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Summer Camp


Summer Camp 2019: June 17 – August 9 


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 or X273

Brochure, Fees, Forms and Contact Information

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NEW THIS YEAR - 2019 Camp J registration is online only 
No more paper registration forms! For questions or more information about Summer Camp, please contact the Camp Office at 305.271.9000 x271 or x273

Summer Camp Overview

Only at our Camp J Miami will you find an exceptionally qualified staff and high quality programming led by Youth & Camp Director Nikki Fernandez

Summer Camp 2019 Dates: June 17 – Aug. 9

1st Session June 17 - July 12
Week 1 June 17-21
Week 2 June 24-28
Week 3 July 1-5 (no camp on July 4)
Week 4 July 8-12

2nd Session July 15 – August 9
Week 5 July 15-19
Week 6 July 22-26
Week 7 July 29-August 2
Week 8 August 5-9


What's New?

• New Camp Schedules
• Revamped Habimah (Performing Arts) Programs
• Maccabi Sports Leagues
• Brand New Alper J Swim Club Curriculum
• J Tennis Camp
• Chugim (Choice Time)
• Two Shirts Per Camper
• Mitzvah (Good Deed) Mondays – Community service projects

Camp Hours: 9am to 4pm

Early & Late Care Available at an additional cost
Early Care: 7:30am - 9am / Late Care: 4pm - 6pm

Featured Activities 

  • Children ages 3 and older receive swim lessons in our Jr. Olympic size pool. Swim program includes instruction and age-appropriate water games (Children must be toilet trained).
  • Over 40 Chugim (choice) Time activities.
  • Adventure Camp for Tsofim and Rishonim which includes challenging skill building trips.
  • Specialty Camps including: Sports (Maccabi), Performing Arts (Habimah), Tennis & Robotics.
  • A high level computer program.
  • Late Night Adventures during each session of camp.
  • Team building programs that promote good sportsmanship and cooperation.
  • Specialists: highly trained professionals who instruct in nature & science, visual & performing arts, and sports, which include baseball, tennis, basketball, soccer, football and martial arts.
  • Ruach-extraordinary spirit led by Camp J music directors.
  • An Inclusion Program for campers with special needs. 
  • Special events for all campers.


$99 ALL-INCLUSIVE JCC SUMMER MEMBERSHIP FOR NEW CAMP FAMILIES AND $199 FOR RETURNING CAMP FAMILIES*: While your kids enjoy camp, the entire family can enjoy the JCC’s 23-acre campus, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, sauna and steam room, Jr. Olympic-sized pool, basketball gym, racquetball courts, tennis courts, and free childcare while using the fitness center. All Alper JCC summer camp families must have a Family Annual Membership or join the Alper JCC as a Camp Family Member through Aug. 31, 2019. Call Alper JCC Membership Services at 305.271.9000 x235 for more info. $99 offer is for new camp families only. Membership fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full at time of registration.


What Makes Us Special?

• Unique 23 acre campus with 15,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned gymnasium
• Outdoor chilled/heated 25 yard pool
• Three age-appropriate playgrounds
• Computer lab
• Fully equipped art and ceramic studio
• Professional theater
• Seven hard surface tennis courts
• Teaching kitchen
• Two dance/fitness studio
• Staff are all trained in safety, behavior management, conflict resolution, and group dynamics
• Strong sense of community through facilitating relationships that last a lifetime
• The social and emotional growth that our campers experience and life skills that they take away
• Jewish values that are common across many religions give our campers a deeper connection to our culture, values, and traditions

Jewish Community

• Building Jewish identity
• Hands-on Judaism through art, music, dance and drama
• Jewish values
• Ruach - extraordinary spirit led by Israeli counselor
• Shlichim, Israeli counselors
• Weekly Shabbat programs
• Mitzvah program (Good Deeds) 

Special Events

• Weekly Special Events
• Weekly Theme Dress Up Days
• Tzofim Israeli Souts
• July 4th Cookout
• Israel Day
• Maccabiah (Color War) 


