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JCC Association is the continental umbrella organization for the Jewish Community Center Movement, which includes more than 350 JCCs, YM-YWHAs, and camp sites in the U.S. and Canada. JCC Association offers a wide range of services and resources to help its affiliates to provide educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building, and recreational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. JCC Association supports the largest network of Jewish early childhood centers and Jewish summer camps in North America, and is also a U.S. government accredited agency for serving the religious and social needs of Jewish military personnel through JWB Jewish Chaplains Council.JCC Association
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JCCs of North America Camp Team
Jodi Sperling, MSW
Vice President, Director of Overnight Camps, JCC Association
Contact Jodi Sperling at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jodi began as the senior consultant on overnight camps in 2015. Prior to this, she was the director of camping and The Merrin Center for Teen Engagement from 2011-2014. In this role, she provided leadership, consultation, and strategic direction to all of the JCC teen programs, day camps, and overnight camps across North America, in addition to directing the Merrin Teen Professional Fellowship.
From 2004-2011 Jodi served as the director of Camp Wise, the overnight camp of the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Jodi attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her B.A. in journalism and Jewish studies. While Jodi had extensive experience in the areas of informal Jewish education and camp, having worked at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Camp Arowhon in Ontario, Tamarack Camps in Michigan, Young Judaea in Oregon and Camp Nofim, a day camp in Portland, Oregon, her early dream was to impact Jewish communal life through journalism. It was while working as the assistant editor at Moment Magazine that Jodi was assigned an article on the impact of Jewish overnight camp and was inspired to shift her career path toward camping. After earning her MSW and certificate in Jewish communal service from the University of Michigan, Jodi became the director of Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, Washington, where she spent three summers before moving to Ohio to lead Camp Wise.
Jodi has been selected for several leadership and training fellowships, including the Institute for Informal Jewish Education at Brandeis University, the Lechu Lachem program through the Mandel Center for Jewish Education at JCC Association, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI). She was a JCC Association Graduate Scholar and has served on the faculty of Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Program, she consults and trains on various camp, youth and teen related topics.
Vice President, Director of Day Camps, JCC Association
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Aaron began as the senior consultant for day camp initiatives in 2015. Before joining the team, he was the director of JCC Camps at Medford, part of the Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, since 1999. Under his leadership, JCC Camps at Medford has earned national recognition for excellence in leadership and management and was an original part of the JCamp 180 pilot project for day camps and day camp match.
Aaron was a Mandel Center for Jewish Education TAG Team presenter, took part in the Lekhu Lakhem training seminar for day camp directors, participated in Israel Up Close, a shlichim training seminar, and has conducted professional and lay leader training seminars during JCC Association’s track at the American Camp Association’s Tri-State Conference and at JCCs of North America Professional and Biennial conferences.
Aaron has a master of social work from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his bachelor’s degree at Brandeis University. When Aaron was a camper, his mother told him that he couldn’t stay at camp his whole life. He continues to prove her wrong.
David Ackerman, PhD
Director, Mandel Center for Jewish Education, JCC Association
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David Ackerman currently is the Director of the Mandel Center for Jewish Education (MCJE) at JCC Association. He received his PhD in Special Education at UCLA and was instrumental in establishing numerous programs for Jewish children with disabilities (including the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in California). He has worked in both camp and school settings, and at all levels of Jewish education, from early childhood to graduate education. Before coming to JCC Association, David was the founding director of the Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am, and the Director of Educational Services at the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles.
David has more than 30 years of camp experience, where he has been a chef’s assistant, counselor, division head, music specialist, and program director. David has worked both in Jewish day and overnight camps, as well as in teen interfaith programs and family camps. At MCJE, David oversees Jewish Educational Leadership training programs for JCC camp directors, including Lekhu Lakhem and Israel Up Close. In addition, MCJE recruits and trains Jewish educators for overnight camps through its Chizuk program. MCJE’s largest camp-related program is TAG, which offers activity units that explore issues of daily living through a Jewish lens.
Program Coordinator for Camping Services, JCC Association
Contact Amy Grassel at email@example.com
Amy Grassel joined the camp team in June of 2016. She was a counselor at Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village, where she also attended as a camper for many years. During her time at camp, she worked as a general counselor, arts assistant and Jewish Programming Committee member. Amy developed her editorial, administrative, organizational and problem solving skills while working in publishing as a quality assurance specialist, prior to reentering the camp world. She received her BA in Psychology from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences.