Board Members – Do NOT Attend #JCampConf!

Larry Cohen (far left) at the 2017 #JCampConf with Marsha Rothpan, winner of the Outstanding Development Professional Award that year, and other attendees from Shalom Institute/JCA Camp Shalom

Dear Fellow Camp Board Members,
As a Jewish Camp Board member at the Shalom Institute here in Malibu, I want to encourage you to not attend the JCamp 180 conference. Trust me, I speak from experience. I was once like many board members: sort of involved, reluctant to raise money, thinking I knew enough to just get the job done. Life was easy.
After attending my first JCamp conference I walked away so invigorated, so excited about all that I had learned that I threw myself 100% into making our board and our camp the best it could be. I saw first-hand what innovative programs other camps around the country were doing. I learned from experienced board members what worked, how it worked, and how we could use that at our camp. It was an open, friendly sharing of best practices.
The following year I attended with more board members and they came back just as excited, and it recommitted our entire board to push ourselves harder. Each year more board members attend and the energy and ideas they bring back energizes the rest of the group. And don’t forget one additional bonus: the unique camaraderie gained by traveling and learning together.
So unless that's what you're looking for, and you're ready to disrupt the status quo and take your board to a higher level, don't waste your time with this conference. You can thank me later.
Larry Cohen
Vice President of the Board
Shalom Institute/JCA Camp Shalom

P.S. Registration for the 2019 JCamp 180 Annual Conference will open later in August.

Who we are: JCamp 180 is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF). Our goal is to significantly enhance the long-term effectiveness of nonprofit Jewish camps in North America. To meet this goal, we provide affiliated Jewish camps with consulting services, annual conferences, shared resources, professional development, and matching grant opportunities. Find more at