This will be Camp JCA Shalom's first summer away from home. For the first time in its 54-year history, the Malibu camp is independent, having broken away from the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) in January.
Life after the centers crisis hasn't been easy for The Shalom Institute: Camp and Conference Center, and now officials are learning how to raise the bulk of the camp's $2.3 million budget.
"Everything is great but we need support," said Bill Kaplan, executive director of the Shalom Institute, which runs Camp JCA Shalom.
"I'm thrilled. I'm in heaven. It's still hard to believe we did it," said Silver Lake president Janie Schulman, who spearheaded efforts to save the center, which has more than 100 children enrolled in its preschool and kindergarten and offers many social, education and cultural programs.
For the past 60 years, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) has been the glue which, until recently, has kept area Jewish community centers largely flourishing. As the organization struggles to reinvent itself as a consulting business, some in the Jewish community said they have little intention of tapping the group for its services and wonder whether it should even continue to exist.
If the JCCGLA were to disband, supporters worry JCCs would lose their biggest support system and could eventually close their doors.
The rent is paid through December. After that, no one knows where -- or if -- the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will have a home.
As intense mediation continues over the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) crisis, the first effects of the centers' collapse are becoming apparent.
Fittingly, the ailing Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) ended 2001 by adopting a set of resolutions that its leaders hope will brighten prospects for 2002.
In what appears to be a critical juncture for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), the organization is devising a structural overhaul to prevent severe cutbacks in services and the potential closure of several centers.