Engaging campers and teens has been a part of Dave Flagler’s life for more than a decade. In fact, this summer will be his 10th summer in camp leadership, nine of which took place within the JCC movement as a director. Now, Flagler joins United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC as director of camp and teen engagement.
This past summer, Flagler re-designed and orchestrated a COVID-friendly camp program at the Stroum JCC in Mercer Island, Washington.
“COVID has been especially stressful on families and our children need camp more than ever,” says Flagler. “Children need the opportunity to be active and outside, try new things, and safely interact and connect with each other.
“Seeing our campers’ (masked) faces this past summer made every effort worthwhile,” says Flagler. “I am very excited for this to happen this summer and beyond in our Tidewater community.”
Flagler holds a Bachelor of Arts in General Business with an emphasis in Education from the University of Florida and an MA in Non-profit Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Flagler says he first visited Virginia Beach on a JCC teen program many years ago, and is excited for the opportunity to officially join the community. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, b’nai mizvah tutoring, and cheering for the Patriots, Jaguars, and Gators.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Dave’s level of experience and enthusiasm join our team,” says Betty Ann Levin, UJFT executive vice president/CEO.
Check the Camp JCC webpage, www.CampJCC.org, for upcoming virtual open houses to meet Flagler and learn more about what fun is in store for campers at Camp JCC this summer.
Share questions, suggestions, or just welcome Dave Flagler to Tidewater at DFlagler@ujft.org.
Sierra Lautman is United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s director of Jewish Innovation.
– Sierra Lautman