We are so excited to introduce you to our wonderful Omanut staff for Kayitz 19. Jayne Miller is our new Betzelal Artist-in-Residence – a newly designed position with Jayne’s talents in mind. Many of you have seen Jayne’s creative art projects around camp from her 18 years with us, and in this new role she will have even more time to focus on special projects for Yavneh. We also want to welcome back Julie Leshem, our very talented ceramic artist who has worked with countless campers on expressing themselves through sculpting. Dave Mitchell, who teaches woodworking, is back! He is well loved by both campers and staff alike. And Tali Edry is joining us once again from Israel – we are lucky to have her! We would like to send out a warm welcome to some new Omanut faces – Aliza Boroda, from Haifa, Israel who is our new Rosh Omanut, Leah Raub, also from Israel, and Rachel Perdue and Shirah Rubin, both hailing from Massachusetts. There will also be a number of madrichim who will be supporting our specialists in areas like jewelry and cartooning.
We recently reached out to this dynamic team to discover a little more about them and here is what they shared:
Favorite camp/outdoor activity?
“I enjoy all the activities at camp so I really don’t have a favorite. I like viewing them as a bystander and cheerleader.” – Dave Mitchell
“I loved summer camp so much as a kid, and now I’m really excited to see my children have a wonderful, Jewish summer camp experience .” – Aliza Boroda
“My favorite camp outdoor activity is swimming across the lake on a sunny day.” – Julie Leshem
“My favorite camp activity is teaching art with the amazing staff.” – Tali Edry
What are you looking forward to most this summer?
“I am looking forward to the beautiful nature that surrounds us at camp and how amazing creativity exists in all of us.” – Jayne Miller
“Most looking forward to sharing my passion for clay with young people, making a space in the ceramics studio for campers to slow down, relax, learn new skills and create.” – Julie Leshem
“Looking forward to meeting a new community.” – Rachel Perdue
“This will be my thirteenth year working at camp Yavneh. I work at the camp year round. Many days the camp is very quiet with the wind blowing through the trees the only sound, so what I’m looking forward to the most this summer is the camp coming to life after a long winter rest.” – Dave Mitchell
“I’m looking forward to Shabbat at Yavneh and the great tzevet.“ – Tali Edry
“I am excited to work with campers on many creative projects, including mosaics for some campers to take home, time capsules, and campers creating art “pop-ups” that the Yavneh community will be able to experience in unexpected places in the camp.” – Shirah Rubin
What is the most unique item you are packing in your luggage for camp?
“Gigantic ice cube molds.” – Rachel Perdue
“My sketchbook.” – Leah Raub
“A scooter I look forward to riding.” – Shirah Rubin
“A copy of my most recently illustrated children’s book… and if you ask nicely, I might let you see!” – Aliza Boroda
“My flex-shaft in my luggage.” – Jayne Miller