Colorado Shooter Was Camp Counselor for Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters


james-holmes-coloradoJames Holmes, the Colorado graduate student who is suspected of killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 58 others on Friday during the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises,” worked as a camp counselor in Los Angeles County in 2008 that was run by Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters (JBBBS), the group’s CEO told NBC4 on Saturday.

James Holmes, 24, worked as cabin counselor at Camp Max Straus in the summer of 2008, according to Randy Schwab, the CEO of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Schwab’s statement read: “It is with shock and sorrow that we learned of the incident in Aurora. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of those involved in this horrible tragedy. On behalf of Camp Max Straus I want to offer our deepest sympathies and condolences.”

Schwab said that, as cabin counselor, Holmes was in charge of the care and guidance of about 10 children. His role was to ensure that the children had a “wonderful camp experience.”

According to Schwab, Holmes helped the children in his care “learn confidence, self esteem and how to work in small teams to effect positive outcomes.”

His statement continued: “These skills are learned through activities such as archery, horseback riding, swimming, art, sports and high ropes course.”

Camp Max Straus is a nonsectarian program for children ages 7-14, which is run by Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles.

Holmes is not Jewish.


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  1. Why did they have to even report this?! Why make any connection to the word “Jewish”? He’s not Jewish, never was Jewish & never will be Jewish! You’ve got to scratch your head. We are our own worst enemy!

  2. SOMEONE must have seen him being inappropriate, unwell or something. this is way out of range. people need to help report or make sure something is done when they see odd behavior.

  3. just tragic. we are obligated to find opportunities to teach sheva mitzvos bnai noiach. that is the best we can do.
    ma kesher that he worked at a non shabbos observant jewish camp, ma kesher, whats the insinuation here?

  4. Reply to #6: Guess you didn’t read the artivle and just the Headline.

    Matzav, Why in the world did you have to connect this psycho to a Jewish website?

  5. To #6,
    Boruch Hashem, he is not Jewish,
    this what is written about him in wikipedia:
    “Holmes and his family were regular attendees of their local Presbyterian church”,
    so he is not Jewish.

  6. I can imagine him working at a Jewish camp, and “NOT BEING JEWISH”. I bet there is a lot more here than we know.