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Mah Ani Summer Program for 7th and 8th Graders

Im Ein Ani Li, Mi Li? 
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
The Mah Ani program at the MJCC provides a framework for personal growth. Each camper will learn new skills, build self-confidence, nourish their spirit and generosity, and deepen their character. Campers not only pad their resume with great volunteer experiences, they also leave personally enriched, and fortified from the sense of a summer well spent.

U'kh'she'ani Le'atzmi, Mah Ani? 
But when I am only for myself, what am I?
The Mah Ani program at the MJCC provides a platform for improving our community and caring for the most vulnerable members of our society. Through each of the week long service projects, campers tackle real issues facing the Memphis community, and leave a lasting positive impact on our city.

V'im Lo Akhshav, Eimatai? 
And if not now, when?
The Mah Ani program believes that you don’t have to be an adult under the law to make a difference and be a leader. Our campers recognize that they aren’t just our future, but a vital part of our present. They make the bold statement that they aren’t going to sit passively when they can make a difference right now.

Camp Details:
The camp day runs from 9:00 am–4:00 pm and will begin and end each day at the MJCC. In addition to the fieldwork, Ma Ani participants will have the daily opportunity to enjoy the MJCC facility, including the swimming pool. Each camper should come daily with a backpack, sun-screen, a hat, a water bottle, packed lunch that doesn’t require refrigeration, swim attire and a towel.

*Due to the nature of collaboration with outside agencies, the off-site locations are subject to schedule change and/or substitution.  Only the primary location is listed. Some weeks may have more than one site location as a result of scheduling and availability.

** There is no camp on July 4th (Independence Day).

Meet Our Ma Ani Head Counselor, Deen Bowden!

Deen Bowden is a graduate of Lausanne Collegiate School. He attended The University of Tennessee where he received a degree in Economics. Deen worked for MJCC Day Camp over several summers, including a stint as the Assistant Camp Director. He is returning for the summer excited to help us launch our new Ma Ani Community Service Summer Program after having spent this past year teaching in China. When he's not off saving the world and caring for campers, Deen enjoys playing sports and discovering new music!


Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm | June 4-July 27 | $215 Non-members / $150 Members PER WEEK
Space is limited. Once registered, additional paperwork needed will be sent via email.

Week 1: June 4-8 (#5051)

Dorothy Day House*
1429 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104


Campers will assist with cleaning the grounds, gardening, etc. to get the house ready for families waiting to be taken in.

The Dorothy Day House keeps homeless families together, creating a safe haven and a community for entire families. Our families are diverse in make-up, size, age, religion and ethnicity. They share the common bonds of poverty and homelessness.


Week 2: June 11-15 (#5052)

Mid-South Food Bank*
239 South Dudley Street
Memphis, TN 38104


Campers will be re-stocking the various Mid-South Food Bank warehouses.

The mission of the Mid-South Food Bank is to change lives by eliminating hunger in the Mid-South. By providing food for families, children and seniors, the Mid-South Food Bank helps to solve one of the biggest struggles they face: getting enough nutritious food to eat to live a healthy life.


Week 3: June 18-22

FedEx Family House*
918 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105


Campers will prepare grab and go sack lunches and treats, ensuring that loved ones have nutritional meals when they cannot leave a sick child’s bedside.

FedEx Family House is a home away from home for out-of-town families with children receiving treatment at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. They have served over 40,000 family members from around the world since they opened their doors in 2010, providing free, comfortable accommodations to out of town families of patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.


Week 4: June 25-29

Knowledge Quest*
590 Jennette Place
Memphis, TN 38126


Campers will assist the staff with timely project needs during the week they volunteer.

Knowledge Quest has actively promoted youth and community development in the South and Memphis for over 17 years, implementing a holistic “cradle to career” strategy. The 38126 and 38106 zip code areas make up some of the City of Memphis’ highest rates in poverty, school drop-out, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy, coupled with the gang activity and youth violence. Through four strategic programs (KQ Extended Learning Academics, the Family Stability Initiative, the Universal Parenting Place, and Green Leaf Learning Farm), Knowledge Quest looks to provide a stable foundation upon which youth can break the cycle of poverty and violence.

Week 5: July 2-6**


LeBonheur Children's Hospital*
848 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103


Campers will host a game day in the event space and will also plan crafts for patients and siblings ages 2-18.

Recognized among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report for seven consecutive years, Le Bonheur is always on the side of children, advocating on their behalf and seeking to provide them with the care they need. From the ordinary bumps and sniffles of childhood to its most life-altering extremes, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is prepared for whatever a child’s life might throw at them.


Week 6: July 9-13

Memphis Tilth*
575 Suzette Street
Unit C,

Memphis, TN 38126


Campers will assist in maintaining community gardens that support the Memphis Tilth community kitchens, learning about agriculture and local food ecosystems in the process.

Memphis Tilth is a nonprofit collective housing like missioned initiatives for land, food, people, and place. Their mission is to cultivate collective action for an economically sustainable, socially equitable, and environmentally sound local food system. 


Week 7: July 16-20

MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association)*
910 Vance Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126


Campers will go to MIFA for a team-building experience that will also serve our community! Group volunteer opportunities include assisting MIFA Meals on Wheels, and collecting and packing senior, adult, and baby care packs.

MIFA seeks to unite the community through service, in particular through supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through various high-impact programs. Driven by the supreme values of being welcoming to and respectful of all people, and acting with integrity, MIFA values individual initiative and ability, and view the service of individuals and the community as an act of faith.


Week 8: July 23-27

Exceptional Foundation*
4965 Willow Road
Memphis, TN 38117


Campers will assist professional staff and participants with group activities, while building friendships with truly exceptional individuals.

The Exceptional Foundation respects all people, and channels that focus through its work on behalf of those individuals with intellectual disabilities. They believe firmly in the need to recognize the individual worth, strengths and capabilities of all people. Beginning after individuals have aged out of school programs, the Exceptional Foundation provides a daily place for individuals with special needs to find community, friendship, support, activity, and vocation, and education for the remainder of their lives.


Questions? Contact Rabbi Mordechai Harris, Ma Ani Camp Director, at mharris@jccmemphis.org or (901) 259-9227.


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