  • Camp Director Nikki Fernandez and talented and fun-loving staff
  • Full-time camp nurse
  • High return of staff each year
  • JCC Fitness Center professionals
  • Low camper to counselor ratio
  • Specialists - highly trained professionals instruct nature and science, visual and performing arts, and sports
  • Staff are trained in group dynamics, child development, building self-esteem and peer relationships
  • Staff members have completed Miami-Dade County background checks
  • Alper J Swim Club Aquatics program
  • Alper JCC Soccer program 

Chugim (Choice) Time Activities

• 3-D Multi Media Art • Adventures in Art • Artistic Accessories • Arts and Crafts • Baseball • Basketball • Cardio Fitness/Nutrition • Cardio Fitness • Aerobics/ Indoor Cycling • Cardio Vascular Training • Ceramics or Wheel throwing • Cheerleading • Chess • Computers • Drama or Summer Stock • Field Games • Football • Gourmets in the Kitchen • Hip Hop/Jazz • Jewelry Making • Kids Cuisine • Martial Arts • Nature • Painting and Drawing • Robotics • Rocketry • Science Wizardry • Soccer • Spinning • Swim/Pool Games • Tennis • Water Polo • Watercolor • Woodworking • and more!

Fully Inclusive Camp

JCC Summer Camp strives to create the most inclusive and supportive environment for children of all abilities. We enthusiastically welcome children and teens with developmental disabilities and/or physical challenges in all camp programs. Children in the inclusion program may have accommodations made and receive special assistance from a facilitator. All applicants must complete an individualized assessment to determine whether the program will meet the needs of each prospective camper. For more info, contact Youth & Camp Director and Inclusion Director Nikki Fernandez at 305.271.9000 x273 or

Peanut and Tree Nut Aware Camp

Campers may bring their own lunches daily, clearly marked with their name. We request that camp families not send any lunch or snacks to camp to camp with nuts in the ingredients. Alper JCC provides non-dairy drinks and snacks. An optional Kosher lunch program is available for purchase. 

Important Dates

Late Night / SESSION 1: June 26 | SESSION 2: July 31
July 3 / 4th of July Parade & Carnival
July 5 / All Camp BBQ
Family Shabbat / SESSION 1: July 12 | SESSION 2:  August 2
Habimah Show / SESSION 1: July 10 | SESSION 2:  August 7

Not Jewish? No problem!

Whether you are Jewish, Jew-ish, and/or just want to be part of a community that is open to everyone, we're #YourJEveryDay!

General Camp Program

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 • 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:
• Daily instructional American Red Cross swim readiness program led by fully trained Water Safety Instructors in the year-round chilled/heated 25 yard pool • Arts & crafts • Art room • Physical education • Judaic activities • Nature • Music • Creative movement/dance • Gymnastics • Cooking • Soccer program • Special events and costume days • Weekly themes

Contact ECD: Contact the Early Childhood Development Center to register for ECD Camp at 305.271.9000


KADIMA "Forward" | Entering Kindergarten

SABRA "Native Israeli" | Campers Entering 1st Grade

What's Exciting In KADIMA & SABRA:
• Daily instructional American Red Cross swim readiness program led by fully trained Water Safety Instructors in the year-round chilled/heated 25 yard pool • Skill-oriented variety of physical education programs including: Kickball, basketball, outdoor games and martial arts • Arts & crafts • Judaic activities • Nature • Music • Gymnastics • Robotics • Soccer program • Chugim (choice) Time (over 40 options) • Ruach (Jewish Spirit) • Drama • Cooking • Israeli dancing • Special events and dress up days • Field trips • Optional late night each session (Sabra Only)


BONIM "Builders" | Campers Entering 2nd Grade

HALUTZIM "Pioneers" | Campers Entering 3rd Grade

What's Exciting In BONIM & HALUTZIM:
• Daily instructional American Red Cross swim readiness program led by fully trained Water Safety Instructors in the year-round chilled/heated 25 yard pool • Complete skill-oriented physical education program including: Kickball, basketball and outdoor games • Expanded Chugim (choice) Time program (over 40 options) • Cooking • Music • Drama • Arts & crafts • Computers • Nature programs/hands-on discovery • Fishing • Robotics • Rocketry • Ruach (Jewish spirit)  • Late Night each session • Field trips to exciting locations

Adventure Camps

TSOFIM "Scouts" | Campers entering 4th-5th Grades

TSOFIM campers, twice a week, travel to interesting South Florida destinations.

