The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) published an article by Anthony Weiss about Jewish Day Schools choosing to invest in new fields for their growing athletic departments and sports teams. While athletic facilities come with a hefty price tag and aren’t without critics, school administrators say that these new facilities can increase school spirit, enrollment, and help acheieve broader educational goals. “Our students do a lot of cooperative learning in school, and being a member of the athletic team is a great way to live that out in a different environment,” said Julie Smith, the head of school at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, CA.
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp was mentioned in the article as the investment in sports is not simply in Jewish Day Schools but also in Jewish summer camps. We’re proud to be part of this rapidly growing trend — and the first of its kind on the west coast!