Mac’s first experience with Young Judaea came as a counselor at a West Coast Conclave weekend retreat. It was in summer 2012 that Mac first arrived at Tel Yehudah as a ropes course specialist. In 2015 Mac made his return to TY as the Director of Ropes Course. While his experiences with Young Judaea were significant in his development, much of Mac’s time was spent working in NFTY, the Reform youth movement. Holding many of the same values as YJ, Mac participated and worked as a counselor, specialist, senior staff member and advisor for youth groups, summer camps, Israel programs, and year-round programming promoting Israel advocacy, social justice, Jewish values, community and leadership.
Growing up in a very small town in Northern California, Mac connected strongly with the Jewish community. Instilling the values of community, youth group and informal education, Mac has found his passion in Jewish camping. Utilizing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Psychology, Religious Studies, and Communications from San Diego State University and many travel opportunities, Mac has a wide range of knowledge and experiences to create imaginative and innovative new programs.
This will be Mac’s first year as Assistant Director of Tel Yehudah. He is very excited to start working with the year round staff to create unmatched experiences and programming for the upcoming summer and beyond. In his spare time, Mac enjoys being outside, rock climbing, hiking, slack lining and enjoying nature. He is looking forward to the challenge of living in the concrete jungle, NYC, and finding nice hikes in the area.