Nurturing Mental, Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Health at Camp

Community of Practice & Workshop Registration (2023)

Use this registration form to sign up for workshops and gatherings about mental health at camp.

Each session-type includes a description for your review!

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Please let us know which gatherings and workshops you plan to join us for!
  • While some dates/times are tentative, the FJC team will be in touch with those who register for anything missing details once finalized.
  • If you are either not available or a particular session type is not applicable to you, you may select "n/a" or skip that question. 
  • Need to change something you registered for previously? Please contact FJC!

Community of Practice for Camp Mental Health Professionals

Workshops - Open to All
These workshops are open to anyone in the field of Jewish camp and required for Yedid Nefesh camps. They are designed for camp mental health professionals and leadership staff.

Workshops will be offered live online and be recorded - please register accordingly.

Mental Health at Camp: Anxiety - Preparing for Campers and Staff
Dr. Robbie Berg (Johns Hopkins Psychiatry, former camp professional)
Thursday, March 2nd from 1-2:30pm ET / 10am-11:30am PT

Mental Health at Camp: Anxiety - Addressing Parents/Families and Summer Crises
Tricia Stern, LCSW, MPH (VP, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Network for Jewish Human Service Agencies)

Tuesday, March 28th from 1-2:30pm ET / 10-11:30am PT

Workshops - Yedid Nefesh Required
Mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health (MESSH) at camp is the responsibility of the entire community - everyone has a role to play in building healthy Jewish camp culture. For that reason, Yedid Nefesh asks camp leadership and others to participate in yearly learning to support these holistic efforts.

In all scenarios, camps are expected to send more than one attendee to participate at the same session.

Unsure which session to register for? Read descriptions below and connect with your camp colleagues first!

Cohort 2 - your team should collectively agree upon one of the options above (do not split up)


Cohort 1 Camps
Who: Executive Director and/or Director, Development Directors, and at least one Board/Lay Leader focused on fundraising initiatives (additional camp leadership and mental health professionals are welcome but not required)
Which Session: "Sharing & Sustaining your MESSH Message: Fundraising for the Future - Part 1" (part two will take place this Fall after camp)

Cohort 2 Camps
Mandatory you choose one, but optional which!
Have new camp leadership or mental health staff, or still figuring out how to reflect on challenges and build upon successes from last summer? Join "Creating a Shared Vision" (offered as a Friday or a Monday session)
If your team thinks your camp has great systems in place and you're ready to think about sustaining this growth, join "Fundraising for the Future - Part 1"

Cohort 3 Camps
Who: Executive Director and/or Director alongside camp's Mental Health Professional (additional camp leadership, mental health professionals, and community care staff are welcome but not required)
Which Session: "Creating a Shared Vision for MESSH Success this Summer and Beyond" - offered twice, but please choose when to attend as a full team! (Friday, April 21st from 12-1:30pm ET or Monday, April 24th from 3:30-5pm ET)
Waivers & Permissions

Photo and Video Release

I do hereby give the Foundation for Jewish Camp, its third-party sponsors and partners (collectively, the "Foundation for Jewish Camp Parties") the irrevocable right to use the picture(s), portrait(s), photograph(s), video(s), and/or likeness(es) (collectively, the "images" and "videos") of myself in all forms and in all media (including, without limitation, third-party media) and in all manners, including composite or distorted representations, for any other lawful purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, I expressly agree that the rights granted in this paragraph shall include the right of the Foundation for Jewish Camp Parties to authorize third-party newspapers, magazines, websites, and other media to publish the images and videos. I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished version(s), including copies that may be created in connection therewith. I further agree that I have no right, title, and/or interest in any of the images and videos.

Please share any information regarding accessibility during online programs or other ways we can support you and your team's full participation in these experiences.

Demographic Identity Questions

FJC aims to be inclusive, committing to being welcoming and affirming to participants representing the fullness of our communities with diversity in gender, race, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, culture, class, and Jewish background/practice. 

The following demographic questions are intended to assess how we are doing at engaging members of various identities in participating in our programming. These responses, which will be kept fully confidential, will help us make decisions about our outreach, engagement, and programming efforts to ensure we are effectively serving our diverse community. 

OPTIONAL Demographic Questions

We can't wait to engage with you through the Community of Practice as part of 
Yedid Nefesh: Nurturing Mental, Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Health at Jewish Camp!

If you have any questions or concerns, please always feel welcome to connect with us:
Maryn at
Rachel at
Jill at