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Helene Drobenare, MSW, has been the director of CYJ Sprout Lake since 1999. She lived in Israel for four years after making aliyah. In Israel, she worked for TRACKS Adventures as the Director of Operations and Overseas Marketing.

Helene is currently at work on a MA/PhD at The New School in Organizational Change Management. She is also an active community volunteer, working closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She lives in Tenafly, NJ.


I'm Marci Soifer, the Assistant Director, and I am so excited to be working with CYJ Sprout Lake. I have been at CYJ Sprout Lake for the past 8 summer, in a range of positions from full-time madricha to Program Coordinator. I grew up in Michigan, and spent summers at CYJ Midwest, Tel Yehudah, and Young Judaea Israel Programs. I attended the University of Michigan, and graduated in 2004 with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. I am currently living in Manhattan, and looking forward to another great summer at CYJ Sprout Lake!

I can be reached at msoifer@youngjudaea.org. I Look forward to hearing from you soon!


Shalom! I'm Randi Weitz and I became the Registrar at Camp Sprout Lake in October 2006. I am originally from Queens, and I studied Speech Pathology/ Audiology at C.W. Post Long Island University. Jewish camping has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I am a third generation alumna of Surprise Lake Camp, where I was both a camper and a staff member for many years. I am excited and proud to join the Young Judaea family and can't wait to spend the summer at CYJ Sprout Lake. I look forward to meeting and hearing from all of you! Please feel free to contact me at rweitz@youngjudaea.org.


I'm Ido Benvenisti, the Shaliach for NewJersey & Eastern Pennsylvania, and I will be working as the Education Director at Sprout Lake this summer! I grew up in Jerusalem and was a staff sergeant in the combat engineering corps for the IDF. I have been a madrich (counselor) at Tel-Yehudah and on Year Course, and most recently I worked as the assistant director of informal education for Year Course. After the army, I attented Hebrew Univeristy where I majored in Education. I now live in Jersey City and am enjoying my new life in the USA! I am very excited to be at CYJ Sprout Lake this summer, and to work with all the campers and staff! Please feel free to write me regarding anything, here is my email address: ibenvenisti@youngjudaea.org.
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