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Introducing - The 2015 Merakzim Team!

Joel SrebrenickJoel Srebrenick - Alumim 1 

My name is Joel Srebrenick and I'm excited to be returning to Tel Yehudah this summer as a Merakez (unit head) for Alumim! Our opening day was spectacular and all of our chanichim (campers) are already making new friends.

I come from South Orange, New Jersey and just graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Government and Politics. I've worked at Tel Yehudah since 2010 and grew up in Young Judaea since I started as a camper at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake in 2002. In Alumim we learn and play together over the summer about how we can examine and challenge our Jewish identities through our history, our culture, our community and each other.

I'm so excited to be back here in Barryville, and can't wait to share all of the fantastic stories and memories we make together this summer.

Jackie BaronJaclyn Baron - Alumim 2 

My name is Jaclyn, but everyone at camp calls me Jackie. I was a chanicha (camper) at both CYJ Sprout Lake and Tel Yehudah. At camp I learned about Jewish and social values and how to be a leader. Zionism became a huge part of my identity. On Year Course, the culmination of my Young Judaea experience, I established a very personal connection to Israel. Directly afterwards, I felt it was my duty to return as a madricha (counselor) to help the new chanichim (campers) establish their own Jewish identities. After being in bunk for several summers and working closely with my supervisors, I have developed the skills to lead my own group. I have worked almost exclusively with Alumim and am so excited to have this opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with the newcomers this summer!

Shai RosenfeldShai Rosenfeld - Yachad 1

I’m excited to continue my path as an educator at TY after supervising the Shnat Sherut (a year of Israeli volunteer service after high school) and Israel Programs for the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) in the US for the last two years. I have years of experience in educational theatre and program-based education with various organizations in Israel and in NYC. I look forward to creating a summer of fun, dialogue and change!

Moran ShabooMoran Shaboo - Yachad 2

My name is Moran and I am from Rosh Haayin, Israel. We had a successful opening day yesterday and we finally started to experience camp for real today!

During the year, I am a Jewish Agency Fellow. For the past nine months, I worked at the Hillel at the University of Oklahoma. This summer I am a Yachad Merakezet and I am so excited to work with the chanichim and be a part of the Tel Yehudah family!

Sabrina BrotonsSabrina Brotons - Yachad 3

My name is Sabrina Brotons, and I'm a Merakzet (Unit Head) for Yachad (which means together in Hebrew and is the name of our age group of rising 10th graders). After an amazing opening day, Summer 2015 has officially begun!

I am from the Bronx (NY) and graduated from the University of Rhode Island (URI) last year with a B.A. in both Public Relations & Political Science and a minor in Marine Affairs. I grew up in Young Judaea and went to Sprout Lake, Tel Yehudah and Machon (Young Judaea's Israel Summer Seminar). In my spare time, I love the beach, yoga, and chocolate. This is my 3rd year working at camp and I'm really excited to engage and inspire our chanichim (campers) here while continuing to be a part of our mishpacha (family) and kehillah (community).

Talia NiedermanTalia Niederman  - Yachad 4

My name is Talia Niederman and I’m going to be a Yachad Merakezet (unit head) this summer. Now that we have all of our chanichim (campers) here, we can start building our community together.

I started off in Young Judaea 11 years ago when I spent the summer at Sprout Lake. Over the subsequent years, I have been a chanicha (camper) and madricha (counselor) at TY. I am currently going into my senior year at Brandeis where I am studying Environmental Studies and International Global Studies. I’m looking forward to another amazing summer at TY!

Ben PerlsteinBen Perlstein - Hadracha 1

My name is Ben, and this summer I am working as a Merakez (Unit Head) for Hadracha, our activism leadership program for chanichim (campers) going into 11th grade. This will be my fourth summer working at Tel Yehudah, and my second as a Merakez. For me, TY has always been a place of inspiring growth, meaningful relationships, and experiences that I carry with me every day. I hope that this summer will be no exception, and look forward to working on an amazing team that is devoted to enabling positive, life-changing memories for themselves (our chanichim) every day.

Molly SteinMolly Stein - Hadracha 2

My name is Molly Stein and I’m so excited to be a Hadracha Merakezet (unit head) this summer. After arriving yesterday to a wonderful opening day, our chanichim (campers) are starting to experience all the amazing things TY has to offer.

I started going to Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake when I was ten years old, spent three summers at TY as a camper, went on Machon, went on Year Couse, and worked as a madricha (counselor) here at TY for three summers. Outside of camp, I’m a rising senior at Columbia University studying Political Science and Middle Eastern studies. After taking a summer off from camp I’m incredibly excited to be back and can’t wait to grow and learn with Hadracha this summer.

Jacob ScheerJacob Scheer - Hadracha 3

My name is Jacob and I am a Merakez (unit head) for Hadracha at TY this summer. Yesterday was a great day here at camp, all of our chanichim arrived, met their bunk mates and madrichim (counselors) and started their camp experience.

A lifelong Judaean, I have attended camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake and Tel Yehudah, and have been a staff member here for several years. I recently graduated from Princeton, where I specialized in East Asian Language and Culture, with a focus on Mandarin Chinese. I also studied engineering. I am incredibly excited to be working with your children this summer, my primary mission is to allow each teen to recognize a strive to achieve their full potential.

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