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REGISTER FOR CAMP J MIAMI 2020
At Summer Camp at the J we introduce your child to new experiences while creating friendships in a fun and safe environment. We strive to build confidence, stretch imaginations and teach new skills. Your camper will get to experience summer-time favorites, like sports, art, swim instruction, weekly field trips, and lots more, led by our highly trained and selectively chosen counselors. We welcome campers from all backgrounds, and emphasize Jewish values, like tzedekah (giving back) and kehillah (community).
Fill out this form to request information on Summer Camp or Contact the Camp Office at 305.271.9000 x271
Brochure, Fees, Forms and Contact Information
2020 Camp J registration is online only
Summer Camp Overview
Only at our Camp J Miami will you find an exceptionally qualified staff and high quality programming led by Camp & Inclusion Director, Nikki Fernandez.
Summer Camp 2020 Dates:
General Camp Program
TEENOKIM “Babies” | Infants-1 after 8/31/20
NITZANIM “Young Ones” | 1 year by 8/31/20
K’TANIM “Little Ones” | 2 years by 8/31/20
CHAVERIM “Friends” | 3 years old by 8/31/20
YELADIM “Children” | 4 years old by 8/31/20
KADIMA "Children" | Entering Kindergarten
SABRA "Native Israeli" | Campers Entering Grade 1
BONIM "Builders" | Campers Entering Grade 2
HALUTZIM "Pioneers" | Campers Entering Grade 3
TSOFIM "Scouts" | Campers entering Grade 4-5
RISHONIM "First" | Campers Entering Grade 6-8
A Day in the Life of an ECD Camper
Every week at Camp J Miami is filled with music, art, sports, sensory play, scientific discovery, cooking, stories, friendship and so much more all with a fun weekly theme! Your child will get to explore new things and engage in developmentally appropriate activities in our APPLE accredited program while being well cared for by our experienced staff.
Experienced certified teachers lead each ECD camp group. Together they create an environment specifically designed to promote socialization, language development and creativity for our youngest campers.
TEENOKIM "Babies" | Infants - 1yr. after 8/31
NITZANIM "Young Ones" | Toddler - 1 yr. before 8/31
K’TANIM "Little Ones" | 2 years old by 8/31
What's Exciting in TEENOKIM, NITZANIM and K’TANIM
Experienced certified teachers lead each TEENOKIM, NITZANIM and K’TANIM camp group. Together they create an environment specifically designed to promote socialization, language development and creativity for our youngest campers
• Arts & crafts • Cooking • Creative Movement / Dance • Music & rhythm • Dance Time • Gymnastics • Judaic programs • Indoor play • Outdoor games • Water/splash activities • Weekly themes • Storytelling • Hands-on projects • Special events • Shows • Character visits
CHAVERIM "Friends" | 3 years old
YELADIM "Children" | 4 years old
What's Exciting In CHAVERIM & YELADIM:
Contact ECD: Contact the Early Childhood Development Center to register for ECD Camp at 305.271.9000 x301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp J Miami Overview (Kadima-Rishonim)
Every day is something new at Camp J Miami…No two days are alike!
This summer, adventures abound as we explore everything camp has to offer. Camp J Miami is a safe, fun, and caring environment that offers youth entering grades K-8 the opportunity to enjoy the traditional day camp experience. From daily Flag Pole to specialist programming, your campers will enjoy a wide variety of activities led by trained and experienced staff and designed to give them a summer experience unlike any other.
KADIMA "Forward" | Entering Kindergarten
SABRA "Native Israeli" | Campers Entering 1st Grade
What's Exciting In KADIMA & SABRA:
BONIM "Builders" | Campers Entering 2nd Grade
HALUTZIM "Pioneers" | Campers Entering 3rd Grade
What's Exciting In BONIM & HALUTZIM:
TSOFIM "Scouts" | Campers entering 4th-5th Grades
TSOFIM campers, twice a week, travel to interesting South Florida destinations.
What's Exciting In TSOFIM:
• Instructional American Red Cross swim readiness program (3x per week) led by fully trained Water Safety Instructors in the year-round chilled/heated 25 yard pool • Adventure trips in the tri-county area • Basketball • Football • Chugim (choice) Time program • Arts & crafts • Ceramics • Chess • Computers • Jewelry making • STEM • Multi-media Art • Nature • Rocketry • Music • Cooking
RISHONIM "First" | Campers Entering 6th-8th Grade
RISHONIM campers travel to interesting locations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Terrific trips with skill instruction include canoeing, ice skating, bowling and more.
Each session, there is one overnight trip to a fantastic destination spot such as Orlando, Tampa or Rapids Water Park in West Palm Beach.
RISHONIM campers travel twice a week to interesting locations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Terrific trips with skill instruction include canoeing, ice skating, trampoline parks and more.
Second Session there will be an overnight trip to the fantastic Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Not included in tuition price for regular or The Children's Trust (TCT) pricing. Addidional Fee of $150 applies.
What's Exciting In RISHONIM:
Whether it is getting first-class tennis instruction, performing on a theatre stage, or learning the art of gymnastics, Camp J Miami specialty camps are a great way to have fun while gaining a specialized skill. Our camps provide professional focused instruction, which results in fun with learning, mixed in. Let this be a summer of fun and recreation.
