URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy – Serving as Faculty
In the spirit of the building of the Tabernacle, that place in which Adonai’s presence resides, our faculty join with our campers and staff to create a special atmosphere of creative arts and Jewish life. Like Bezalel and Oholiav and the artisans of Israel, we bring all our heart, soul and might, to both the act of creating and the creations we bring forth. May our actions and creations be infused with the best that is within us and embody that which is transcendent.
The Faculty Request Form is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2019 for Summer 2020 Faculty Request forms.
Accommodating Requests to Serve
The URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy is located at The Westtown School in West, Chester, Pennsylvania. Due to limited housing availability, an astounding number of inquiries, and the specific needs of our camp program, we anticipate that we will not be able to accommodate all requests. Prior experience on Creative Arts faculty does not guarantee Summer 2020 placement.
Decisions about who will be offered a Residential Faculty placement will be informed by several factors including (1) service to a URJ congregation or program, (2) specialty area background, (3) geographic diversity, (4) the number of potential faculty that apply from one congregation, and other considerations. If there are more than one potential professional staff member from your congregation or program interested in serving on Creative Arts Faculty, please discuss this internally before submitting your request as it is unlikely we will be able to accommodate multiple faculty from any one congregation or program. Please read through the following guidelines to help you make a decision about submitting a request to be a part of our program.
Understanding the Residential Faculty Presence at CAA
Camp remains relatively small and intimate, with 50 staff and anywhere from 90-150 campers each session, joining us from across North America and overseas. The camp team will also include approximately 6-8 Residential Faculty members on camp at a time.
Residential Faculty at CAA are “all-in.” From morning until night, there are activities in which faculty will be integrally involved. Faculty are a loving, supportive presence, passionate about Judaism, youth, camping and The Arts. As a new camp, our faculty recognize that camp is a work-in-progress, from policies and schedules to culture and minhag. They are flexible, compassionate, patient, and dedicated to the success of the campers, staff, their peers and our program. We look forward to deepening relationships with, and between, our faculty and our larger community.
Residential Faculty are immersed in a major/minor discipline and will be also responsible for offering a Shabbat sha-lective. Faculty also participate in morning and evening rituals, Shabbat prep, the collaborative Shabbat experience, many evening and all-camp programs, and some staff meetings.
There is no separate period for Judaic education at CAA – the exploration of and skill-building in art and Judaism are woven into the curriculum, and faculty not only advance these elements, but are also there for the “a-ha” moments with our participants. You will be partnering with our full-time Arts Mentors, Program Director, and Camp Director to integrate Judaism in a way that aligns with the mission and values of camp.
2020 Faculty Dates
CAA Faculty are asked to serve for a full session. Session dates are:
• Tuesday, June 16 – Sunday, June 21 (Staff Week)
• Monday, June 22 – Sunday, July 5 (Session 1)
• Monday, July 6 – Sunday, July 19 (Session 2)
• Monday, July 20 – Sunday, August 2 (Session 3)
If you are not available to serve a full session, we have allotted space for faculty during the first week of each session only.
• Monday, June 22 – Sunday, June 28 (Session 1, Week 1)
• Monday, July 6 – Sunday, July 12 (Session 2, Week 1)
• Monday, July 20 – Sunday, July 26 (Session 3, Week 1)
Faculty weeks begin at 6pm with dinner, followed by an orientation meeting.
We know that being away from your congregation and family is not always an option. This year, we invite all congregational professionals to join us for Showcase on the last Saturday evening of each session. Details will be available in the Spring.
Saturday, July 4 Saturday, July 18 Saturday, August 1
All Residential Faculty are required to participate in an hour-long orientation webinar, known as a FaculChat, selected from the following options:
Wednesday, February 12 Thursday, February 13
Additional preparation time will be scheduled for specific cohorts (arts disciplines, session, worship leaders, etc.).
Post-camp, 2020 CAA Faculty will be expected to strengthen the partnership with camp by:
• Providing requested feedback in a timely manner
• Serving as a CAA ambassador within the Reform Movement in their home community
• Welcoming us to visit/present at your congregation and meet with congregational parents and children. Please, note that because we are a North American program, covering the US and Canada, we may not be able to visit every year.
Residential Faculty Housing
Faculty stay in dorm rooms in a building with other adult staff. There is a communal bathroom with private toilet and shower stalls on each floor. Faculty are responsible for bringing their own linens to fit a standard twin bed, their own towels, robe and toiletries. Laundry facilities are available.
The Westtown School is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free campus.
Bringing Family Members Not Registered for Camp
While we hope to be able to offer greater accommodation in the future, due to our limited space on camp, as well as the demands on our faculty, it will be very difficult for us to accommodate families. We are unable to provide babysitters or programming for non-program age children. We are also unable to accommodate pets at camp.
Navigating the Campus
Everything on campus is within reasonable walking distance. Campers, staff and faculty walk as the primary mode of transportation around camp. Special arrangements will be made for those needing assistance due to medical or programmatic needs. Only full-time and predetermined seasonal staff will be allowed to operate golf carts on campus.
To show our appreciation for your dedication to our community, CAA offers a credit if you have a child enrolled as a camper. Residential Faculty accounts will be credited one-week tuition for each week served.
If you have a child registered for the program and are not accepted as Residential Faculty for this summer, please rest assured that we will work with you to ensure that your camper can participate in the program.
Applying to Serve
If you are interested in applying to be a part of the Creative Arts Community as Residential Faculty this summer, please complete the Faculty Participation Request Form no later than Friday, December 20. Applicants will be notified of Residential Faculty placements no later than Friday, January 10.
Should you have any questions about the role of faculty or the request process, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jo-Ellen at 410-609-9869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.