When was the last time you left a Zoom meeting and said “That was zAWESOME”?
Camp Birthright Israel is a 3-hour experiential training that models community-building while allowing participants to dive deep into affinity topics all through an Israel lens. Whether you've staffed 10 trips or hope to staff your first this winter, come expand your leadership capacity – both on the bus and online – and gain fresh inspiration to deepen your connection to Israel and one another. Like a Birthright Israel experience, Camp Birthright Israel will take you through a shared journey with large-group experiences and small-group connections. Choose two elective blocks to sharpen your leadership skills, and learn how to design bus culture, hone facilitation skills, explore Jewish content – all while building a peer staff community.
Join distinguished leaders from The iCenter and Trybal Gatherings for an experiential, Birthright Israel and camp-style gathering that trains you to harness critical skills in group facilitation and community-building. You’ll walk away with inspiration, tools, and modalities that can profoundly engage your Birthright Israel communities.
CONSULTANT, THE ICENTER
DIRECTOR OF COMM. &
OUTREACH, THE ICENTER
jon adam ross
Sunday, August 16, 1:00 - 4:00 PM EST
1:00 - 1:05 pm | Check In
1:05 - 1:30 pm | Orientation
1:30 - 1:45 pm | Bunk Time 1
1:45 - 2:30 pm | Elective Period 1
2:25 - 2:30 pm | Snack Break
2:30 - 3:15 pm | Elective Period 2
3:15 - 3:25 pm | Bunk Time 2
3:25 - 3:45 pm | Closing Circle & Awards Ceremony
As a Jewish professional looking to create new ways of connecting virtually, the workshops provide me with ideas for refreshing my own communal programs and I can’t wait to share them with my home community.
Sr. Young Adult Engagement Associate, JUF
Birthright Israel Fellow & iFellow, staffed 7 trips
Are you currently running online programs? This is for you. 👍🏻 Are you planning to run online programs in the future? This is for you. ✨ Are you a TikTok influencer with 2M followers? Mazels. This is still for you. 🏆 Whether you work at a JCC, Federation, day school, pre-school, synagogue, foundation, summer camp, Moishe House, think tank, start-up or are just brushing up your resumé… this is for you. ⚡️
It’s also for your team. We deeply believe in the value of cross-function collaboration. That's why we’re lowering the price for colleagues who register from the same org. It’ll be like going on a team offsite from your living room! 🌴
HOW to JOIN
Read the elective descriptions below and rank your top choices. You will be given two of your top four choices.
Register online by Thursday, August 13 at 11:59 pm ET. Spaces are limited! Electives are assigned first-come first-serve.
Receive a confirmation email with your schedule, packing list, and login link instructions.
Log on at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday, August 16 for the opening ceremony!
WHO's it FOR?
Camp Birthright Israel is designed for current and future North American madrichim. Have you ever led a Birthright Israel trip or plan to in the coming year? This is for you. 👍🏻 Do you miss Israel and are seeking inspiration to reengage your alumni? This is for you. ✨ Do you plan to staff a trip this fall or winter and are looking to build your leadership skills? This is for you. ⚡️ Are you a Birthright Israel Fellow or hope to apply to be one in the future? This is also for you! 🏆
75 minutes of “Behind the curtain” training & simulation
Two 45-min electives to expand your skills toolkit
Community-building and connection with madrichim across North America
what'S it COST?
Camp Birthright Israel is free of charge.
Please note that acceptance into
this experience is contingent upon
approval by Birthright Israel.
READY FOR CAMP?
Grab a bag of Bamba and register now to save your spot at Camp Birthright Israel! Registration is open until Thursday, August 13, 11:59 pm EST, or until spaces run out. Spots are limited and electives are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register now!
Camp Birthright Israel
Sunday, August 16, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 pm ET
in partnership with
Stretch your thinking by learning how to facilitate difficult or controversial topics. Gain techniques to diffuse reactive conversations and tips to guide dialogue that’s gone off course, whether socially or educationally. This session offers skills valuable in any Israel-related setting.
Rituals & Shabbat
Jon Adam Ross
Learn ways to elevate the Shabbat experience by making this sacred time feel meaningful among diverse participants. No matter whether you’re in Jerusalem or up north, in a hotel room or outdoors, we’ll explore ways to learn into the environment and create ritual that can transform your group’s Shabbat experience.
Israelis are a powerful part of any Birthright Israel experience and offer a personal opportunity to create lifelong connections to Israel’s people, history, and culture. Learn to leverage a relational approach that can create a seamless community within your group and the Israelis that join.
Explore strategies to set the tone and energy of the room (or bus). Learn how to enhance your presence in any environment. We'll focus on facilitation techniques to help people think, act and speak in a group, and methods to make tie-in sessions personal, meaningful, and memorable.
Advanced Zice Breakers
Build your arsenal of group ice breakers! Learn back-pocket activities to use throughout your trip: at the airport, on the bus, time-fillers, evening programs or more. While also fun, these tools will help creatively pivot topics, and captivate your group's attention... all while amplifying your community-building goals.
Team Building on the Go
Learn activities, rituals, and tricks to turn a group of “40 perfect strangers” into a family. Beginning with community-building before the trip starts to the last hug goodbye, learn best practices in building a group culture that has a lifelong impact.
Opening the Door
Creating a sense of trust in your group early on will nurture openness, respect, and productive vulnerability. Learn how to accelerate group cohesion that can allow for deeper conversation. These techniques will encourage your participants to think, act, and speak honestly, deeply, and safely throughout their journey.
45 minutes each