Wynnewood, PA Northwestern University Camp Ramah in the Poconos
Ariel grew up in suburban Philadelphia, where he attended the Perlman Jewish day School and Lower Merion High School. He was active in high school in the Lower Merion Players, participating in Theatre, Chorus and Orchestra. He also served as Religion/Education VP of USY. At Northwestern University, he studies Vocal Performance and Choral Music Education. He directed the Renaissance Group on campus, and is active at Hillel.
Bergenfield, NJ University of Michigan Camp Stone
Kevin Wolf is studying computer science at the University of Michigan. He is from Bergenfield, NJ and attended the Frisch School for high school and then went on to learn at Yeshivat Orayta in Israel for two incredible years. After yeshiva, Kevin worked at Camp Stone where he learned about the importance of being a role model to others in every situation and environment. On campus, Kevin quickly became the head of the O-Minyan (Orthodox) and then created an organization called the “FRAת” to try to bring Friendly Relatable Accessible תורה to campus. He is also the Co-Chair of MuJew, a Muslim-Jewish dialogue group on campus, where student try to discuss the similarities between their traditions and how those traditions can be difficult to uphold in America. Kevin is constantly inspired by the moments of potential connection that Judaism creates through the mitzvot and these commandments continually remind him to be mindful in life and teach others about the values of the Jewish people. Kevin hopes to make Jewish education more inspiring, applicable and compelling than it currently is through passion, meaning and computer science.
Saint Louis Park, MN Tufts University Camp Ramah Wisconsin
Ari Weinstein was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he attended the Minneapolis Jewish Day School and St. Louis Park Senior High. Ari grew up going to Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, and was involved in USY during high school. He now attends Tufts University, where he studies history and sociology. Outside of classes at Tufts, Ari spends his time teaching health classes in Boston-area public schools with the organization Peer Health Exchange, in addition to working at the campus Hillel and dancing with a competitive dance team. For two summers, Ari worked as a staff member at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, and spent summer 2016 working at a resource center for migrant workers and asylum seekers in Tel Aviv. Judaism is important to him because it provides frameworks for kindness and thoughtfulness in everyday actions, and he is excited to go on Nachshon and think about ways that he can embed Judaism and Jewish values into a future career.
Deerfield, IL University of Wisconsin – Madison Camp Ramah Wisconsin
Sam Weiner was born in Washington D.C. but grew up in Deerfield, IL. He is majoring in Chemistry and getting a certificate in Education and Educational Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sam is a member of the Running Club at school and he also spends three days a week teaching at the local Hebrew school. He is the Jewish Community Intern at Hillel where he is in charge of coordinating Conservative services and other Jewish programming on campus. Sam worked at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin last summer as a counselor for Atzmayim, the vocational program for young adults with special needs, and spent the previous two summers as a counselor in Tikvah for the younger kids with special needs. Sam feels that the wonderful experiences he’s had in Jewish communities across the country, at home, and at camp, have inspired him stay connected with Judaism wherever he is. In the future, he hopes to work with children and the sciences and possibly continue working with individuals with special needs.
Largo, FL American University URJ Camp Coleman
Aaron Torop grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, and currently attends American University in Washington DC, pursuing a double major in Jewish Studies and Political Science. Aaron is a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program and served as a First-Year teaching assistant. He spent the summer of 2016 in Melbourne, Australia, as an AJC Goldman Fellow at the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council. This past year, he interned at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and led AU Hillel’s weekly text study group. He has attended URJ Camp Coleman since he was 5 years old, serving for two summers as a camp counselor with 10-12 year olds. He is inspired by the deep, intrinsic connection of Judaism with social justice, and interested in motivating Jewish communities to get involved in justice work. He hopes to become a rabbi and work in the Reform movement on issues of social justice.
Monroeville, PA Muhlenberg College URJ Camp Harlam
Aviva is from a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. She is a Jewish Studies major in the Elementary Education Certification Program at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. On campus, students often see Aviva walking backwards as a Campus Tour Guide or volunteering with children as a brother of Alpha Phi Omega. Aviva just completed her two-semester term as Secretary on the Muhlenberg College Hillel Executive Board, and she also has served on the Education Society Board for four semester-long terms as Treasurer and then Vice President. Aviva spent this past summer at URJ Camp Harlam as one of the Junior Camp Assistant Unit Heads. She is inspired by the way Jewish communities around the world can come together for one weekend or one summer and step out of their comfort zones to become a part of something greater. Aviva aspires to work with children in informal Jewish settings, specifically camps, with a Masters in Non Profit Management.
Springfield, IL Indiana University URJ Camp OSRUI
Raya was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. She currently attends Indiana University where she is majoring in Youth Development and minoring in Jewish Studies. On campus, she has served as an active member of her Hillel’s Board of Directors, and as chapter President of Sigma Delta Tau, a Jewish sorority. In addition, she bikes in Indiana University’s annual Little 500 bicycle race. Raya spent a semester in high school in Israel, and grew up as a camper at Camp OSRUI. As a result, Judaism has provided me with a sense of identidy and a core set of values. She has been on staff at Camp OSRUI in Wisconsin for four summers. At camp she is a counselor for fourth through seventh graders, and the last two summers she has been the unit medic. Raya plans to lead Jewish youth with culture, spirituality, religion and community in order to guide them on a Jewish path of their own.
Somerville, MA Barnard College & JTS Camp Ramah in California
Ilana Sandberg was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is on a bit of an atypical educational route: after high school she took a gap year on Nativ (in Israel) and then another “gap year” at Muhlenberg College. When she transferred to Barnard and List College after that she was faced with another four years of college. Ilana is majoring in English and Bible but more importantly she is a member of Pizmon, the Jewish a cappella group on campus of which she was the music director last year. This past summer Ilana was a rosh edah at Ramah Galim–a brand new specialty camp on the beaches of Northern California. She will be returning to continue building this camp this coming summer and hopefully for many more to come; the Ramah camping movement is on her list of ideal jobs within her aspirations to pursue Jewish informal education. Ilana is inspired by Jewish music and the ever changing traditions and communal values surfaced within that music.
New York City, NY Columbia University & JTS Camp Lavi
Chantal Rubin is originally from New York City. She grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and went to Ramaz until her family moved to Toronto in 9th grade where she went to high school. Chantal is completing two Bachelor’s degrees, one at the Jewish Theological Seminary where she is studying Ethics, and one at Columbia University, where she is studying Urban Studies with a focus in Political Science. She is the Director of Recruitment at TAMID of Columbia, a nonprofit organization that develops the professional business skills of students through hands-on interaction with the Israeli economy. She is also on the board of the Columbia Real Estate Society. What inspires Chantal about Judaism is that it is never ending, and there is always more to strive for, whether it be practical goals or values that drive a certain tone to her life.
Crouton-on-Hudson, NY University of Pennsylvania Camp Ramah Nyack
Shayna Roth, originally from Westchester, New York, is a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Urban Studies and Urban Education. She has spent the past 14 summers at Ramah camps, most recently as the “Sgan Rosh Edah,” or assistant division head, for campers entering 4th grade at Ramah Nyack. Shayna actively participates in hunger relief efforts in her community through interning at the Food Bank for Westchester and at Challah for Hunger, volunteering at various food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the week, and serving on Penn Hillel’s Tzedek Social Justice Committee. She enjoys spending time as a teacher’s assistant in a West Philadelphia elementary school as well. The values her involvements in camp and other Jewish organizations have instilled in her, especially related to tikkun olam, encourage her to enter the fields of Jewish education and nonprofit leadership. Shayna is eager and excited for the ways in which her semester as a Nachshon fellow will guide these interests further.
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