We recently had a chance to connect with Leah Sarna, Camp Yavneh alumni, to ask her a few questions about Yavneh. Leah is a fourth (and final) year smicha student at Yeshivat Maharat and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She works as the congregational intern at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains and has taught Torah in communities around the world from London to Tel Aviv and Melbourne. Leah lives in New York City with her husband, Ethan Schwartz.
1.What is your connection to Camp Yavneh? “I was a camper from Gurim in 2000 through Kerem ’07 and N’aaleh ’08, then a madricha for the fabulous Arayot in ’09 and Leviim in 2010. My brother started at Yavneh before I did (he was K’04) and when I was really young my parents used to come to Yavneh as scholars in residence, so I have very early and very wonderful memories from camp!!”
2.Favorite memory of camp? “Maalot ’06 sweeping Zimriyah was definitely a tremendous highlight. But also basically all of Shabbat every Shabbat. There’s really nothing like Shabbat at camp.
3. Favorite Zimriyah Song? “The Maalot ’06 Shir Ayda to “Heaven is a Place on Earth” still periodically runs through my head. So I suppose I should go with that? But I really love basically all things Zimriyah!”