach is definitely her favorite part about summer camp!
She came to California in March of 2020 after living in New York City for eight years and spending two months teaching skiing in Colorado. In her free time, she loves to play with her dog Oreo and go on lots of active adventures like hiking, biking, skiing and water sports. She also loves to dance and sing, especially Disney tunes, and is becoming known for her parody songs around campus.
Salina Barnette—Assistant Camp Director
Salina is going on her tenth summer at J-Camp. After working one summer in a camp setting, she instantly fell in love with providing untraditional education in a fun, nurturing way. She has worked in a variety of positions in camp before she became the Assistant Camp Director in 2014. Her favorite camp activity is playing GAGA and making friendship bracelets.
In her down time, Salina enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and their big German Shepherd Barley. Salina enjoys reading historical fantasy books, or shall we say listening to her books while she is out in her garden planting her favorite flowers and veggies.