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JCamps Shabbat Shalom/Shavua Tov



JCamps Shabbat Shalom/Shavua Tov
A weekly series with Rick Recht, guest artists,
and JCC leadership

JCamps Shabbat Shalom/Shavua Tov is a six-week, 12-segment video series designed to help JCC day camps end the week by welcoming Shabbat, and start the new week by saying farewell to Shabbat. It is made possible by a generous grant from the Staenberg Family Foundation. Rick Recht, renowned Jewish artist, hosts the music and story-filled Shabbat series that features guest artists from coast to coast sharing inspiring music, stories, and values. Each segment is built around the objects and blessings used to welcome and later, separate from, Shabbat: candles, wine, challah, and spices.

“COVID-19 has made the summer camp season more complicated this year, but so much of the magic of Jewish summer camp is in the relationships among our kids, their staff, and camp’s amazing traditions. So, we’re finding ways to give life to those traditions in other ways,” said Doron Krakow, president and CEO of JCC Association of North America.

All 12 segments of the JCamps Shabbat series will be available to all JCC camps via a Dropbox link for individual broadcast to their own communities. Six are designed for Friday afternoon and six for Monday mornings. Camps can choose which segments to use and in which order to use them.

The JCamps Shabbat Shalom/Shavua Tov series allows all JCC day camps, particularly those offering online programming, to provide meaningful Jewish content to their camp communities. The individual 30-minute videos are available for all JCC day camps via this link. 



Rick Recht is one of the most celebrated Jewish artists of our time playing family concerts, Shabbat Alive! services, religious school concerts, teen concerts, camp concerts, and tot concerts throughout the United States and abroad. Recht is widely recognized as a pioneer of the Jewish rock music genre, elevating the medium of Jewish music as a powerful and effective tool for developing Jewish pride and identity among the masses. Rick has 12 top selling Jewish albums, including his latest hit album, Here I Am. In addition to his role as an artist, Recht is regarded as a top Jewish educator and leader in the Jewish world. He is the founder and executive director of Songleader Boot Camp, one of the top leadership training programs in the North America. Recht is the national music spokesman for PJ Library and producer of PJ Library Radio. Recht is also the founder and executive director of Jewish Rock Radio, the first high-caliber, 24/7, Jewish rock Internet radio station. Recht resides in St Louis, MO, where he serves as Artist in Residence at United Hebrew Congregation. Recht enjoys sharing his life with his wife, Elisa, and sons, Kobi and Tal.


The Staenberg Family Foundation was founded in 2005 by Michael and Carol Staenberg as a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Guided by Jewish values, the Staenberg Family Foundation seeks to ensure that the Jewish community, as well as the greater St. Louis region, thrives and flourishes. The Staenbergs chose to establish the Foundation in this manner because they believe that the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ mission is consistent with their family values as Jews. Tzedakah (righteousness) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) are values that have guided the Jewish people and guide the Staenberg family. They also wanted to set an example of giving for the community and their immediate family. “Our children are the next generation and it’s really important that we teach them the importance of giving to others. Tzedakah is basic to Judaism,” stated Carol Staenberg.


JCC Association of North America leads and connects the JCC Movement, advancing and enriching North American Jewish life. With 1.5 million people walking through the doors of JCCs (Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Community Camps) each week, the JCC Movement represents the largest platform of Jewish engagement on the continent. JCC Association is the convening organization of this powerful network, partnering with JCCs to bring together the collective power and knowledge of the JCC Movement, which includes approximately 53,000 staff members—12,000 full-time skilled professionals, 24,000 part-time staff, and 17,000 seasonal summer staff. By supporting them, together we enhance and strengthen Jewish life throughout North America. Learn more at or on Facebook, Instagram,  and Twitter.

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