My name is Judith Tankel, and I am the Rosh Machane of Aleph! I was born and raised in Dunedin, Florida, but have spent the last 8 years trekking up to New York to spend my summers in wonderful Barryville. I have had the absolute delight of serving as everything from a member of the National Mazkirut, to kitchen staff, to in bunk counselor, to Yachad Merakezet. This summer I look forward to making sure our teens are having the best summer Camp Tel Yehudah has seen yet!
I am a third year law student at the Florida State University College of Law, so you can imagine what a relief it is for me to be out of the classroom and back out into the great outdoors. As a camper I attended both Camp Judaea and Tel Yehudah, and I have two brothers who also grew up in Young Judaea. My favorite part of Young Judaea is watching the teens that I had when I was a madricha (counselor) grow up into incredible Madrichim themselves, and even into supervisors that I get to work right alongside this summer. Our entire tsevet (Staff) this summer is full of ruach (spirit), and I know that they are already making sure the chanichim (participants) are having an amazing time. We're already off to a great start here at Tel Yehudah!
Shalom from Barryville!
My name is Seth Finkelstein and I am excited to be back home at Tel Yehudah this summer as Rosh Machane Bet. I am a third-generation Judaean and past National Mazkir, and am thrilled to be back in the mix in 2014 helping to lead the Hadracha program.
A few things to note about myself: my favorite Young Judaea songs are "Singing In The Rain" and "Shir L'Shalom," the Aleph Beit Ha'am is my favorite spot in all of camp, my favorite memory from Young Judaea is when I lit the Maccabia torch on Machon, and I think Adam and Julie Finkelstein are the coolest Judaeans of all time!
Having spent the last 3 years working on campus at Maryland Hillel, it is a great honor to be back at camp and working to inspire the next generation of YJ leaders. There really is no place quite like Tel Yehudah!