55 years ago, in a time marked with civil unrest, hatred, and violence, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in front of 250,000 people, and passionately declared: I have a dream.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” –MLK, JR.
MLK introduced what was then a revolutionary concept — accepting individuals based on who they are on the inside, not by their external appearances. Dr. King’s dream has not yet been fully realized and there is still much work to do. But here at camp, we live Dr. King’s dream every day.
Tikkun Midot, strong character, is one of our core values. It is our mission to help each camper fully understand the value of ethical behavior and how their choices, actions, and words can impact others. Dr. King had a dream for the future and our campers have the opportunity to make it a reality.
As we honor the legacy of Dr. King, we encourage you to post a picture of your child in their favorite JCC Maccabi Sports Camp T-shirt on social media. Be sure to tag us in the post and use the hashtags #StronginCharacter and #WeAreJCCMaccabi.
Together, as a community, we can showcase how strong in character we truly are and promise to value all people for their worth.