We are so excited about this year’s one-of-a-kind school break programs. Today we are
highlighting some of the incredible staff working behind the scenes to make
this year’s program a success. Read the staff spotlight’s below and sign up for
your own school break adventure today!
the Senior Assistant Director of OSRUI, the reform Jewish summer camp in
Oconomwoc, WI, Albert works year round supporting OSRUI. He is responsible for
social media, contracts, staff hiring, camper and staff recruitment, and alumni
development as well as overseeing the running of the summer camp and over 1000
people on a daily basis. Growing up, Albert
always wanted to work at a place where he could have a significant impact on
the lives of others. Being able to be a role model to reform Jewish teens while
simultaneously being surrounded with amazing people makes OSRUI the perfect
place for Albert.
time with staff and campers is his favorite part of working at OSRUI, and he
can’t wait to hang out with you this Spring Break! Too often in school, we are
taught to learn the simplest of objectives, but never explore them, and often
those of us who are passionate and curious stand on the sidelines. At SciLab,
being an interested and curious scientist is the perfect starting point. You
have the chance to use camp to explore sciences such as biology and astronomy,
while still getting to do fun camp activities like night hikes and sports. Sign
up today, hands on, out of this world activities are waiting for you at SciLab!
Program: Chicago Teens for Change
Staff Spotlight: Orit Sacker
Orit was born in Israel, but is in Chicago on
Shlichut, through the Jewish Agency for Israel. She is an architect by
profession, but has been involved in Young Judaea for many years. She loves the
impact that Young Judea has on all who are involved and she is excited to see the
impact Chicago Teens for Change is able to create on this committed group of
teenagers - both those who are running the peer-led program and those who are
Chicago Teens for Change is designed to leave a
lasting impression and have a meaningful impact on those who are looking to spend
their spring break giving back to the community, making new friends and
connecting with different aspects of the community they live in. Participants will
have the opportunity to do lots of social action combined with a healthy dose of
fun! In addition to spending time volunteering in different locations, participants
will also enjoy group building and leadership development activities. All of
this will take place at a summer camp - the location already oozes with fun.
Chicago Teens for Change is going to be
Program: Breakaway Programs
(Tree House Building, Ta’am Ivrit, Studio Chi, Cooking Workshop, and Wilderness
Staff Spotlight: Kyle
Kyle Kolling is one of the amazing leaders that will be running
the Camp Chi Breakaway Programs. Kyle is so excited to be a part of Springboard
School Breaks this year. He works at Camp Chi as a Program Coordinator and Teen
Camp Director. He loves theater, soccer, and baseball. However, his favorite
thing is going to Camp Chi for Summer Break.
When Kyle first heard the idea of being at camp over spring break
last year he was very intrigued. He assisted with the 2016 StudioChi pilot and
from that point on knew he wanted to always be a part of Springboard programs.
He even took some film classes at the University of Liverpool that he thought
might come in handy. This year he thought they should expand the programs at
Camp Chi. “The
BreakAway programs are five different unique programs, each led by
professionals in their field. Knowing how much everyone learned and had a blast
last year, I cannot wait to see how incredible of an experience these five
programs turn out to be. From StudioChi, Wilderness Survival, Tree House
Building, Cooking Workshop, and Ta’am Ivrit, each of these five programs will
be a blast!” says Kyle.
Program: Farm to Table: Chef’s Immersion
Staff Spotlight: Trisha Margulies
to Table: Chef’s Immersion is an awesome program that will take place at
Pushing the Envelope Farm. Trisha and her husband, Rabbi Fred, started Pushing
the Envelope Farm 8 years ago because of how much they believed in Jewish
Environmental Education. Trisha has lived all around the country and eventually
settled back in Chicago to open this farm up. Trisha loves make an impact on
other people. She says, “I think it's always exciting to work young people
because they ‘push the envelope.’ Young people want to be challenged and I
think they want to change peoples’ lives.”
somebody who very much cares about our environment and Judaism, she was able to
create Farm to Table: Chef’s Immersion, a program that does both. Participants will
learn about cooking and have a true farm to table experience. The participants
will be making enough food to eat, as well as give back to those in need. There
are so many different types of food in different cultures that people often
don't know about it, and on this program, participants will get to taste some
of those new foods and create some of their own new memories.
Russell Wiener, is a musician, producer, and engineer in Los
Angeles, California. He also is one of the staff members for School of Rock,
taking place at Beber Camp. He has been involved in music at camp for 15 years,
ever since the Executive Director, Stefan Teodosic, asked Russell if he would
put together a music program.
At School of Rock teens will be able to play, collaborate, learn
songs, play together, write music, perform, find a new passion, and make
friends. No skill level or instruments are required! According to Russell,
he got involved in School of Rock because, “It gives me a chance to build on
the music programs we have!” He is excited to watch the program grow and create
meaningful experiences for Jewish teens in the area.
Program: Big Apple Adventure
Staff Spotlight: Levi Zeffren
Zeffren is the City Director of Chicagoland NCSY. NCSY has spent months putting
together an incredible experience full of fun and adventure. They could not be
more excited to meet everyone signed up and spend 5 days together in NY!