The Marcus Jewish Community Center and Congregation Dor Tamid have announced a partnership whose initial phase will bring JCC summer day camps to the campus of the Reform congregation in Johns Creek.
“We are thrilled about this exciting partnership with Congregation Dor Tamid and the opportunity to bring the MJCCA’s extraordinary Jewish day camping experience to children in the North Fulton, Gwinnett and Forsyth county areas,” said Douglas Kuniansky, the board chairman and acting CEO of the Marcus JCC.
The Marcus JCC, which in 2014 sold its East Cobb campus, Shirley Blumenthal Park, is engaged in a strategy of reaching beyond its Dunwoody home through partnerships rather than construction or property purchases. For example, its Book Festival is holding events at Atlanta Jewish Academy in Sandy Springs and The Temple in Midtown, and its summer performing arts camps held sessions at Emory University for the first time this year.
The North Metro area around Alpharetta and Johns Creek has long been a target for organizations hoping to engage with Jewish families. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s northernmost venue, Regal Cinemas Avalon 12, is 6½ miles west of Dor Tamid in Alpharetta.
The Marcus JCC is bringing its free, music-filled Shabbat Ruach program to Dor Tamid on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. The casual community service will feature Rabbi Brian Glusman, Michael Levine, Drew Cohen and Eli Sperling.
For its summer day camps, the Marcus JCC will use Dor Tamid buildings, multipurpose rooms, the kitchen, gardens and the woods on the congregation’s 10-acre campus. The center will announce the specific camp offerings at Dor Tamid in the coming weeks.
“The MJCCA is known for its stellar day camps, and we are looking forward to making this experience accessible to children both in our congregation and those in the surrounding community,” said Mark Kopkin, a past president at Dor Tamid.
The JCC day camps served more than 2,000 children from pre-kindergarten to 10th grade with more than 100 options this past summer.