Three Takes on Jewish Overnight Camps
                                                                                                   May 2015
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JData in the Field

June 3: Amy Sales will be in Chicago to present current-year data on the community's congregational schools. Alongside Rabbi Scott Aaron, executive director of the Community Foundation for Jewish Education, she will work with the schools and the community to understand current status and future opportunities.

June 9-11: Amy Sales and Nicole Samuel will be at the Network for Research in Jewish Education Conference in New York. Join Amy for two panels on June 10: "The Evolving Relationship between Jewish Education and Psychology" at 9 a.m., and "The Conflict Looms Large: Israel and Israel Education in a Time of Conflict" at 1:45 p.m.

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We Can't Make Bricks without Clay

In "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches," detective Sherlock Holmes, frustrated by the challenges of his investigation, decries: "Data! Data! Data! I can't make bricks without clay!"


Being in the business of data, we at JData know that this is a sentiment shared by many leaders and decision-makers. Data are the basic building blocks of analysis. We need data to truly know and understand our organizations and communities.




Same, Changed, New----Three Takes on Jewish Overnight Camps


In each of the past five years, nonprofit Jewish overnight camps----through their association with their movements, JCamp 180 and the Foundation for Jewish Camp----have entered their data into JData. This year's report shows how camps have remained the same and how they have changed. It also includes new information about the field.


JData in Action: Foundation for Jewish Camp

In 2014, we knew that campers with disabilities were underrepresented at Jewish camps relative to their percentage in the population (only 5% of the entire camper population were children with disabilities). We also knew that we needed more specific data. We needed more specific details about the services that each camp provides: the number of campers with disabilities, their staffing support for these campers, and other relevant information. In addition, we needed the camps to report the number of campers they each served, so that we could track the growth of the field.


With the help of JData, we enter the 2015 camp season with a more data-driven view of the field.


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This summer, JData will convene focus groups to assess improvements to our website and our survey questions.


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News from JData

  • The 2015 Jewish Nonprofit Overnight Camp Top Management Salary report is now available.

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