Emma Kaufmann Camp is located along Cheat Lake in Morgantown, WV. Owned and operated by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, EKC is a co-ed residential Kosher-style camp with an emphasis on Jewish values, informal education, Shabbat celebrations and premiere programming & activities. This child-centered environment includes campers ages 7 to 16, attending 8, 7, 4, 3, 2 or 1 week sessions, which includes our First Experience and Specialty Camps.
4 weeks - (Session I) June 15 – July 11
2 weeks - (Sabra Aleph) June 15 – June 27 (campers entering 2nd – 6th grades)
3 weeks - (Session II) July 13 – August 3
1 week - (First Experience) August 4 – August 10 (campers entering 2nd – 5th grades)
1 week - (Specialty Camps) August 4 – August 10 (focus on Outdoor Adventure, Land Sports, Arts & Crafts, Gymnastics/Dance, Waterskiing, or Horseback Riding)
For more information and to register please call (412) 521-8011 ext. 318.
Aaron brings a wealth of experience to his duties at Emma Kaufmann Camp. A native of Rochester, New York, Cantor has a Bachelor of Science in Camp Management and Outdoor Recreation from the State University of New York at Cortland. He has served as an overnight camp director for nearly ten years, first at the Capital District YMCA Camp Chingachgook in New York and then at Camp Seneca Lake, a resident camp owned and operated by the Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester. Most recently, Aaron served as senior director of youth services at the Rochester JCC. He is a current fellow in the JCC Association and Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Lechu Lachem Camp Director Leadership Program. Aaron also serves as a board member of the New York State Camp Directors Association and the American Camp Association local council of leaders for Upstate New York. Aaron and his wife, Amanda, are the proud parents of two elementary school daughters.
Associate Director | Rachel Speck
Rachael’s experience in camping is extensive, including 7 years of informal Jewish education and 15 summers at Emma Kaufmann Camp. She has held positions at EKC as a Bunk Counselor, Assistant Teen Unit Head, CIT (Counselor-In-Training) Unit Head, and as Operations Coordinator where she was involved in camp management, program development and staff engagement. Additionally, Rachael has held positions at J&R Day Camp as a Unit Head, where she supervised over 80 campers and staff, and assisted with all camp programming and daily activities. Most recently, Rachael served as the Young Adult Division Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, where her duties included fundraising, leadership development, programming, budgeting and planning efforts for the Young Adult Division, and where she formed effective partnerships with volunteers, committees and partnering organizations. Before working at the Federation, she served as the Children, Teen & Family Program Coordinator at the JCC in Pittsburgh where she supervised the after school program and managed daily and weekend programs. At camp, she assists in the day-to-day operations and management of camp in the form of staff hiring and supervision, camper well-being, facility, and program development. During the winter months, Rachael lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Alex.
"Hosting Shlichim during the summers remains a wonderful experience for our family. Each year we meet dynamic and fascinating young Israelis with whom we maintain contact long after the summer has gone. Our kids are the greatest beneficiaries of the experience, finding in the Shlichim individuals who they come to regard as older siblings. It is an event we look forward to every year with good reason and plan on continuing for years to come."
- Soberman Family, The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp, Prosserman JCC
Connecting with Israel
“Although it was so new, Israel brought upon me a familiar sense of belonging much like what I feel at Camp Chi every summer. The ability to be in a place where one feels so free and proud to be a Jew is a feeling that makes me so proud to be involved in my Jewish heritage.”
- Joshua Krawitz, 17, Camp Chi, JCC Chicago