What's Exciting In TSOFIM:

 • Daily instructional American Red Cross swim readiness program 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 (over 40 activity options) • Arts & crafts • Ceramics • Chess • Computers • Jewelry making • Lego/K'nex construction • Multi-media Art • Garage Band Video/Music Production • Robotics • Rocketry • Ruach (Jewish spirit) • Website design 


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. 

What's Exciting In RISHONIM:

 • Daily instructional American Red Cross swim readiness program 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 (over 40 activity options) • Arts & crafts • Ceramics • Chess • Computers • Circuit training/ Indoor Cycling • Jewlery making • Lego/K'nex construction • Multi-media art • Garage Band Video/Music Production • Robotics • Rocketry • Ruach (Jewish spirit) • Website design 

Specialty Camps

HABIMAH "Performing Arts Camp" | Campers entering grades 2-8

Lights, Camera, Action! HABIMAH campers expand their horizons and artistic potential in dance, drama, art 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.

What's Exciting In HABIMAH

Habimah campers travel on several field trips throughout the summer and participate in many JCC camp special events, including late nights. In addition to the arts, campers participate in fitness activities, an instructional water games program and an expanded Chugim (choice) Time program including Hip-Hop, cheerleading, skit making, jazz and more.

• Ballet - Lyrical • Drama • Jazz I & II • Make Up Artistry • Musical theater • Painting & Drawing • Set Design • Tap • Swim - instructional and recreational • Garage Band Video/Music Production


MACCABI "Sports Camp" | Campers entering grades 2-8

 SPORTS CAMP is an in-depth, state-of-the-art athletic experience designed for boys and girls. Under the guidance of our certified, professional staff, campers participate in a  wide variety of sports using the Alper JCC’s outstanding facilities. Campers are grouped according to age and participate in activities with their bunkmates.

 What's Exciting In SPORTS CAMP:

 • Daily 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 • Fitness/Cardio-Vascular & Strength Training (6th - 8th grades) • Football • Garage Band Video/Music Production • Chugim (choice) Time (over 40 activity options) • Late night (optional each session) • Martial Arts • Rocketry • Indoor Cycling (6th - 8th grades)


ROBOTICS | Campers entering grades 3-5

Award-winning robotics team from Yerucham, Israel Campers are engaged through science, engineering, technology, creativity, imagination and design, learning to prepare for the future. Campers build their own robots and then use a computer to program instructions for the robot to accomplish a pre-determined mission. The award winning robotics program from Yerucham, Israel, offers hands-on projec-based learning approach to teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).


TENNIS CAMP | Campers entering grades 1-8

The summer months are the best time of the year to work on your tennis game! Schools out and kids make the biggest gains in their games, coordination, fitness & over all comradery during Tennis Camp. Mornings are designed with specific focus on different technical aspects of the game each day. Our younger campers can practice tennis skills indoors in the gymnasium, and then join the other camp groups with a variety of activities. The older more dedicated tennis campers hit the courts in the afternoons for more competitive point & competition scenarios. 


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.

Camp Sponsors



Your Tax eductable contribution will enable deserving children the opportunity to attend camp through the Ed Rosen Camp Scholorship 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

2019 Camp Sponsors coming soon...

Camp Staff

Click here to apply for a Camp J Miami Summer Camp staff position

Nicole Fernandez, Youth and Camp 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

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!


Amanda Golzbein, Camp Operations Manager

Amanda grew up at the Alper JCC, starting in preschool and camp and developing into a counselor and supervisor.  She has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and has worked with JCC Summer Camps for more than 10 years.  Amanda is also an active preschool parent at the ECD and a teacher at Ben Gamla Kendall.   She is looking forward to working with this fabulous camp team and can't wait to continue the tradition of amazing summers at the J! 



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