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Summer Director of Jewish Life
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp
3198 Fulton Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

Principal Responsibilities:

Primary Responsibilities:

At camp, "Jewish" isn't just a concept we wave to in the outfield, it's a way of life to be explored and celebrated. Woven throughout camp, Jewish values, ritual, and culture remain at the center of our lineup and resonate with all campers of any age or background. JCC Maccabi Sports Camp seeks a Director of Jewish Life to help create a fun, meaningful, and musical Jewish environment at camp.


Friday Night. Planning and leading our Friday night Shabbat services. Work with staff and campers to create a meaningful and musical celebration of Shabbat. Friday night services are typically 45 minutes.

Saturday Morning. Planning and leading our Saturday morning Shabbat services. Work with staff and campers to create a meaningful and musical celebration of Shabbat. Saturday morning services include a brief Torah service and are typically 1 hour.

Havdalah. Leading camp in song and prayer to end Shabbat and begin a new week. This involves our (developing) camp traditions as well as a traditional Havdalah service.

Song Leading:

Song Session. Leading camp wide song session after meals. Typical song session is 3-4 songs. We aim for a mixture of appropriate Jewish music and contemporary/camp favorites. Camp hits include: Salaam and Sweet Caroline.

Camp Fire. We have several campfires throughout each session, including a camp wide bonfire on Friday nights. This song session is typically 30 - 60 minutes and is a highlight of the week for our community.

Morning and closing huddle. We start each day by singing together and we end each night by singing our camp song, Fly, as a community.

Jewish Education:

The Director of Jewish Life is responsible for generating and supporting the integration of the daily camp value (kavanah) into regular programming. The daily kavanah is a chance to demonstrate how we live our core values at camp and sets the tone for type of day we want to have. The Director of Jewish Life is also tasked with finding opportunities to integrate Jewish themes and teachings into daily life. This includes working with counselors, coaches, and campers, to help create a better understanding of Jewish values.

Minimum Qualifications:


This is a temporary, seasonal position. The Song leader is expected to live on camp for the duration of the summer program (June 5st through July 29th). Accommodations include a private room, shared bathroom and 3-meals a day. Salary is competitive, dependent on experience, and may include independent pre-camp work.

Agency Information:

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is an overnight Jewish sports summer camp located just outside of San Francisco in Atherton, California. Our camp welcomes kids and teens in grades 3 through 11 from around the world.

During our two-week camp sessions, campers learn more about their favorite sport of choice, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, or tennis. Through intensive clinics and creative programming, the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is a transformative experience for young Jewish athletes who are passionate about sports and desire to advance their skill levels. There are also plenty of other sports and camp activities mixed in with the core values of a Jewish summer camp experience.

Campers practice their sports daily, but instead of a tournament-style program, we focus on developing athletic skills and improving as teammates. Our camp culture is also guided by Jewish values. We place a lot of emphasis on sportsmanship, ethics, and community. In fact, when you add the community-building nature of team play, we find that sports and Jewish values go hand in hand.