Shalom! My name is Tamar Caplan, and I am Rosh Brecha (Aquatics Director) this summer. This is my fourth summer at Tel Yehudah, and my first as a Rosh! I grew up participating in USY and going to Ramah camps, and was only introduced to the Young Judaea world in 2009, when I went on Year Course. There I made some amazing friends who brought me to TY, and I've been here ever since! I was an in-bunk lifeguard in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and am so happy to be heading the amazing lifeguarding Tzevet this year.
I just completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Columbia University, and will be returning in the Fall to pursue my Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering there. It's a nice change of pace to get out of the lecture halls and labs to come spend two months at the pool!
Besides managing swim time for camp, I teach the Lifeguard Training Z'man Bechira (elective) class for Hadracha chanichim who want to join. The course takes a lot of dedication and time, but those who pass come out with a Red Cross Lifeguarding certification, applicable anywhere in the US! During the time we spend at the pool, we bond as a class and learn how to work as a team while practicing in-water rescues, first aid, and CPR. It is a great feeling to know that I am teaching these campers skills that they will be able to use and rely on in the future.