Summer is here, making it the perfect time to take a closer look at the fun-loving man who runs our camps and school-age services, Brian Grossbard.
Brian is originally from Connecticut, and has spent his entire working life in Jewish Communal Services. In the past, he has worked for BBYO, Hillel, and JCRC, and is now in his second year as an employee here at the J, serving as the Director of School-Age Services and Day Camps.
Brian is a huge history buff and is quite knowledgeable about everything Washington, DC. In fact, when he first moved to the DC area, he got a tour guide license for all of the DMV. If you see him around the J, be sure to try and stump him on DC area history!
When asked, “when you hear the phrase, ‘There's Something Special About the J,’ what does it make you think of?” Of course, Brian is quick to describe the amazing Camp Achva experience! According to Brian, summers at the J are “packed with a wide range of fun camp activities including Color Wars (spirit competitions), field trips, morning and afternoon mifkad (flag raising/lowering ceremonies), swim lessons, Israeli dancing and singing, arts and crafts, sailing and horseback riding, music, cooking, drama, outdoor adventure, and much more! Campers are encouraged to discover new skills and interests they never knew they had.”
What’s special about the J’s camp is that it “weaves Jewish values, culture, and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community. At camp, Jewish and Israeli culture is celebrated through song, food, art, and dance. Whether they’re creating artistic masterpieces, learning about the environment, or playing kickball, campers have a great time in a safe, nurturing, and fun environment.”
Brian’s advice to members and guests not enrolled in the camp experience is to take full advantage of our fabulous programs. What he loves most about working here are his coworkers! Brian hopes everyone is as excited about camp as he is!
So, whether you’re a camper, a parent, or a member coming to take advantage of all we have to offer, if you see Brian around at the J, be sure to say “hello.”
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