HABIMAH "Performing Arts Camp" | Campers entering grades 3-8
Lights, Camera, Action! HABIMAH campers expand their horizons and artistic potential in dance, drama, art, set and costume design and music. Under the guidance of our highly trained and talented staff, campers are immersed in a high level, 4-week production schedule filled with rehearsals, set designing, and a final musical performance at the end of each session.
Habimah campers travel on several field trips throughout the summer, attend Intensive Workshops in various styles of dance and participate in many JCC camp special events, including late nights. In addition to the arts, campers participate in an instructional swim program three times per week.
Ballet • Lyrical • Drama • Jazz • Hip Hop • Make-Up Artistry • Musical theater • Painting & Drawing • Set Design • Tap • Swim - instructional and recreational • Costume Design
MACCABI "Sports Camp" | Campers entering grades 2-8
Designed for children who love sports and want to advance their skills in a fun and supportive camp environment. At this camp, campers will work to develop their athletics skills, learn and compete in a variety of sports and games, participate in team building exercises, and learn the value and importance of sportsmanship. The program has a strong emphasis on incorporating Jewish values and the life skills learned through sports. Sports alternate each week and will include: Basketball, Football, Soccer, Floor Hockey, and Lacrosse. Maccabi will be participating in tournaments and All-Star weeks while the rest of the Camp J Miami community cheers them on.
• Instructional American Red Cross Swim Program led by fully trained Water Safety Instructors in the year-round chilled/heated 25 yard pool • Baseball • Basketball • Soccer • Wiffle Ball • Field trips • Football • Garage Band Video/Music Production • Chugim (choice) Time (over 40 activity options) • Late night (optional each session) • Martial Arts • Rocketry
HADRACHA "Leader In Training" - LIT | Entering grade 9
HADRACHA combines leadership training with a fun camp experience. LITs will work with campers and travel on field trips or participate in leadership and team building programs for 2 days. LITS will participate in mitzvah ("good deed") projects and trips. Additionally, one day will be spent at the JCC working on camp wide special events programming, and spending time with campers.
An interview process and acceptance is required for admission into the LIT program. 80 Community Service hours will be awarded for each 4-week session. Please contact Lene Saeger, 305.271.9000 x271, to schedule an interview.
MADRICH "Counselor In Training"- CIT | Entering grade 10
Madrich CITs assist in camp groups and learn hands on skills as well as knowledge gained in leadership training sessions. A $100 stipend is given and 160 Community Service hours are awarded for each 4-week session. An interview is required for admission into the CIT program. Please contact Lene Saeger, 305.271.9000 x271, to schedule an interview. CIT staff requirement: 8 weeks preferred. Consideration will be given to 4-week applicants on an availability basis.
BECOME A CAMP SPONSOR
Your tax-deductable contribution will enable deserving children the opportunity to attend camp through the Ed Rosen Camp Scholarship Fund. Sponsorship has its privileges, including your company name appearing on signs during the camp season at the three pick-up and drop-off locations. You will also be recognized on our website and in Alper JCC publications.
For more information on becoming a camp sponsor, contact Ann Horenstein at 305.271.9000 x253.
2020 Camp Sponsors coming soon...
Nicole Fernandez, Camp & Inclusion Director
Nikki was raised in Miami and began her journey at the Alper JCC as a camper. Nikki previously worked as the Habimah Drama specialist, LIT supervisor and Inclusion Director before happily accepting the position of the Youth and Camp Director. Nikki received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. She is also a certified Teacher in K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Special education. Before joining us full-time, Nikki worked for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Not only has Nikki grown up at our J, her sister and cousins have shared similar journeys attending ECD and attending our camp throughout their youth. She has shared all of her special memories with her nephew, who is also a “JCC lifer”. Nikki is looking forward to this next chapter of her JCC experience and considers our campus her home, and the Alper J Summer Camp her “Happy Place”!
Jenine Simon, Assistant Camp Director & Director of Youth and After School Programming
Jenine Horwich Simon was born and raised in Miami starting her Alper JCC journey in our preschool. She attended the Alper JCC Summer Camp every summer and continued as a counselor until she had her own children. Jenine has worked as a Kadima and Sabra supervisor for two summers while her 3 daughters attended our camp preschool. Jenine has a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida and has been a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for 14 years! She is very excited to be the Assistant Camp Director ensuring that our “Camp J” is the best camp, not only for her own children but for every child that attends our amazing program.
Michelle Appelrouth Rader, Camp & Youth Curriculum Director
Michelle was born and raised in Miami and has been a part of the Jewish community throughout her life. Michelle was raised and grew up at the J and even met her husband, Josh, at the Alper JCC Summer Camp. Michelle received her Bachelors in Family and Child Science from Florida State University and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She received her Florida Teaching Certificate in Family and Consumer Science and Preschool Education in July 2005 and also worked as a Mental Health Counselor with children aged 0-5. Michelle has previously worked as the Director at various preschools as well as a high school teacher throughout Miami Dade County Public schools specializing in training future Early Childhood Educators. Over the years, Michelle has held multiple roles in camp including LIT, CIT, Jr. Counselor, Sr. Counselor, Supervisor and Specialist. Michelle and Josh have three children, Harlee, Micah and Sawyer, who have all attended ECD and attend our summer camp!