Last month, we announced the impending arrival of 6 Points Science and Technology Academy, which will open in the summer of 2014. Today, the Reform Movement is proud to announce new directors for this specialty camp as well as for our specialty sports camp. Eric Lightman will direct the new URJ 6 Points Science and Technology Academy and Alan Friedman will oversee the already highly successful URJ 6 Points Sports Academy.

Both camps aim to attract a new cohort of campers, who, were it not for the sports or science components of the programs, would probably not enroll in a Jewish camp. Funding for both URJ 6 Points Academies is made possible by the Foundation for Jewish Camps (FJC) Specialty Camps Incubator grants, jointly funded by The Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI foundations.

Eric Lightman, a long-time camping professional with an impressive background in computer science, will become founding director of the URJ 6 Points Science and Technology Academy, to open near Boston in summer 2014. The camp will serve upwards of 600 campers entering grades 6-10 and will build on the growing interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to attract unaffiliated and currently unengaged Jewish families. Learn more about Lightman and his vision for this new specialty camp.

Alan Friedman, the former director of a leading sports camp and a thriving Jewish residential camp, will assume the helm at 6 Points Sports Academy, a Reform Jewish sports camp in Greensboro, N.C. At 6 Points Sports Academy, Jewish children entering grades 4 to 11, participate in top-level sports training alongside the beloved traditions of Reform Jewish camping. Friedman was active in NFTY throughout high school and spent 10 years working as senior youth group advisor at four Reform congregations in the northeast. He earned a degree in Communications and Business Management from Ithaca College and has had a successful advertising career. Learn more about Friedman and what he brings to the 6 Points Sports Academy team.

We’re sending a warm Reform Movement welcome to these two new members of our camping family!