Camp is a place of personal growth, where people have the opportunity to contribute to a community while also bettering themselves in preparation for the future. For some that’s a club soccer team, or preparing for college, and for others it’s about taking the next steps in their career.
In that spirit, it is with mixed emotions that we announce that Mara Berde, Associate Director, will be leaving JCC Maccabi Sports Camp to pursue new opportunities effective November 1. While Mara has many options of where to go and what to do next, we hope she will always consider our camp her home as we look forward to supporting her next success.
As camp is also a place where people are encouraged to take risks, then it should also be recognized that Mara enthusiastically took a leap in joining our team when camp was still a blossoming idea, long before the first camper had even registered. As the first Assistant Director of JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, and in time promoted to Associate Director, Mara has been a tremendous influence on the program, character, and culture of our camp, infusing the community with her knowledge and passion from her vast experiences prior to joining our team.
Most notably, Mara is responsible for setting a high bar when it comes to our summer seasonal staff, hiring a growing number of qualified, talented, and fun staff to shape our community each summer. Mara’s tireless efforts also shaped a robust Staff Week complete with trainings ranging from the theoretical to the practical, allowing new and returning staff to prepare for the summer ahead while meeting and making new friends to last the summer and beyond.
In creating a new Jewish camp, establishing a meaningful Jewish culture was of utmost importance. Nowhere was Mara more comfortable than in front of our camp during Kabbalat Shabbat or Saturday Morning Service, ably guiding our community through powerful Jewish moments. The program as it is today comes from Mara’s heart and her legacy will be felt for summers to come when we gather in the Shabbat Garden.
It is with heartfelt gratitude that I say thank you to Mara Berde for all she’s done and given to camp… working long hours, traveling great distances, pushing herself and others to strive beyond themselves and in doing so, establishing the beginning culture and community of JCC Maccabi Sports Camp. I am thankful to have shared the previous four years with Mara as my partner, teammate, and friend.
As one chapter ends, a new one begins and we start our search for a new Assistant Director and also hire a Camp Administrative and Operations Coordinator. Please share these job openings with anyone you feel might be interested in a new adventure. The full job descriptions can be found here, Assistant Director and Admin/Operations.
We hope you are already thinking about camp and returning next summer. We’ll be in touch soon to begin the conversation about Summer 2018!