In this edition of Hakshivu we are introducing a few members of our Tzevet Chinuch for Kayitz 19.We are so excited to introduce you to 10 returning and three new staff members. Click here to read more about them. Our returning staff members are Chana Israel, Rabbi Karen Citrin, Rabbi Micah Citrin, Rav Yaakov Komisar (our Mashgiach Ruchani), Rav Amalia Mark, Rabbi Richie Polirer, Joanne Camann, Justin Cammy and Roselyn Farren. Our three new Morim are Karni Goldshmid-Lahav, Maayan Leshem and Jennifer Geretez. Karni and Maayan are joining us from Israel, where Maayan is a tour guide and teacher. Karni will be teaching Hebrew at Yavneh this summer. And Jennifer is joining us from New Jersey.
We recently reached out to this dynamic tzevet to discover a little more about them and here is what they shared:
Favorite camp/outdoor activity?
“Having the opportunity to start my day with an early morning walk around Lucas Pond.” – Chana
“Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat Services at Gilboa, our outdoor amphitheater; also, weekday morning musical tefillah at the amphitheater — both spiritual Jewish moments to remember and cherish.” – Rabbi Richie
“Stargazing in the field at night, it’s absolutely perfect for catching shooting stars.” – Rav Amalia
“When I was at Yavneh in the 80s/90s, my favorite activity was boating! I hope to get out on a boat this summer.” – Rabbi Karen
“Canon-balls in the Agam on a steamy day.” – Justin
“My favorite outdoor activities outdoors at camp are swimming and kayaking in the Agam.” – Joanne
“One of my favorite things to do at camp or in general is hiking!” – Rav Yaakov
What are you looking forward to most this summer?
“I am looking forward to energizing morning tefilah and sitting outside under a tree for kitah when the weather is nice.” – Rabbi Karen
“”Minyan Man,” of course. One of the most inspired tunes in the Jewish folk repertoire.” – Justin
“Learning Torah with my campers,” – Jennifer
“Getting to know Camp Yavneh, it’s my first time.” – Maayan
“Good times in kitah, of course!” – Rabbi Micah
“Looking forward most to meeting new friends who are committed to learning Hebrew in a fun way.” – Karni
“I am most looking forward to being at camp and sharing both the ruach and the relaxation of Shabbat with everyone, campers and staff.” – Joanne
“I’m most looking forward to learning from my campers every single day. 14 year olds have a lot of wisdom!” – Rav Amalia
“Getting to know my new students and seeing how much chanichim from previous Kitot have grown and changed.” – Roselyn
What is the most unique item you are packing in your luggage for camp?
“My tzalachat m’ofefet (that’s Hebrew for frisbee)” – Rabbi Micah
“Rainboots with whales on them.” – Jennifer
“My cutesy T-shirt collection, some sweet and some salty. eg, Happy Wife, Happy Life. AND, my dinosaur and new gorilla onesie suits; they spice up dinner, on occasion, and are a blast from the (distant) past. A real JEW-rassic Park?” – Rabbi Richie
“We’re packing literally EVERYTHING WE OWN! (We’re leaving our house in Sharon at the beginning of camp and moving to Baltimore afterward!)” – Rav Yaakov
“Light-blocking paper shades and a pink mesh net for my son Will to play with at the Agam?”- Roselyn Farren
“Coffee.” – Karni
“My red tambourine.” – Maayan
“Slime to share.” – Chana