My name is Sarah Pomeranz and I am co-rosh (division head) of Leviim with Ravi Brenner. We cannot express in words alone how excited we are for this awesome summer, so we included some pictures as well! This is Ravi and my first summer as Roshes, our third as tzevet (staff) and our first with the Leviim age range. All Leviim campers are going into 9th grade, the most transformative of times, and we are honored to be accompanying them through this transition. Both Ravi and I loved our Leviim summer as chanichim (campers). It’s the age when the aydah really unifies and chanichim branch out to make new friends…and it’s going to be epic!
For those of you less familiar with Machaneh Yavneh, we’re here in Northwood every kayitz (summer) keeping it real and pluralistic (Klal Yisrael). Yavneh is a very special place in the hearts of hundreds of Yavneh alumni. There is something unique about Yavneh, maybe some of that Shabbat spice, that brings back campers kayitz after kayitz. This is my 10th summer and Ravi’s 12th, and that is very common here. Being in such a safe, accepting environment around people with a shared passion for Judaism and silliness is like nothing else in this world. As you age, you start to realize how much of an impact your kayitzim (summers) at Machaneh Yavneh really helped shape you as an individual.
Leviim ‘17 is going to be an incredible aydah! We have so much planned in store and have been awaiting our chanichim’s arrival. In addition to all the incredible chugim (electives) that are offered every kayitz, this year we will be offering sadnaot at the end of second session. These specialty electives will allow the chanichim to improve their skills in activities such as waterskiing, golf and improv! Leviim will be going on an overnight to the Highland Center during first session, which will be a great opportunity to get out into nature and bond as an aydah. We can’t tell you all the secret surprises that will unfold as the summer goes on, but stay tuned!
Sarah (and Ravi)
Your Co-Roshai Leviim