October 2020 Newsletter Highlights!

October 2020 Newsletter Highlights!


A Video Message from Sara and Jared: Looking back on Summer 2020 and MOVING FORWARD

Sara and Jared


STAFF HIGHLIGHT- A Bullseye with Jack Smart!

This summer, we had the honor of working with a small, dedicated team of specialists to provide programming for both Summer Fun and Family Camp Days.  Thanks to Family Camp, parents got to see in our specialists truly in action for the first time, and one of the most shared pieces of feedback from families was that Jack Smart, Archery Specialist, is a true hidden gem.

Jack has been a part of the JCC Camps at Medford staff family for 15 years as the Archery Specialist and a counselor in the Gilad division for entering 5th graders.  Jack is a USA Archery Level 2 certified instructor and loves teaching campers how to safely shoot arrows at a target.  Jack is a phenomenal instructor and teaches life skills through his archery sessions- patience, calm, hand and eye coordination, and even math skills through scoring.  One of our favorite moments at camp with Jack was during our last ACA re-accreditation visit.  Our review visitor loved Jack’s safety procedures and organization of the archery range so much that she ended up spending an hour taking an archery lesson with him!

Jack is a graduate of Temple University and has worked for MetroMedia Radio in Philadelphia at WIP-AM.  He later earned his teacher certification and is currently working at Voorhees Middle School.

Jack also loves hockey, attending Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey games, and working as a photography editor for a Philadelphia Flyers hockey photographer.


Register today for NJEA Teacher’s Convention Vacation Days at the JCC Camps at Medford! Kids in grades K-8 will enjoy an outdoors, physically distanced experience at the JCC Camps at Medford, complete with miniature golf, sports, arts and crafts and more. Pack a dairy lunch and we’ll provide the snacks.




Did you know that you can earn money toward your child’s camp tuition?!  Refer a new family to camp, and if their children attend, earn $100 toward your child’s camp tuition!  Help us spread the love of JCC Camps at Medford!




At the end of each season, we are always sad to say goodbye to some staff that are ready to move on from camp.  Return letters have gone out, and we are already know that we are looking to fill the following positions.  If you are interested, please apply at www.jcccampsatmedford.org.


Open positions:

  • Gesher/LIT Director
  • Digital Photography Specialist
  • Open Hearts/ Open Doors Advocates
  • Lifeguards
  • Senior Counselors



Today was our first day of Fall Family Camp, and it was an absolute blast!  After 11 successful Summer Family Camp days, we were so excited to be able to offer 4 days of Fall Family Camp.  Fall Family Camp participants get to experience activities ranging from pumpkin painting, miniature golf, fishing, boating, gaga, archery, and more!



We are so fortunate to have an incredibly talented facilities director and crew.  They used every available moment this past summer to make facility updates to our campus.  They have done a beautiful job giving a facelift to our Geza, Dining Hall, Aaron Changing Room, and Masada/Dimona bathrooms.  Additionally, they have given the entire Anaf/Bayit pavilion a facelift with a new color and new siding.  Ken, Tim, Joe, Damian, Steven, and Josh…thank you for ALL you did this summer to beautify camp!




The JCC Camps at Medford is excited to welcome the following NEW campers to our camp family for Summer 2021:

Mason Adler

Ryan Adler

Evan Alexander

Mason Alperstein

Ryan Avery

Shira Bannett

Cora Barshay

Cameron Brady

Evyn Butler

Julia Butler

Anna Calem

Maya Calem

Lucas Coen

Brooks Cohen

Evan Connor

Jacob Cooper

Kayla Cooper

Joshua Filmore

Brody Fingerman

Lucas Friedel

Ryan Fruman

Lilyan Galler

Grey Hamilton

Adley Hirschberg

Noa Jaffe

Caden Jaslow

Ella Jaslow

Jack Kaplan

Becca Kleinman

Harper Laver

Jacob Mangold

Megan Meany

Kayla Polin

Benjamin Pollack

Greysen Rigueur

Noah Rozencwaig

Ethan Scanlon

Bredan Schrank

Lainey Semanoff

Parker Silverman

Noah Skolnick

Bennett Smyth

Mollie Snyder

Abigail Stein

Isaac Stein

Caroline Stiefel

Rina Sukinik

Isaiah Tanzer

Judah Tanzer

Emily Tindall

Rafael Torok

Abigail Waring

Amelia Weissman

Quinn Wheeler

Gabriella Wilson

Sadie Winters



 Because we were not able to use our Judaic curriculum for Summer 2020, we are THRILLED to use it for Summer 2021!  This summer’s theme is even more appropriate this year…Giborim/Heroes!

 We are honored to work with so many community heroes who have stepped up in the face of great adversity this year.  Our community’s doctors, nurses, teachers, mental health workers, supermarket employees and more have worked tirelessly during the Covid-19 pandemic and can all be considered true heroes.  We are blessed to have so many of these heroes as part of our camp families and camp staff.  Thank you for all you have done and all you will continue to do for our community!

In honor of these community heroes, we will introduce the heroes of our 2021 Judaic curriculum and the values they represent over the next seven months.  Stay tuned!